Vivir una Vida Plena (Living a Fulfilling Life) is a program dedicated to promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyles among individuals at high risk for or diagnosed with the early stages of chronic diabetic kidney disease (CDKD). Located in Texas, the program uses a participant-centered approach that provides education, support and skill building to help participants live healthy lives.
Our Community Health Workers (CHWs) enroll program participants via door to door outreach in predominantly Latino and Hispanic neighborhoods, otherwise known as colonias. Residents are linked to one of three clinical partner locations to receive a free lab. If they are found to be at high risk for or are diagnosed with early-stage CDKD, they qualify for enrollment in disease self-management education classes.
The classes, conducted by our Community Health Workers, consist of six weekly sessions, where participants learn how to manage their chronic diabetic kidney disease. Throughout the classes, the CHWs will share practical tips, suggestions, and strategies to build confidence in managing chronic illness and symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, disability, and depression. Additionally, CHWs will promote action planning and goal setting techniques to help participants achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Upon completion of the classes, Community Health Workers follow up with the participants to ensure they have access to the resources they need. These resources may include medical assistance programs, health insurance, and specialist visits if needed. Finally, Our Community Health Workers also encourage participants to attend a free follow-up lab screening with our clinical partners; Med Check Labs and El Milagro Clinic.