As a provider, I care for many patients that come from many different backgrounds. Some of them have good home lives and others who struggle day to day to make ends meet. In these cases the family’s priority is putting food on the table and maintaining a place to live. Health care is not a priority for these struggling families.
I am given many opportunities to help patients with resources or contacts that can decrease health disparities. I cared for a young child whose family was struggling to make ends meet. The young child had a chronic illness and did not have health insurance. After talking with the child’s mother and utilizing our health resource coordinator we were able to get the child enrolled in health insurance. Once insured the child was able to get the medication she needed to help manage her chronic illness.
– Tina Orick