On 16 and 23, March 2023, Asst. Prof. Jiraphat Nawarat, and Dr. Charupa Lektip, lecturer at the School of Allied Health Sciences, Ms. Piriya Chonsut, and Dr. Thana Juckmeta, lecturer at the School of Medicine, Academic Service Center Working Group, working with Mr. Somchoke Nongnual, Director of Satit Walailak Pattana Community Subdistrict Health Promotion Hospital together with the staff of the subdistrict health promotion hospital and mainstay of Village Health Volunteer were into the area of Satit Walailak Pattana Community, Tha Sala District, Nakhon Si Thammarat to conduct a survey on eating behavior, exercising, cultivation and use of herbs in community members’ households. The survey aimed to organize health promotion programs, prevention, and control of Non-Communicable Diseases, promoting the use of herbs in the area appropriately for target group members and upgrading them to become model households according to the guidelines of Satit Walailak Pattana Sub-District Health Promotion Hospital.
“Pre-elderly and elderly capacity making project at Satit Walailak Pattana Community Area” is the 4th consecutive year project under the set of academic service to society, elevating the quality of life of communities around Walailak University in a holistic way (WU – Social engagement), fiscal year 2023. The project focuses on patient care services covering subacute stage patients and a health system database (eHealth) to be a patient database that is easy to access by service providers, both subdistrict health promotion hospital and host, including forwarding information quickly, as well as focusing on providing promotion and disease prevention services for premature elderly groups and people at risk for disease. This project also integrates with “Product and health service development project in Thai traditional medicine to promote community well-being and community livelihood year 2” that aims to develop personnel as well as community health leaders and promote the production and use of local herbs for Thai traditional and alternative medicine. Moreover, the collaboration between the two projects is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for of at all ages, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, establishing cooperation with relevant agencies.
The working teams brainstormed ideas about driving activities continuously, including the development of project proposals, the development of disease promotion and prevention programs for the pre-elderly group and those at risk of disease, patient services to cover subacute stage patients, Upskill/Reskill Leader in caring and rehabilitating patients, rehabilitation of patients by physiotherapists, students and mainstay of Village Health Volunteer, organizing activities to promote herbal knowledge, Promoting the production and use of local herbs and upgrading to be a model household for health according to the guidelines of Sathit Walailak Pattana Community Subdistrict Health Promoting Hospital.