Community Wellness and Outreach Department

What Is Community Wellness and Outreach?

The Community Wellness and Outreach Department (CWO), provides wellness and education services to clients and empowers them to make lifestyle changes that will change the course of their health and lives. Services are provided at the IHC's Wellness Center in close collaboration with the IHC's Medical Department.

Nutrition Services
A Registered Dietitian / Certified Diabetes Educator provides nutrition education and cooking classes. Individual nutrition services are available as well as monthly Nutrition Classes.

Fitness Program
CWO operates a Fitness Center that is open to all IHC patients. The Fitness Center is equipped with elliptical machines, treadmills, recumbent bikes, dumbbells and an assortment of strength and cardio machines. The gym offers group exercise classes including Walking Spirit (a walking group), Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (chair exercise), Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, and Zumba in a Circuit (a circuit class that alternated between dancing and utilizing fitness equipment). Fitness staff develop individualized fitness plans for you and your family with recommendations from Indian Health Center medical providers.

A physical clearance form needs to be completed by your medical provider before joining the fitness program. The Medical Clearance forms are essentially a doctor's note from a patient's primary care physician, that states the patient is able to work out and lists any limitation the patient may have. The forms are to be updated once a year. Please note, it is the patient's responsibility to notify the Fitness Program of any changes in health and obtain an updated medical clearance.

CWO Calendar

2019 Event Schedule

Produce Mobile 2019

Health Education
CWO staff provide blood pressure screenings at community events and health education regarding chronic disease prevention and wellness promotion. Topics include:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart diseases
  • Cholesterol
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Breast Health Education
  • Resources/Referrals

Diabetes Care Program
CWO provides a diabetes orientation class, diabetes education, and one-on-one case management to assist patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes. CWO Case Managers work closely with Medical Providers in order to improve your blood glucose management.

Diabetes Prevention Program
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an award winning program, nationally recognized by:

  • 2013, 2012 NIHB Regional Impact Award
  • 2013 Nominated for HHS White House Champion for Change - Public Health & Prevention Award
  • 2011 Urban Indian Health Leadership in Data Use Award
  • 2011 Archstone Foundation Award
  • 2010 CDC/DNEP Vinicor Award of Excellence
  • 2009 American Diabetes Association John Pipe Award - Voices for Change
  • 2009 National Indian Health Board Local Impact Award
  • 2008 YMCA - Activate American Award

CWO Staff

Angelina Speltz - Community Wellness & Outreach Director Ext:2781
Loretta Monteros - Office Assistant/Transportation Coordinator Ext: 2661
Art Garces - Van Driver Ext: 3800
Marissa Hemstreet - Fitness Coordinator Ext:3851
Ruben Vargas - Registered Dietitian Ext. 2406
Jesus (Jesse) Fraire - Outreach Coordinator Ext: 2404

Health Education

Brooklynn Lewis - Registered Nurse Ext: 1046
Ronalyn Valdez - Health Educator Ext: 2550
Jessica Denetclaw - Health Educator Ext: 1039

Diabetes Prevention Program

Monica Mireles - DPP Manager Ext: 3590
Russ Behel - DPP Data Specialist Ext: 3120

Location & Contact Information

602 E. Santa Clara Street Suite #130
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 445.3400 Ext. 2661
Fax: (408) 998-0964

Loretta Monteros (Rosebud Sioux Tribe)
Office Assistant/Transportation Coordinator

Wellness Center Hours
Monday 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Tuesday 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Wednesday 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Thursday 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Friday 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Elder Care Program
American Indian / Alaskan Native elders are often the key cultural link to the traditional ways. The Elder Care Program provides health care services to elders who are often isolated and homebound. Services include:

  • Home visits
  • Health screenings
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Case management
  • Fitness programs
  • Elder's luncheon to develop and maintain social relationships
Culturally specific care for a healthy American Indian community:
  • American Indian Care Days at the Wellness Center
  • American Indian Family Fun Nights, where provide a healthy lunch/dinner and informational presentations that focuses on health issues affecting American Indians.
  • American Indian events to promote Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley services offered to the community.
  • Health Education
  • Referrals

Transportation Services
The IHC has a van driver available to transport patients to medical, dental, Counseling and wellness appointments as well as to participate in some cultural activities. We also provide transportation for Youth & Elder Care Programs.

Santa Clara Family Health Plan Members
Santa Clara Family Health Plan members that have been diagnosed with Diabetes by their Primary Care Physician may be eligible to receive ongoing services from the Wellness Center's Diabetes Team.

Services Include:
  • Group Diabetes classes led by a qualified diabetes team. A Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Dietitian. Classes include education, healthy snack, Q&A plus written information
  • Group Nutrition classes led by a Registered Dietitian
  • 1 on 1 diabetes counseling with a Registered Nurse, Registered Dietician/Certified Diabetes Educator or Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Full Fitness Center services with modern gym equipment and certified Fitness Instructors and Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Instructors

These services are offered at no cost to Santa Clara Family Health Plan members who have diabetes. For information on how to obtain a referral or for general questions please contact: Jessica Denetclaw, Health Educator at 408-445-3400 Ext: 1039