HealthMessages Program: Peer to Peer

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The Peer to Peer HealthMessages Program is an evidence-informed program that includes a HealthMessages Program Kit and a 90-minute Webinar training for Healthy Lifestyle Coaches (HLCs) (people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) and their Mentors. The training is recommended for HLC/Mentor Team. HLCs are leaders and educators who share HealthMessages with their peers. Mentors are support staff, friends, or family members of HLCs. Mentors are trained in HealthMessages Program together with HLC and support them during HealthMessages classes for a 12-week period.

HealthMessages Program Kit includes enough materials to run a class for 10 peers:
- HealthMessages Coaching Manual
- Booklets for 10 peers
- Wristbands for 10 peers
- Five posters
- Additional props

Audience
People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and caregivers/support persons of individuals with disabilities.

Learning Objectives
During training, HLCs and their mentors learn about the Healthy Lifestyle Coaches: Coaching Manual and practice the 12 lessons to teach peers:
1. Talk about how physical activity and drinking water can help our bodies,
2. Talk about HealthMessages to be more physically active and drink more water,
3. Become a Healthy Lifestyle Coach and/or a Mentor, and
4. Run a 12-week HealthMessages Program for peers.

CEUs/CPEUs
One (1.5) CEU/CPEU provided for Advance Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LSW, LPC, LCPC), Licensed Dietitian Nutritionists (RD), Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDP), Speech Language Pathologists, and Illinois Teachers (CPDUs). Add extra $15 per person for CEUs.
Resources
HealthMessages Brochure
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Cost
Off-Site Training:
  • $280/HealthMessages Program Kit* (domestic shipping included).
  • $75 Webinar* (free with purchase of 3 kits).
More Information
Jasmina Sisirak
jsisirak@uic.edu


*You do not need to attend the Webinar to purchase HealthMessages Program Kit.

Brochure
Development of initial evidence-based program was funded through Special Olympics International by cooperative agreement #U01DD000302 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The information presented reflects the view of the authors, not the CDC.
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