Rural Health Education Network (RHEN)
TAHEC Inc., in partnership with Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Tuskegee Medical and Surgical Center, Macon County Health Department, and Bullock County Health Department, has formed the Rural Health Education Network (RHEN).
RHEN was formed to address the high incidence, prevalence and mortality rates of diabetes and related conditions and primarily focuses on wellness and disease prevention strategies aimed at promoting healthy living and preventing diabetes, hypertension and obesity through its Health Screenings and Referrals and Community Education Outreach Program. These programs will take place at local churches, schools, health departments, and community health fairs.
Through the Health Screening and Referrals program, participants will receive a basic medical screening and will be provided with referrals for follow-up care as needed. The Black Belt Medical Reserve Corp will provide health care professionals to conduct the screenings. Those referred will also participate in a risk reduction intervention by receiving health education via telehealth through RHEN's Community Education Outreach Program. These programs, including the follow-up care, will be provided at no cost to qualifying participants.