Peekskill Area Health Center

Daily Point of Light # 1046 Feb 5, 1998

The Peekskill Area Health Center (PAHC) has been providing a comprehensive range of preventative health care service to more than 20,000 users annually for the past 20 years. PAHC's mission is to provide quality, preventative, patient-centered medical and dental services; prevent and control disease; empower patients through knowledge; encourage healthy lifestyles and promote partnerships to health care.

Health in A.C.T.I.O.N. (Accessing Care Together in Our Neighborhoods) is a corps of trained volunteers involved in a broad range of community based health care initiatives, with a special focus on women, children and youth. Health in A.C.T.I.O.N. has spurred the development of numerous community projects that strengthen the physical, mental, social, intellectual and spiritual health of special populations

Health in A.C.T.I.O.N. programs include Project L.I.F.E. (Learning Information Fosters Empowerment), an educational and peer support program targeting the unique needs of pregnant and parenting teens and H.U.G.s (Health Unites Generations), an intergenerational program linking teen and the homebound elderly. Healthy Transitions is a life skills training program from homeless families and Community Care Partner Program links trained community volunteers to women in need of support during prenatal and postpartum period. Through Minority Health Awareness Project, Health in A.C.T.I.O.N. develops health fairs and Vida Latina is a youth group embracing the multiple concerns of Latino youth.

These programs illustrate the kinds of prevention initiatives that engage clients to participate in meaningful and valued activities and roles involving problem solving, decision-making and goal setting.