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A Community Based Program Addressing Barriers to Healthcare Janis E. Winters OD Medical Director Vision of Hope Health Alliance jwinters@ico.edu Presenter Disclosures Janis E. Winters OD

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a community based program addressing barriers to healthcare

A Community Based Program Addressing Barriers to Healthcare

Janis E. Winters OD

Medical Director

Vision of Hope Health Alliance

jwinters@ico.edu

presenter disclosures
Presenter Disclosures

Janis E. Winters OD

(1) The following personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation existed during the past 12 months:

No relationships to disclose

barriers
Barriers
  • Eye Care
  • General Medical Care
barriers4
health insurance, cost

language barrier

employment status

socioeconomic status

education

community

culture

marital status

Barriers
vision of hope health alliance vohha
Vision of Hope Health Alliance (VOHHA)
  • Through 3 years, 3121 uninsured, low-income adults received eye care and eye glasses/other materials at no cost
  • If patients have no PCP, refer to partner FQHCs
    • 273 made and 182 kept appointments for primary medical care
unique
Unique
  • Optometry as the entry point for general medical care.
    • Service agency and Walk-in
  • Opportunity for education/referral.
barriers9
health insurance, cost

language barrier

employment status

socioeconomic status

education

community

culture

marital status

Barriers
sherry update
Sherry Update
  • Referral to FQHC
  • Diagnosed with DM
  • Lost 45 pounds
  • BS control
  • Routine Eye/Medical Care
employment status
Employment status
  • Elba
    • I can see the rain!
no hablo ingles
No hablo Ingles.
  • Why am I suppose to go back to the doctor????
  • Interpretation services provided (295)
i take care of
I take care of
  • Sick husband
    • Easter 60 year old
  • Grandkids
    • Clara 6 children and 8 grandchildren
in my culture
In my culture,…………
  • Homeopathic“That’s what Grandma did, and my mom does and that’s what I do too.”
    • Determining the Pharmacological Activity of Physalis peruviana Fruit Juice on Rabbit Eyes and Fibroblast Primary Cultures
    • IOVS July 2008
not excuses
Not excuses
  • Barriers
the take away
The Take Away
  • Barriers affect health care choices
  • Need for eye glasses can be prioritized before health care
  • Make referrals
    • Drs/programs address barriers
for more information about vohha
For more information about VOHHA
  • Video

http://iei.ico.edu/community_outreach/vision_of_hope.html

  • BrochuresVOHHA /Medicare and Eyecare Benefits
  • Contact me
thanks to our funders
Thanks to our funders!!!
  • Washington Square Health Foundation 
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Alcon Laboratories
  • Field Foundation of Illinois, 
  • Lloyd Fry Foundation
  • Bowman Lingle Trust 
  • Polk Brothers Foundation,
  • Michael Reese Health Trust 
  • W.P. & H.B. White Foundation
  • VNA Foundation
  • Individual Donors