Manchester health team implements system to encourage behavior change | Loop Jamaica

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The Victoria Town community in South Manchester will benefit from a one-year Targeted Community Intervention (TCI) programme aimed at impacting positive behaviour changes among community members.

The TCI programme will be spearheaded by the Manchester Health Department and will empower community members to make positive behaviour changes in relation to health, wellness and environmental health practices.

The programme was launched at the Victoria Town Primary School on Friday, April 29, using the theme “Step Up! Stand Out! Tek Charge, A Fi Wi Community”, and will use a collaborative approach with the school, the police, political directorate and other government agencies and stakeholders.

According to the Medical Officer of Health for Manchester, Dr Nadine Williams, the rural community was selected based on clinical data which revealed several challenges in the community including health and social issues.

“A part of our mission is to work with you the community members to make your lives healthier and to empower you to make positive changes,” Dr Williams said.

The Health Department will use initiatives and strategies to work with residents including health screenings, group counselling and health committee meetings.

Community members will also be empowered with knowledge of the use of exercise and proper nutrition to create a healthier lifestyle.