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Virtual Health and Wellness Classes

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on every aspect of life in the United States and across the world. The disruptions are far-reaching and have required major adjustments in our lives. And yet, our experiences over centuries remind us that people living in this country are resilient and capable of overcoming what appear to be insurmountable obstacles. Maintaining a sense of normalcy in turbulent times has been a critically important survival strategy. Its In The Genes, LLC (IITG) has had the privilege of engaging some of the most resilient residents of the District of Columbia. Our Health & Wellness programs have enabled us to get to know hundreds of District citizens, who survive tough challenges on a daily basis. Based on the reports and data captured by IITG the demand and the need of delivering Virtual Health and Wellness Classes provides a welcome and much anticipated opportunity for release and relief. In preparing for the Spring/Summer 2020 series of Wellness Series, Its In The Genes, LLC (IITG) has engaged over 160 individuals who have signed up to participate. We know from experience that some will not continue to be eligible to participate for the entire series and some not at all. We also know that of the 160 individuals, typically 40 would appear in person. However, these are individuals who have clearly indicated that they seek to learn how to take charge of their health. Responding to current realities, Its In The Genes, LLC (IITG) wants to continue to share information with the Trusted Health Plan enrollees we have recruited information regarding how to prevent complications to their diabetes and hypertension - information that will help them be more resistant to the coronavirus. To summarize, we at Its In The Genes (IITG) feel a strong obligation to “keep the faith” with these individuals and give them the opportunity, even in the midst of the current crisis, to advance their knowledge and hopefully, take the steps they can take to improve their health. Its In The Genes, LLC (IITG) is proposing to implement a Virtual Health and Wellness Classes in order to respond to these individuals. Due to the current widespread threat of the coronavirus and the vulnerability of our participants, who all have either diabetes and or high blood pressure, group gatherings have been banned by the District of Columbia. This is clearly necessary.Our answer is to create a Virtual Health and Wellness program that will be conducted by means of conference calls until such time as Virtual Health and Wellness Classes in person can reconvene.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Children
Men
Seniors
Teens
Women
International
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
Suburban
All of Us
African Americans or Black
Alaska Natives
American Indian
Asian
Latino or Hispanic
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Community based organization staff
General public
Health care provider
Public health professional
Project Lead:
Vicki Walton
Funding Source: 
SEA
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$24247
Funding Period:
Jan 18, 2021 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded