Deer Creek Dinners
Ranch chicken and asparagus, spaghetti with Italian turkey sausage, cheeseburger salad. When residents get to know these dinner recipes, they get to know the Leland Medical Clinic.
Through a new program called Deer Creek Dinners, the Leland Medical Clinic is placing branded recipe cards with the clinic logo at Stop N Shop grocery stores in Leland and Hollandale. The program is part of the efforts of the Deer Creek Promise Community (DCPC) and the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) to build healthier communities.
“The goal is to raise awareness of the clinic and to send the message that the clinic is a place that can meet all your healthcare needs,” said Stephanie Patton with DHA.
About 1,000 recipe cards a week for five weeks will be distributed through each Stop N Shop store. The ingredients and products for each recipe can be found in the stores and all the meals can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.
“The recipes will be available on our website and through social media,” said Patton. “We will also do cooking demonstrations by video and on local television.”
Deer Creek Dinners dovetails with a new nutrition program held at the clinic. Nutrition classes center on diabetes education, healthy eating and exercise to help residents live more quality lives. Communities such as Leland and Hollandale have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, so educating residents to make the most of available produce is crucial. The nutrition program holds one class a week for up to six weeks.
Participants range from middle age to senior citizens and are referred to the program from nurse practitioners due to chronic health issues. Pre-and post-testing is conducted to gauge the success of the classes.
Deer Creek Dinners will remind residents of all the programs and services offered by the clinic. Since opening in May 2016, the clinic has become a hub for health living. Housed in the renovated old city hospital, the clinic has added new services, programs and equipment at a rapid pace. The clinic has:
- Undergone a $1.2 million renovation to offer quality healthcare to residents who might otherwise be forced to travel to see a doctor or nurse practitioner. The renovation was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Installed a state-of-the-art, $75,000 x-ray machine, allowing patients to receive results in 15 minutes.
- Opened the Universal Parenting Place (UPP) – a newly renovated wing of the clinic that provides free resources for parents and guardians to build on the emotional well-being of families. The facility was made possible through a $200,000 grant from the Memphis-based ACE Awareness Foundation in conjunction with (DHA).
- Implemented a host of new services for residents, such as the “Getting Healthy” program. Through the clinic, residents have access to a host of lifestyle programs aimed at keeping residents active and healthier.
- Begun a much-need mammography program with a nearly $200,000 mammography machine via a grant administered by DHA. More than 1,000 women over 40 now have access to breast cancer screening in their community.
- Hit the road with a new $300,000 mobile health clinic destined to make a profound difference in a region hindered by a lack of transportation and financial resources. The mobile clinic was funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Deer Creek Dinners is just the latest successful link in a healthcare chain that is serving an area historically neglected when it comes to healthcare.
“We’ll be able to track the number of users of the recipe cards through our website and video views,” said Patton. “We want to make healthy eating as simple as possible and provide the tools that residents can use to eat better and live better.”