When Evelyn, a longtime Sun River Health patient, discovered during a primary care visit that her blood sugar was dangerously high, her doctor referred her to Public Health Nutritionist Solange Muller. Immediately, Solange realized that Evelyn was struggling with housing insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Solange connected Evelyn with a local partner organization that offered assistance in paying her rent, allowing Evelyn to remain in her apartment. Solange also recognized that Evelyn would benefit from enrollment in the Sun River Health Healthy Eating program, which provides patients with fresh fruits and vegetables once a week.
With Evelyn’s immediate needs met, Solange used weekly meetings to learn more about her food preferences, specifically her love for recipes from her native Ghana. Realizing that many of these foods were high in carbohydrates, Solange worked with Evelyn to develop substitutes and implement smaller portion sizes. With these changes, and her increased access to fresh, healthy produce, Evelyn began to see improvement in her blood sugar.
To learn more about Evelyn’s story and the impact of nutrition services on our patients, check out this video