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What Is Dot Rx?
Dot Rx is a low, or no, cost prescription-based program available to community residents. The goal of the program is to connect more families to experiences that promote healthier lives – including opportunities to eat healthy, get outside, and be active. We believe that when kids and families have access to positive eating, exercise and outdoor experiences, they will be empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices every day.
What are we prescribing?
Patients who receive a prescription for this program will be connected with a peer health coach. This coach will help them set personal and family goals around eating, exercise, and engaging with the outdoors. Additionally, the coach will connect them with opportunities and resources available through Daily Table, the Dorchester YMCA, Healthworks Community Fitness, and MA Audubon Society Boston Nature Center.
How Do I Prescribe This Program?
- Determine that patient meets program participation criteria
- Introduce the program to patient/caregiver
- Write a referral for Dot Rx in Epic
- Inform the patient/caregiver that s/he will be contacted by a Dot Rx coach in about a week
Program Participation Criteria
- Families with at least one child under the age of 18
- Families with at least one member who is a patient at Codman Square Health Center
- Families of any composition (including grandparents, single parents)
- Are considered a good match for a prevention program –rather than a tailored intervention for a specific health condition
Where can I get brochures on Dot Rx to give to my patients I prescribe?
Brochures are stocked in the FM 2 and FM 3 nurses stations and the Pedi MA station.
How Do I Give a Prescription in Epic?
Please associate this referral with “health counseling” and do not include any other diagnoses for this referral. A hard copy of the referral letter will be generated for the patient and an electronic message will be sent to the community coach to contact the patient.