Research Learning Collaborative Webinar Series

April 2024: A Prescription for Wellness: Exercise Referrals at a Federally Qualified Health Center

An exercise referral program, established in 2017 at a large community health center serving a primarily low-income patient population, addresses limitations in accessible and affordable physical activity opportunities as part of an academic-practice partnership with a nearby university. This presentation, hosted by Kelly Ylitalo, PhD (Baylor University) and Wendy Cox, MPH (Waco Family Medicine), described the “Wellness Center” program, a referral process that engaged over 1,000 patients in guided physical activity training, and presented lessons learned and implementation pivots over the past five years. Quantitative and qualitative data from participants, strengths and challenges of using electronic health records, and their approach to academic-practice partnerships are also highlighted.

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