Maximizing Brief Encounters

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Training

The Maximizing Brief Encounters program is an innovative Southern Oregon project that provides training for senior meal program volunteers in health promotion and disease prevention. The project was funded by The Northwest Health Foundation, and was brought to fruition by Sharon Johnson, OSU Extension Family and Community Health. Other contributors to the project include Senior and Disability Services in Jackson and Josephine Counties, OSU College of Pharmacy, OHSU School of Nursing, and community health and nutrition professionals.

The program provides staff and volunteers with informational tools to perform simple interventions to support recipients of home-delivered meals so they may live independently. Volunteer training includes workshops on:
  • Communicating Effectively with Aging Persons
  • Relating to Persons with Sensory Impairment
  • Understanding Age-Related Memory Loss
  • Recognizing Medication Problems
  • Recognizing and Responding to Depression
  • Understanding Food borne Illness
  • Addressing Home Safety
  • Knowing and Using Community Resources

View a Power Point presentation about this project


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