Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, NIHHC

Where is it?

444 N. Nappanee St. Elkhart, IN 46514

K21 Health Services Pavilion Building 1515

Provident Dr., Suite 140

Warsaw, IN 46580

What are the phone numbers?

Warsaw: (574) 372-3536 or (574) 304-7913

Elkhart: (574) 522-0966

Toll free: (877) 21-SALUD/(877) 217-2583

Can I speak Spanish when I call?

Yes

Can I find information on the internet?

Yes, at www.nihhc.com and you can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NIHHCSALUD

What services do they provide?

The NIHHC provides its services in Elkhart, Noble and Kosciusko counties. Specifically for HIV, the NIHHC serves the same three counties plus St. Joseph County. The services include the following:

  • Preventative health care education classes are offered quarterly and last between 3 and 6 sessions per class. The classes follow curriculums that have been created and approved by well-know agencies. All the programs incorporate lectures and active participation from the attendees.
    1. Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: focuses on changing unhealthy habits through techniques that promote the management of symptoms like stress, frustration, fatigue, and pain which are common among people who suffer from chronic diseases. This program follows a curriculum developed by Stanford University.
    2. Search Your Heart: teaches the risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It follows the curriculum of the American Heart Association. In addition, part of the program incorporates healthy recipes presented by a professional chef (i.e. a low fat recipe for the cholesterol session, or a low sodium recipe for the blood pressure session, etc).
    3. Bienvenido or Welcome: is a mental health program that teaches techniques to manage depression and homesickness. It follows the curriculum of Bienvenido Community Solutions, LLC.
    4. Diabetes Empowerment Education Program, DEEP: this program’s goal is to educate the participants about the warning signs of diabetes, and how to manage diabetes. It follows the curriculum of the University of Illinois in Chicago.
    5. Family Nutrition Program: teaches techniques to improve family nutrition while on a budget. It follows the USDA and Purdue University curriculums.
    6. Take Care of your Health While Growing you Wealth: is a program offered in conjunction with the Purdue Extension. It focuses on techniques to improve budget management and includes presentations on chronic diseases and the importance of one’s health.
    7. Teeth to Treasure: promotes good oral health, follows the American Dental Association curriculum, and is intended for children in grades 2-6.
    8. Healthy Hearts: this curriculum, created by the NIHHC, teaches students in grades 4-6 about the heart, nutrition, and exercise. Through hands-on activities, the 6-session program aims to prevent childhood obesity by instilling the tools and knowledge needed to make healthier decision.
  • Health fairs: in collaboration with various health care providers and community sponsors, health screenings are offered every two months in Kosciusko County, and at least three times a year in Elkhart and Noble counties. Health screenings can also be schedule at either NIHHC office on a regular basis.
  • Outreach activities: in collaboration with other agencies, the NIHHC offers presentations about breast cancer, diabetes, car seat safety, infant mortality, HIV, and obesity, among others.
  • Referrals: clients are referred to physicians and health care facilities that are attuned to the community’s needs. The NIHHC also teaches the community to become more self-sufficient, by giving them a copy of the Bilingual Community Resource Directory and incentivizing their use. This directory is distributed at no-cost to local area agencies and community members.
  • Community involvement builds leadership by offering opportunities to serve as a volunteer, participate in trainings, and get involved in events that benefit our community as a whole.

How much do the services cost?

Educational classes and health screenings offered during health fairs and outreach activities are free of cost. Also, the Resource Directories are free of cost to the community. Health screenings perform at the NIHHC’s offices will have a minimal cost.

What are their office hours?

Elkhart: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Warsaw: Monday thru Friday  9: a.m. – 5 p.m.

Educational classes and events are held during the evenings and weekends.

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