WHAT DOES WCHAP DO?
WCHAP committed to improving the health of the children in Detroit and Wayne County through helping parents and their children get the most out of their relationship with their pediatrician or family physician. WCHAP provides health education to families, helps doctors improve the quality of their care, and acts as a voice for issues affecting children’s health.
HOW DOES WCHAP DO IT?
WCHAP has a multi-disciplinary team who work with doctors who refer families for a variety of reasons including helping families understand how to access a ride to their child’s doctors’ appointments, to staying on top of their child’s shots, to helping manage asthma, and to offering a free healthy lifestyle program---Fit Kids 360—for the whole family. Click here
to complete a form for a child in need of WCHAP services.
Both parents and doctors want children to be healthy so they can be healthy adults. But there are many barriers that can get in the way of doctors and parents working together. WCHAP works as a link between families, their doctors, and their Medicaid Health Plans to make sure children have the best possible health and healthcare.
FitKids360 is a comprehensive program that helps overweight children lead healthier lives and improve their health. The program gives children and their parents the support they need to make real, lasting behavior change, and provides an effective solution for families who have been unable to make changes on their own. FitKids360 is for children ages 5 to 16 who have a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85th percentile (the medical definition of overweight). It combines education about nutrition, behavioral health and physical activity with opportunities for exercise and other activities. Parents, siblings, and support partners must attend the sessions with their children to increase their knowledge and skills and offer encouragement and support. A physician or healthcare provider referral is required to participate. It is important to note that FitKids360 is a unique evidence-based program – it is thoroughly evaluated with long-term outcomes along with behavior and physical measures.