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Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. Mobile Dental Unit

Charles Drew Health Center

The mobile dental clinic, also known as the Toothmobile offers dental care to children who otherwise may not have access to it by bringing dental care to the locations where children already are, such as schools, Head Start locations, and community-based organizations. It is an innovative solution that reaches low-income children where they are, enabling them to stay in school and reducing the time children miss in the classroom. The Toothmobile is equipped with a wheelchair lift, two patient examination rooms, a reception area, and heating and cooling systems to enable year-round care. Un- and under-insured children receive screening and treatment services at reduced or no cost. During a dental exam, children will receive cleaning, fluoride varnish, and exams. Children seen on the Toothmobile will also receive x-rays, sealants, diagnostic treatment, and learn basic dental hygiene. The Toothmobile works with local dental and health care providers, social service agencies, and community-based organizations to ensure a full continuum of care. Where necessary, Toothmobile patients are referred to one of CDHC’s 12 locations for medical, behavioral health, or dental follow-ups.

Crossroads to Health & Recovery

Community Alliance Rehabilitation Services

Crossroads to Health and Recovery provides mental health and primary healthcare to individuals with serious mental illness in a single location, utilizing an integrated care approach informed by best practices. The program increases access to quality, responsive and effective care, promotes personal responsibility and empowerment, incorporates prevention and wellness strategies and results in significant improvements in both physical health and mental health outcomes for persons served.

Health & Medical Equipment Loan Program (H.E.L.P.)

HELP Adult Services

HELP Adult Services provides a medical equipment loan program for those in need of durable medical equipment. Gently used equipment such as medical beds, lift chairs, blood pressure monitors, walkers, wheelchairs, etc. and consumable items (incontinence products, urostomy supplies, nutritional supplements) these items are provided at a fraction of the cost of normal retail establishments.

Project AIR

Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance

Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance’s (OHKA) Project AIR (Asthma In-home Response) holistically addresses asthma triggers in the homes of children with asthma. Project AIR provides high quality healthcare as defined by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Out of the four goals of this program (assessment and monitoring the severity of asthma, education for a partnership between family and clinician, control of environmental factors and pharmacological therapy), Project AIR addresses the control on environmental factors, a vital component in controlling asthma. Project AIR’s primary populations are children and families living in or at risk of poverty.

Community Clinics Care for Children

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

The Community Clinics Care for Children Program addresses the basic need for quality medical, dental and behavioral health services for uninsured children aged 19 years and younger whose families live at or below 200% of federal poverty level ($49,200 for a family of four in 2017).  Low-income uninsured children have limited or no access to care for common illnesses such as ear infections; chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma; and disabilities. With proper diagnosis, ongoing care and necessary medication, children can participate fully in school and life. The program supports preventive care and early treatment at annual “well child” visits. Without this care, children face health crises and are likely to miss school. Immunizations help children to avoid and prevent spreading diseases including diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, chickenpox and pneumonia. OneWorld screens children for lead, vision, hearing, developmental and behavioral issues, Body Mass Index, and tooth decay. Early detection of problems reduces long-term impact by allowing parents, clinicians and teachers to address children’s well-being. OneWorld screens older children for depression; risky behaviors including substance abuse; sexual activity and sexually transmitted diseases; alcohol, drug and tobacco use; and other behavioral health indicators. The program provides access to behavioral health therapists, education for children and parents, chronic disease management, and financial assistance. With access to care, children are healthy and attentive in the classroom where they can learn and grow into healthy, workforce ready adults.

Health Outreach and Access for Refugee, Immigrant and Minority Populations

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

OneWorld will utilize a Nurse Health Educator, two Hispanic community health workers known as promotoras, and 15-20 volunteers to increase access to health care by providing chronic disease outreach, education, screenings and case management to refugees, immigrants and minority populations in Douglas County. The bilingual staff will connect patients to programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Health Insurance Marketplace and Women, Infants & Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition and health care homes such as OneWorld.  Staff will attend outreach events and meet with patients at OneWorld’s South Omaha location, Yates Community Center, Intercultural Senior Center and International Center of the Heartland to help refugees, immigrants and Hispanic persons to navigate health and other services in Omaha during the first critical months after their arrival. The Nurse Health Educator will emphasize preventive services by giving vaccinations including flu shots that protect individuals and the community from outbreaks of disease and by educating refugees and immigrants about communicable diseases such as tuberculosis. In the Hispanic community, promotoras will recruit and train volunteers who educate, screen and follow-up with relatives, friends and neighbors to improve health and prevent disease.  Promotoras also receive supplies for screenings and case management with persons at risk for heart disease, diabetes or obesity.

Health Supportive Services

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

The Health Supportive Services Program assists patients and families at risk for or living in poverty with limited or no access to health care, food, and housing because of unmet needs or crisis situations. Patients with chronic conditions and diseases are empowered to manage their hypertension, diabetes, asthma, STDs, HIV, cancer, latent tuberculosis and depression – all life-threatening diseases. The program provides patient-centered, team-based care coordination while helping patients to navigate the health care system efficiently.  Case managers and patient financial advocates participate in a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and evaluation to meet patients’ needs and promote quality, cost-effective outcomes. Case managers arrange appointments for specialty care and timely receipt of results and follow-up care; assist patients with insurance claims processes; ensure that health records are up-to-date and accessible to professionals and patients; facilitate timely communication; assist patients in obtaining medical equipment; arrange access to transportation; connect patients with resources to address legal, housing and financial issues; and provide education, encouragement, and follow-up to maintain healthy lifestyles. Patient financial advocates provide financial counseling and enrollment assistance for Medicaid, Medicare, and other programs.

Home Health Aide

Visiting Nurse Association

VNA’s Home Health Aide (HHA) program provides in-home non-medical care to vulnerable individuals who are without financial resources.  Assistance with personal care and homemaking is provided to individuals who require assistance improving and maintaining their safety, wellness and independence in their own home. Services are provided to those in need regardless of complexity of care or ability to pay and include assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, simple meal preparation, errands, basic homemaking chores and laundry. Services promote the client’s responsibility to participate in her/his care and daily routine. Maintaining personal hygiene and a clean, safe home environment are critical to client well-being, health status and ability to successfully reside at home, and decrease/delay transition into a formal care setting. The program’s primary area of focus is Basic Needs Health; however, support often expands into other basic need areas that impact client health and daily life, such as access to food and housing. The VNA team provides services in a manner that helps clients overcome physical challenges, effectively manage the home environment, and create a lasting impact on successfully caring for themselves over time. Without this program, those with significant functional limitations, and limited to no access to funds for care, would have nowhere to turn.

Home Health Care

Visiting Nurse Association

VNA’s Home Health Care program services are physician-directed and provided to individuals with acute or chronic illness or injury who are without the financial resources to obtain care. VNA’s Home Care team consists of registered nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapists, registered dietitians, social workers and home health aides. This transdisciplinary team meets the client’s full spectrum of need through overall case management, coordination of care, discharge planning, continuity of care and outcome achievement. The team works in partnership with clients and families to maintain their health while remaining in their own home, as independently as possible, and to prevent unnecessary emergency room use, hospitalization or premature transition to a higher level of care. This includes interventions focused on safety in the home, family support, social challenges, access to food, connection with financial resources and initiation of community referrals. Without this program, those with significant acute and chronic health conditions or injuries, and limited to no access to funds for care, would have nowhere to turn.

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