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Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care Inc.

With high rates of poverty, heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, Savannah, GA, has some of the greatest health disparities and highest medical costs in the nation. With a shared commitment to improving the health of all people, especially those in high-risk populations and with limited financial resources, Canyon Ranch Institute and Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care Inc. partnered in 2014 to improve health outcomes of some of Savannah’s neediest citizens.

BACKGROUND

Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care Inc. (CVCPHC) is a private, not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center offering a wide range of health services to the uninsured and under-insured in Savannah since 1974. CVCPHC is a partner of the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, a body of stakeholders that collaborates to improve health outcomes in Chatham County, GA.

In 2014, Canyon Ranch Institute partnered with Morris Multimedia, Inc., and Charles H. and Rosalie Morris to offer the Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) through CVCPHC in Savannah. The program aims to eliminate health disparities and empower residents of Savannah to prevent chronic disease and embrace a life of wellness.

The first group of participants started experiencing the CRI LEP in Savannah in March 2014. Since then, Savannah-area residents have participated in CRI LEP group sessions, one-on-one consultations, and community activities based on the integrative health approach that addresses physical activity, nutrition, behavior change, stress management, and social support to improve health literacy, and prevent disease. As part of the CRI LEP, yoga classes, fitness sessions, and community walking groups are offered at CVCPHC and the Charles H. Morris Center.

How We’re Making a Difference

Results from the CRI LEP at the CVCPHC indicate participants experience a number of healthy changes. Among the improvements are adopting healthier behaviors, losing weight, improving their strength, feeling less depressed, knowing more about health, lowering blood pressure, increasing the ability to manage stress and pain, making healthier food and portion choices, and engaging more with their community.

To learn more about Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, visit www.cvcphc.net.