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Medical Outreach Services…
Reaching Out to Teach, Screen and Treat:
According to Health Outreach Partners:
—Many outreach programs serve priority populations that are less likely to use preventive health services and have a higher disease burden compared to the general population. Health outreach programs play a critical role in improving and extending the reach of health care through activities such as health education, case management, basic health screening, and facilitating access to services. These activities can directly and indirectly improve health outcomes of individuals and communities.—
Medical Outreach services under UHIP (Urban Healthcare Initiative Program) might be described as a triangle with three connected points.
• We educate them about a health problem
• We screen for the problem
• We treat the problem
Here's how it works...
We’ll come out to a church or a center and give a lecture. Then, in a matter of days, the UHIP team will return to the same place, do the screening and check them out. Now those we were able to educate and screen have a better idea of what they might need treated or more closely examined.
—“We have kind of like a little MASH unit that goes out during the day, can see patients and provide any and all services that one would get in your traditional doctor’s office,” explains Dr. Alexander G. Salerno, Chief of Staff of Salerno Medical Associates (SMA) and founder of UHIP.—
This is also ties into our Health Literacy Program, because first you have to get
people to accept you as a healthcare provider before you can reach them about basic
prevention. Then you can screen, treat and improve the quality of their lives through better health.
Knowledge has the power to save lives.
Do We Have the Resources to Do It?
“It’s not a drain on resources. It’s just staffing,” says Dr. Salerno of his community intervention strategy. “What people don’t realize is that, first, these people all have insurance because, by definition, when you have a mental illness or an adult disorder you are disabled. Secondly, these patients need care.”
Historically, the people we are reaching out to are heavy smokers and, to complicate things further, they have terrible nutrition and most likely suffer from obesity. There are not meeting any of their basic healthcare metrics, not even basic vaccinations.
These are the folks who, when you don’t take care of them, they are going to be flooding into emergency rooms. We’ll be expending a lot of the system’s resources if we just wait for all these unhealthy, uneducated patients who may have full-blown diabetes, hypertension and COPD, to receive critical care when we could have intervened earlier.
We are seeing a lot of recreational drug use out there resulting in Hepatitis C, which is curable if detected and treated. Because of their mental illness and latent tuberculosis, they are often homeless multiple times.
Health screenings and subsequent diagnoses and treatments constitute the healthcare report card that’s individually tailored, revisited and updated “at each and every visit wherever that visit may be.” This report card ensures there are no surprises wherever you go (or whoever comes to you) for treatment.
— Call 973-676-0955 to learn more about UHIP and its Medical Outreach Services—