Davis County Health Senior Services
Legal Applicant- Davis County Health Department- Senior Services
Serving Davis County since 1934, the Davis County Health Department is the oldest established local public health department in Utah. In 2006, Davis County area agency on aging became part of the Davis County Health Department under the Family Health and Senior Services Division.
The Davis County Health Department's Senior Services bureau has been serving those aged 60 and older for more than thirty years and is committed to promoting the dignity, self determination, well being and contribution of older adults. The Senior Services bureau proposes to develop and manage the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Davis County, Utah. The RSVP Director will report to Debbie Draper, Senior Centers Bureau Manager, who then reports to Sally Kershisnik, Family Health and Senior Services Division Director, she reports to Lewis Garrett, Davis County Director of Health.
The Health Department is committed to a continuous quality improvement process. Staff members are encouraged to seek out ways to improve programs, processes, activities in bettering the service provided to the public. This staff focused approach empowers employees to design and implement improvements throughout the Department.
Number of volunteers: 500 RSVP Volunteers will be recruited, trained, placed and maintained over the project period of three years.
Dollar Amount Requesting: $175,000
Service Categories addressed: Healthy Futures- Independent Living: Congregate Meals; Healthy Futures- Independent Living: Food Security; Health Futures- Independent Living- Hospital Readmission Rate Reduction: Education: Tutoring and Child(elementary) literacy; Environmental Stewardship: Park Facilities/Trail Improvement; Hospital and Clinical Support Services; and Senior Center Programs.
Community Needs Addressed: RSVP will address the community needs identified by the Health Department, local advisory council, the local food pantry and HealthInsight by serving in nutrition services to combat hunger among the elderly, tutoring children in Davis School District, assisting to reduce hospital readmission rates among Medicare beneficiaries, and human needs programs. The population age 55 and older is substantial enough to accomplish our goals. As of the 20120 census, 50,780 individuals ages 55 and older reside in Davis County. Senior based programming is essential to the life of our communities.
Research based methods used: CRTs, DIBLES and STAR testing will be used as well as teacher input for tutoring programs. HealthInsight will provide date regarding hospital readmission rates in the two hospitals served in Davis County. Nutrition services will provide data from both congregate meal and home delivered meals programs as well as surveys from program participants.
Project's Anticipated outcomes: Elementary age students will improve reading, comprehension and math skills needed to advance to next grade. Seniors participating in congregate meals will experience a sense of belonging and social connection to others. We will reduce hunger among seniors by providing them with a hot, well balanced meal daily. Hospital readmission rates among Medicare beneficiaries will reduce to Medicare approved levels. RSVP Volunteers will feel more connected to their community in which they live and will enjoy a better quality of life