Home Health Neighborhood Screening in Underserved Areas

by Anna Carley | Mar 29, 2013
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Summary:

There are many areas of St. Paul in which the communities have little to no access to medical care. These underserved areas can be reached by mobile health care units which can provide basic services (blood pressure check, glucose testing, heart rate, rapid point if care-testing.) The vehicles can be staffed by residents- physicians and other volunteer laboratory/health care workers. If an abnormality is found, patients can be referred to any of the local hospitals with a voucher/referral for services. Also transport for the patient will be coordinated by a social worker on the mobile team to assure compliance. In addition, an interpreter can be present to aid in the predominately ethnic neighborhoods. Direct collaboration can be done with various medical training programs (medical schools, nursing school, PhD, hospitals) to keep the program sustainable and community run.

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Anna

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Carley

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Newbrighton

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Ramsey

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United States, MN

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Hmong American Partnershiop

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Home Health Neighborhood Screening in Underserved Areas

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

There are many areas of St. Paul in which the communities have little to no access to medical care. These underserved areas can be reached by mobile health care units which can provide basic services (blood pressure check, glucose testing, heart rate, rapid point if care-testing.) The vehicles can be staffed by residents- physicians and other volunteer laboratory/health care workers. If an abnormality is found, patients can be referred to any of the local hospitals with a voucher/referral for services. Also transport for the patient will be coordinated by a social worker on the mobile team to assure compliance. In addition, an interpreter can be present to aid in the predominately ethnic neighborhoods. Direct collaboration can be done with various medical training programs (medical schools, nursing school, PhD, hospitals) to keep the program sustainable and community run.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Many people think that underserved areas with lack of medical care are restricted to the third world. Unfortunately many people right in our community do not have access to modern medicine for socio-economic reasons and cultural barriers.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

St. Paul has many ethnic neighborhoods that have cultural aversion to western medicine. This may be through lack of exposure and cross-cultural misunderstanding. By bringing health care to these neighborhoods, using local community volunteers, this might increase cohesion and benefit the overall health of our community.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

In the olden times, the traditional role of doctors was home visits. A physician could assess the overall health of an individual by seeing their home, communities and support systems. Today’s clinics and hospitals are too detached from the community. By integrating mobile units staffed by young trainees, this will provide an unforgettable experience that they will carry through in their professional career.

Diego Salem said: Sometimes we also need to be doing the things that could greatly affect everything that we sure do hope to happen. - Sandra Dyche about this Competition Entry. - 2556 days ago read more >

Anna Carley submitted this idea. - 2856 days ago