Under-insured Clinic & Help for Parenting Students – Health Watch


>>>HELLO.
I’M TERRANCE AFER-ANDERSON AND THIS IS HEALTHWATCH.
WEBSTER’S DEFINES HOPE AS THE ACT OF CHERISHING A DESIRE WITH
ANTICIPATION, TO DESIRE WITH EXPECTATION OF OBTAINMENT, OR TO
EXPECT WITH CONFIDENCE. BUT WHAT IF YOU WERE A PREGNANT
COLLEGE STUDENT FACING DAUNTING CHALLENGES?
WHAT IF YOU WERE A COLLEGE STUDENT WHO WAS ALSO TOTALLY
COMMITTED TO BEING AN ACTIVE AND ENGAGED PARENT?
WHERE WOULD YOU FIND HOPE? AND WHAT IF YOU WERE UNEMPLOYED
OR UNDEREMPLOYED AND DIDN’T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE, BUT HAVE A
NEED TO BE SCREENED OR TREATED FOR A MEDICAL CONDITION?
WHERE WOULD YOU FIND HOPE? WELL, TODAY’S EDITION OF
HEALTHWATCH IS ALL ABOUT HOPE. IF YOU ARE IN EITHER OF THE
SITUATIONS THAT I JUST SPOKE ON, WE’RE GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT A
COUPLE OF PROGRAMS THAT JUST MIGHT PROVIDE YOU WITH YOUR OWN
LITTLE MEASURE OF HOPE. WE’RE GOING TO DO TODAY’S SHOW
IN TWO SEGMENTS TODAY. IN THE FIRST, WE’LL LEARN ABOUT
THE PROJECT HOPE PROGRAM AT NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY.
THEN, IN OUR SECOND SEGMENT, WE ARE GOING TO LEARN ABOUT THE
EASTERN VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL HOPES CLINIC CONDUCTED AT THE
MAIN NORFOLK PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER LOCATED AT 830
SOUTHAMPTON AVENUE. YOU REALLY SHOULD STAY WITH US
TODAY FOR THE ENTIRE SHOW. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE YOU NOW TO JENNIFER DOVE, COORDINATOR OF PROJECT
HOPE IN THE NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF PREGNANT
AND PARENTING STUDENT SUPPORT, BASED IN THE ETHELYN R. STRONG
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK. WELCOME TO HEALTHWATCH,
MS.�DOVE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
>>I MESSED UP THE SCHOOL NAME, I’M SORRY.
>>IT IS A FANTASTIC NAME.>>SHE WAS A FANTASTIC LADY.
WHAT IS PROJECT HOPE?>>WELL, PROJECT HOPE IS A GRANT
FUNDED THROUGH THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK OF NORFOLK STATE
UNIVERSITY AND FUNDED THROUGH THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF
HEALTH. THEY RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE
PREGNANCY ASSISTANCE FUND FROM THE OFFICE OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH.
>>WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM?
>>THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO
STUDENTS AGE 18 TO 29 WHO ARE PREGNANT OR PARENTING CHILDREN
UNDER THE AGE OF 5. AND WHAT WE DO IS WE ARE A
RESOURCE AND REFERRAL PROGRAM, SO WE HELP THE STUDENT TO GET
WHATEVER RESOURCES THEY NEED SO THEY CAN BE IN SCHOOL, BECAUSE
OUR OVERALL GOAL IS FOR THEM TO STAY IN SCHOOL AND GRADUATE.
>>YOU KNOW, MANY, MANY YEARS AGO, I SHARED WITH YOU THAT I
WENT TO NORFOLK STATE AND WHEN I WENT TO NORFOLK STATE, I WAS A
YOUNG FATHER.>>YES, YES.
>>I COULD HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE PROGRAM THEN.
>>AND ONE OF THE UNIQUE THINGS IS WE SERVE MALE AND FEMALE
STUDENTS.>>YEAH, I WASN’T PREGNANT.
>>WELL, I’M SURE YOU WEREN’T, I’M SURE YOU WEREN’T.
>>HOW DOES PROJECT HOPE FIT INTO THE OVERALL MISSION OF THE
UNIVERSITY.>>WELL, PART OF NORFOLK STATE
UNIVERSITY’S MISSION IS TO TRANSFORM LIVES AND COMMUNITIES
BY EMPOWERING OTHERS TO LIVE UP TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND I
THINK THAT PROJECT HOPE FITS RIGHT INTO THAT BECAUSE IN ORDER
TO TRANSFORM LIVES AND HELP OUR STUDENTS LIVE UP TO THEIR FULL
POTENTIAL, WE WANT TO HELP TO OVERCOME THE CHALLENGES AND
THEIR BARRIERS AND THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PROJECT HOPE
DOES. YOU KNOW, BEING 18 TO 19 AND
BEING PREGNANT OR HAVING A SMALL CHILD IS DIFFICULT, AND SO WHAT
WE DO IS CONNECT THEM TO THE SERVICES THEY NEED SO THEY CAN
BE EMPOWERED TO FINISH SCHOOL. ALSO, WE ARE STUDENT-FOCUSED.
THE UNIVERSITY IS STUDENT-FOCUSED, SO THE WORK
THAT WE DO IS SPECIFICALLY TO HELP OUR STUDENTS TO GRADUATE.
AND WE ALL KNOW THAT WHEN STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE,
NOT ONLY DO THEY BENEFIT, BUT THEIR CHILD IS GOING TO BENEFIT
AND OUR COMMUNITY WILL BENEFIT AS WELL.
>>WHAT DO YOU THINK CONTRIBUTES TO THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM?
>>WELL, LIKE I MENTIONED BEFORE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
CONTRIBUTES TO THE SUCCESS IS WE’RE STUDENT FOCUSED.
NOT ONLY DO WE SERVE STUDENTS, BUT WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO
ACTUALLY WORK WITH OUR GRANT, ON OUR PROGRAM.
>>IN PROJECT HOPE.>>YES, WE DO AND WHAT OUR
STUDENTS DO IS THEY HAVE SOME BACHELOR’S OF SOCIAL WORK
STUDENTS WHO DO CASE MANAGEMENT, SO THEY ARE NOT ONLY LEARNING
WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY GO OUT IN THE REAL WORLD, THEY’RE ALSO
HELPING OUR RESIDENT PARENTS AND STUDENTS, AND THEY DO THEIR
PRACTICUM WITH US. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE STUDENTS
WHO HAVE PROVEN THAT YOU CAN BE A PARENT AND YOU CAN BE
SUCCESSFUL AT SCHOOL, AND SO THEY MENTOR OUR PROJECT HOPE
STUDENTS TO HELP BE SUCCESSFUL.>>ANY IDEA OF WHAT KIND OF
NUMBERS ARE ENROLLED IN THE PROJECT?
>>RIGHT NOW, WE JUST STARTED TWO SEMESTERS AGO.
>>OH, IT’S A BRAND-NEW PROGRAM.>>IT IS.
IT IS A FAIRLY NEW PROGRAM, SO RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE ABOUT 55
STUDENTS THAT WE ARE HELPING.>>WOW.
>>THAT ARE EITHER CURRENTLY PREGNANT OR ARE PARENTING
CHILDREN AGE 5 OR YOUNGER, SO YES, WE ARE MOVING ALONG AND
WE’RE REALLY DOING SOME GOOD WORK.
>>YOU ALLUDED TO THIS EARLIER, BUT CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT
MORE ABOUT THE KIND OF SERVICE THAT THE PROJECT PROVIDES?
>>WE RUN THE GAMUT OF SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE.
LIKE I SAID EARLIER, WE ARE A RESOURCE AND REFERRAL PROGRAM,
SO WE HELP STUDENTS WITH INTERNAL RESOURCES, THINGS ON
CAMPUS SUCH AS GETTING TEXTBOOKS, SUCH AS HOW TO TALK
TO YOUR PROFESSOR IF YOU’RE PREGNANT AND YOU HAVE TO WALK
OUT OF CLASS CONSTANTLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS OR IF
YOU’RE DUE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEMESTER, WE CAN HELP YOU FIGURE
OUT HOW YOU’RE GOING TO TALK TO YOUR PROFESSORS ABOUT THIS SO
YOU CAN GET YOUR CLASS WORK AND NOT MISS TOO MUCH OF SCHOOL.
WE ALSO DO ALL KINDS OF THINGS IN�– WE HELP A LOT OF STUDENTS
WHO COME TO US AND THEY JUST FOUND OUT THEY WERE PREGNANT AND
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE NEXT STEP IS.
WE CONNECT THEM WITH CLASSES, BIRTHING CLASSES, COULD BE
PARENTING CLASSES, COULD BE ANY SERVICE THAT THEY NEED.
IT COULD BE WHERE TO LIVE. WE PROVIDE THEM WITH RESOURCES
AND REFERRALS TO GET WHATEVER SERVICE THEY NEED TO MEET THE
CHALLENGES SO THEY CAN STAY IN SCHOOL.
>>I WANT TO TALK IN JUST A MOMENT ABOUT SOME OF THE SUCCESS
STORIES.>>OKAY.
>>YOU JUST MENTIONED SOMETIMES A YOUNG STUDENT WILL COME TO YOU
HAVING JUST FOUND OUT THEY ARE PREGNANT, WHAT HAPPENS IF
SOMEONE COMES TO YOU?>>WHAT WE DO IS ALL OF THE
STUDENTS THAT WE SEE, WE DO AN INITIAL INTAKE WHERE WE JUST
FIND OUT WHAT THE INITIAL ISSUE IS AND WE DO AN ASSESSMENT WITH
THEM, SO USUALLY IF SOMEONE COMES TO US AND TELLS US THEY
JUST FOUND OUT THAT THEY WERE PREGNANT, OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL IS
CONNECT THEM WITH A DOCTOR, WITH AN OB/GYN.
SOME STUDENTS DON’T KNOW WHEN THEY GOT PREGNANT, SO IT COULD
BE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PREGNANT FOR FOUR WEEKS, SIX WEEKS, IT
COULD BE EIGHT WEEKS, IT JUST DEPENDS, SO OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL
IS TO CONNECT THEM WITH A PHYSICIAN AND WE HAVE PEOPLE ON
OUR STAFF, WE HAVE A COMMUNITY LIAISON ON OUR STAFF THAT HAS
DEVELOPED COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SO IT’S NOT JUST A STUDENT COMES
IN AND WE SAY, OH, WELL, YOU JUST NEED TO GO TO THE HEALTH
DEPARTMENT. WE HAVE CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE
IN THE COMMUNITY, SO I CAN SAY TO THAT STUDENT, YOU NEED TO GO
SEE SARAH AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT 9:00 ON TUESDAY
FOR YOUR OB/GYN APPOINTMENT AND WE PROVIDE FOLLOW UP SERVICES.
WE DON’T JUST REFER THEM OR GIVE THEM A RESOURCE.
WE MEET WITH THEM SEVERAL TIMES DEPENDING ON WHAT THE NEED IS TO
MAKE SURE THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO.
>>I’M CURIOUS, HAVE YOU EVER�– I KNOW IT’S A BRAND-NEW PROGRAM,
BUT HAVE YOU EVER ENCOUNTERED A SITUATION WHERE THERE IS A
SINGLE DAD, A MALE WHO JUST FOUND OUT THAT HE’S GOING TO BE
A FATHER, BUT HE’S NOT INVOLVED WITH THE BABY’S MOM?
HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED ANY�–>>ABSOLUTELY, ABSOLUTELY.
SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO ENCOUNTER ARE MALE STUDENTS WHO
HAVE GOTTEN THEIR GIRLFRIEND PREGNANT OR COULD BE A GIRL THAT
THEY’RE NOT REALLY EVEN INVOLVED IN AND THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO
DO. THEY DO KNOW THEY WANT TO BE
INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILD’S LIFE, BUT THEY DON’T KNOW HOW THO
NAVIGATE THAT RELATIONSHIP�– TO NAVIGATE THAT RELATIONSHIP ISSUE
AND ALSO BE IN THE CHILD’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM WITH THAT.
WE GIVE THEM THE SERVICES THAT THEY NEED.
OTHER UNIQUE SITUATIONS WE HAVE WITH MALE STUDENTS, WE’VE HAD
MALE STUDENTS WHO ARE SINGLE FATHERS AND HAVE FULL CUSTODY OF
THEIR CHILDREN AND WE’VE ALSO HAD STUDENTS WHO ARE COUPLES AND
ALREADY HAD A CHILD AND THEY WERE BOTH IN SCHOOL AND WE
PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THEM AS WELL.
>>I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE CONTACT INFORMATION, BUT IF YOU
CAN JUST GIVE US�– TELL US ONE SUCCESS STORY.
>>OKAY, ONE SUCCESS STORY IS WE HAD A STUDENT WHO WAS 21 YEARS
OLD, WAS A SENIOR AT NORFOLK STATE, SHE HAD A 3-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER AND SHE LIVED WITH HER MOM.
SHE AND HER MOM HAD AN ARGUMENT AND HER MOM BASICALLY TOLD HER
YOU HAVE TO LEAVE, YOU CANNOT LIVE WITH ME ANY LONGER.
SO, OF COURSE, SHE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
SHE CAME TO US, WE MET WITH HER, GOT HER TO CALM DOWN AND WE GOT
ON THE PHONE, CALLED OUR RESOURCES, CONNECTED HER WITH
OUR RESOURCES TO TRY TO FIND HER TEMPORARY HOUSING.
ACTUALLY, WE WERE ABLE TO HELP HER, SHE ALREADY HAD A RESOURCE,
SHE WAS VERY, VERY INVOLVED IN HER CHURCH.
HER CHURCH GAVE HER REFUGE WHILE THEY ALLOWED HER AND HER
DAUGHTER TO LIVE IN THE SPACE THEY HAD AVAILABLE TO HELP HER
TO GET HOUSING AND GET EMPLOYMENT AND WHEN SHE
GRADUATED IN MAY, SHE GRADUATED WITH A JOB.
SHE GRADUATED WITH EMPLOYMENT, SO LIFE IS GOING TO BE GREAT FOR
HER AND FOR HER 3-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER.
>>AND DO YOU HAVE A NUMBER FOR THE PROGRAM TO COME BACK AND�–
>>ABSOLUTELY. MOST OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN
SUCCESSFUL, THEY WANT TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES AND HELP
SOMEONE ELSE AS WELL.>>HOW DOES SOMEONE REACH
PROJECT HOPE AT NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY.
>>I CAN BE REACHED AT 757. 355-5154 AND I’M LOCKED ON
CAMPUS IN THE STUDENT SERVICES BUILDING, SUITE 312, INSIDE THE
COUNSELING CENTER. AND MY EMAIL ADDRESS AT
[email protected], OR THEY CAN E-MAIL THE OFFICE OF PREGNANT
AND PARENT SERVICES AT [email protected]
>>I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY.
YOUR PROGRAM REALLY DOES GIVE PEOPLE HOPE.
>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>THAT DOES IT FOR OUR FIRST
SEGMENT OF TODAY’S HEALTHWATCH AND I WANT YOU TO STAY TUNED
BECAUSE COMING UP NEXT IS THE EVMS HOPES CLINIC.
TODAY IS ALL ABOUT HOPE. STICK AROUND WITH US.
>>>WELCOME BACK TO HEALTHWATCH. OUR TOPICS TODAY IS HOPE.
IN THE FIRST SEGMENT, WE TALKED ABOUT THE HOPE THERE IS FOR
NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WHO ARE PREGNANT OR
CARING FOR A SMALL CHILD. NOW, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT
THE HOPE THERE MAY BE FOR SOME PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO GET HEALTH
CARE. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT
THE EASTERN VIRGINIA MEDICAL SCHOOL HOPES CLINIC.
HOPES IS THE ACRONYM FOR THE HEALTH OUTREACH PARTNERSHIP OF
EVMS STUDENTS. JOINING ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE
HOPES PROGRAM IS DR. TERRI BABINEAU, ASSISTANT DEAN OF THE
EVMS OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, THE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL’S
SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM, AND AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE EVMS
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE.
JOINING DR. BABINEAU IS A HOPES MEDICAL STUDENT, MR. WESTON
LOEHR. WELCOME TO HEALTHWATCH,
DR.�BABINEAU AND WESTON.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>TELL US ALL ABOUT THE HOPES CLINIC, WHAT IS HOPES?
>>HOPES IS REFERRING TO A DIFFERENT SORT OF FREE CLINIC.
IT’S A STUDENT-ADMINISTERED FREE CLINIC, THE ONLY ONE IN THE
STATE OF VIRGINIA. WE ARE PART OF THE SOCIETY OF
STUDENT-RUN FREE CLINICS IN AMERICA.
A STUDENT-RUN FREE CLINIC IS DIFFERENT BECAUSE OUR STUDENTS
DO ALL OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE PART.
THEY MAKE THE APPOINTMENTS, DEVELOP THE PROTOCOLS, THEY
STAFF THE CLINIC. ALL OF THE PATIENTS ARE
STUDENTS, STUDENTS WHO ARE TRAINING PHYSICIANS AND IT’S ALL
DONE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF A MEDICAL DIRECTOR, BUT THE EFFORT
AND THE TIME RUNNING THE CLINIC IS DONE BY OUR MEDICAL STUDENTS.
>>I’M SORRY, DID YOU SAY IT WAS UNIQUE IN THE STATE OR UNIQUE�–
IT’S UNIQUE IN THE STATE, NOT NECESSARILY UNIQUE IN THE
COUNTRY.>>NO, THERE ARE MANY OTHER
STUDENT-RUN FREE CLINICS IN THE COUNTRY.
WE’RE THE ONLY ONE IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.
>>WHAT IS THE CONCEPT, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU HOPE THAT THE
STUDENTS LEARN DOING ALL MANNER OF OPERATIONS?
>>THERE’S A NUMBER OF THINGS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT
WE HOPE IS THAT THE STUDENTS ACTUALLY GET TO SEE REAL
PATIENTS EARLY IN THEIR MEDICAL CAREERS.
A VERY IMPORTANT THING AND SOMETHING THAT EVMS IS KNOWN
FOR, WE HAVE VERY EARLY CLINICAL CONTACT FOR OUR STUDENTS BECAUSE
WE FEEL LIKE, WE DON’T WANT TO JUST LEARN MEDICINE IN THE BOOK.
WE REALLY WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO SEE AND INTERACT WITH REAL
PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO BE PATIENTS.
THAT’S ONE THING. ANOTHER THING IS WE REALLY WANT
THEM TO BE PATIENT ADVOCATES, AND WESTON IS AN INCREDIBLE
EXAMPLE OF A PATIENT ADVOCATE, AND WE WANT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS
IN ALL OF OUR STUDENT, AND THIS IS NOT JUST FOR OUR M.D.
STUDENTS, OUR MASTER’S OF PUBLIC HEALTH, THERAPY, SOME OF OUR
SURGICAL ASSISTANTS ARE IN THIS PROGRAM, SO WE WANT OUR STUDENTS
TO LEARN HOW TO WORK AS A TEAM AND HOW TO LEARN HOW TO
PROBLEM-SOLVE, AND IT’S A WONDERFUL VENUE FOR US TO BE
ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.>>AND IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT IT
IS A MEDICAL SCHOOL FOUNDED BY THE COMMUNITY WOULD DO SOMETHING
AS INNOVATIVE AS THIS. HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE THE TYPICAL
PATIENT?>>THE TYPICAL HOPES PATIENT IS
SOMEONE BY DEFINITION, THEY LIVE WITHIN THE CITY OF NORFOLK.
THE CLINIC IS IN THE AREAS OF SOUTHAMPTON ROAD.
THEY LIVE IN THE CITY OF NORFOLK, THEY ARE UNINSURE, HAVE
NO MEDICAL INSURANCE, AND THEY TEND TO BE 200% OF THE POVERTY
LEVEL OR LESS. THE THING THAT’S AMAZING ABOUT
IT, THOUGH, IS WHEN YOU PUT THAT DEFINITION ON IT, YOU WOULD
THINK PEOPLE OFTEN THINK THAT THIS IS JUST FOR HOMELESS FOLKS.
IT ISN’T. ALMOST ALL OF OUR PATIENTS ARE
WORKING, MANY ARE WORKING MORE THAN ONE JOB, AND THEY HAVE NO
BENEFITS. MANY OF THEM HAVE ACTUALLY KEPT
THE SAME EMPLOYMENT THAT THEY HAD YEARS AND YEARS, AND BECAUSE
OF OTHER KINDS OF ISSUES, THEY END UP LOSING THEIR HEALTH
INSURANCE, SO THEY HAVE NO INSURANCE, BUT BECAUSE WE’RE AN
APPOINTMENT-ONLY CLINIC, IT’S NOT A WALK-IN FACILITY, WE ARE
THEIR MEDICAL HOME.>>WELL, YOU MENTIONED THE
UNIQUENESS OF THE CLINIC IN VIRGINIA.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER UNIQUE PIECES BEYOND THE FACT
THAT IT’S STUDENT-RUN?>>WELL, IT ACTUALLY, IN PART,
IT IS BECAUSE IT’S STUDENT-RUN THAT MAKES IT UNIQUE, BECAUSE
OUR STUDENTS ARE SO�– THEY ARE SO INNOVATIVE, THEY ARE
INCREDIBLE PROBLEM SOLVERS, VERY COMMITTED TO THE PATIENTS.
THE PATIENTS FEEL A GREAT CONNECTION TO OUR STUDENTS.
THERE’S SO MUCH ENERGY THERE. WE’VE EVEN HAD PATIENTS WHO HAVE
GOTTEN INSURANCE AND BEEN UPSET ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THEY CAN NO
LONGER COME TO HOPES.>>THAT’S PRETTY GOOD.
>>BECAUSE THE FOLLOW-UP IS SO INTENSE.
OUR STUDENTS ACTUALLY, AND CERTAINLY WESTON CAN TELL US
ABOUT THAT, BUT OUR STUDENTS REALLY CONNECT WITH THE PATIENTS
AND TAKE THEM ON AS BEING ASSOCIATED WITH THEM, TAKE
OWNERSHIP OF HELPING THOSE PATIENTS NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM.
>>WESTON, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR�– CAN I CALL YOU WESTON?
>>SURE.>>WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE
AT HOPES?>>WELL, MOST OF THE WORK I’VE
DONE WITH THE CLINIC IS WITH THE CONTINUITY.
>>CONTINUITY OF CARE?>>EXACTLY.
IT’S OUR EFFORT THROUGH THAT CONTINUITY OF CARE THAT WE
CONTINUE TO SEE THE PATIENT AND IT’S GOING TO BE A DIFFERENT
PERSON EVERY TIME BECAUSE THEY’RE VOLUNTEER, BUT THE
CONTINUITY OF CARE AND WHEN THE PATIENT CALLS IN, WE SEE THE
PATIENT AT THE END OF THE APPOINTMENT AND SCHEDULE THE
NEXT APPOINTMENT AND IF THE PATIENTS NEEDS ANOTHER RESOURCE,
WE HAVE�– IT’S ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING JOBS THAT YOU CAN DO
AT HOPES AS YOU HELP ALL THE PATIENTS THROUGH ANY ASSISTANCE
THEY NEED.>>HAS THERE BEEN ANYTHING THAT
SURPRISED YOU ABOUT THIS APPEARANCE?
>>I’VE BEEN SURPRISED AT HOW MUCH STUDENTS CAN DO.
>>IN TERMS OF MANAGEMENT?>>MANAGEMENT, YEAH.
IT’S�– I MEAN, WE’RE RUNNING A SMALL FACTORY, REALLY, AND IT
STARTED OFF AS A COUPLE PATIENTS A NIGHT AND NOW WE’RE HAVING 20
TO 30 A NIGHT WITH THE CLINIC THAT WE’RE RUNNING, AND IT’S
BEEN�– IT’S REALLY BEEN AN EXPERIENCE TO SEE HOW MUCH WE
CAN DO FOR OUR PATIENTS.>>THAT KIND OF MAKES IT�– HOW
HAVE YOU BEEN BENEFITED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?
CERTAINLY IT HELPS YOUR CAREER.>>AS DR.�BABINEAU WAS SAYING,
IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WORK WITH PATIENTS VERY EARLY.
I WAS SEEING PATIENTS IN THE HOPES CLINIC MY FIRST SEMESTER.
I’VE BEEN WORKING WITH PATIENTS AT HOPE FOR TWO YEARS NOW AND SO
AS I GO INTO MY THIRD YEAR WHERE I’M GOING TO BE IN THE HOSPITAL
EVERY DAY, I FEEL LIKE I AM VERY PREPARED FOR THAT AND ON TOP OF
THAT, IT ALSO SHOWED ME I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN.
YOU’RE LEARNING ALL THIS STUFF, SO YOU WORK WITH PATIENTS, I
MEAN THAT’S NOT ONLY UNIQUE, BUT�–
>>IT CERTAINLY WOULD SEEM TO REINFORCE THE HIPPOCRATIC OATH,
THE WHOLE IDEA. YOU.
>>WITH THIS MEDICAID TYPE INSURANCE, THE
PATIENTS CAN ASK
FOR SUPPORT AND THAT THEY DON’T GET WITH MEDICARE, AND
WE ARE
TRULY TRYING TO SEE PEOPLE WITH NO INSURANCE AND, SO THAT’S ALSO
THE ELIGIBILITY AS FAR AS�–>>WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING THAT THE HOPES CLINIC CAN�–
>>THERE’S A NUMBER OF THINGS. OF COURSE, THERE’S INCREDIBLE
ADVANTAGES TO HAVING INSURANCE AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE FULL�– A
FULL RANGE OF MEDICAL CARE. I GUESS WE SAY ON THE NEGATIVE
SIDE, IT IS DIFFICULT BECAUSE OUR SERVICES ARE FAIRLY LIMITED.
WE USE MEDICATIONS THAT ARE GENERIC MEDICATIONS ONLY,
BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE ASSISTANCE PAYING FOR MEDICATIONS AND
SOMETIMES THAT PROVIDE GREAT BARRIERS.
LABORATORY TESTING CAN BE VERY LIMITED AND THAT’S ALSO A HUGE
BARRIER AND THE OTHER THING THAT WE HAVE AS A GREAT BARRIER IS
ACCESS TO SPECIALTY CARE. A PATIENT NEEDS TO SEE A
CARDIOLOGYIST, AND WE HAVE DEVELOPED SOME CLINICS WITHIN
HOPES AND WE’VE HAD A GREAT DEAL OF DIFFICULTY WITH THAT.
NOW WE DO HAVE, WITHIN HOPES, THE WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC WHERE
WE DO PRENATAL CARE, PAP SMEARS, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE
SCREENING. WE HAVE ENDOCRINOLOGY, WE HAVE
DERMATOLOGY, WE WERE ART THERAPY CLINIC, SO WE’RE BROADENING OUR
AREAS OF CARE AND THAT IS ONE OUR LIMITATIONS UNTIL WE GET
MORE AND MORE SUCCESS AT THE CLINIC WITHIN HOPES.
>>HOW WOULD YOU�– HOW MANY STUDENTS DO YOU THINK WOULD BE
THE ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF AND SO FORS IN ADDITION TO�– FORTH
IN ADDITION TO MEDICAL CARE? HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE HANDS-ON?
>>WE HAVE ABOUT�– WE HAVE HAD OVER 200 STUDENTS.
>>AND THE VOLUNTEERS THAT COME IN AS STUDENTS AS WELL.
>>YES. IN OUR FIRST YEAR M.D. CLASS,
97% OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE SIGNED UP.
EVMS REALLY IS�– OUR STRATEGIC PLAN IS TO BECOME THE MOST
COMMUNITY-ORIENTED MEDICAL SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY AND WE’RE
PLAYING THAT OUT DEFINITIVELY AND OUR STUDENTS, MANY OF THEM
COME TO OUR SCHOOL BECAUSE WE ARE SO COMMUNITY ORIENTED AND
YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THOSE KIND OF NUMBERS.
>>ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. WESTON, WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF
THE HOPES CLINIC.>>WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS IN
THE EVENING.>>AND IT’S NECESSARY TO MAKE AN
APPOINTMENT AND HOW DOES ONE DO THAT?
>>ONE SHOULD CALL US AT 757-44 OF-0333 IF THEY HAVE AN ISSUE
AND.>>DR. BABINEAU, CAN YOU TELL US
MORE ABOUT THE SERVICES AGAIN? YOU MENTIONED THE DIFFERENT
SPECIALTY CLINICS, BUT WHAT OTHER KIND OF SERVICES ARE
THERE?>>WE’RE STARTING TO SEE MORE
AND MORE, WORKING WITH A CENTER WHERE WE’RE DOING DIABETES
SCREENING THAT WE’RE OFFERING THROUGH HOPES.
WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT EXPANDING OUR DERMATOLOGY CLINIC, WHICH IS
ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL IN SOME OF THE RESOURCES THAT THEY’RE
BRINGING AS FAR AS SCREENINGS AND THAT KIND OF THING, WE’VE
STARTED TO GROW QUITE A BIT. WE’VE ALSO JUST GOTTEN AN
ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC THAT WE’RE RUNNING AND WE’RE HOPEFUL THAT
WE’RE GOING TO START WORKING WITH OTHER SCHOOLS AND
UNIVERSITIES AROUND OUR REGION TO SEE IF WE CAN ADVANCE EVEN
SOME OF THE OTHER HEALTHCARE ENTITIES THAT WE REALLY DO
DEVELOP TEAM-BASED LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS.
>>EARLIER, YOUR EYES LIT UP WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT THE
WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC AND YOU MENTIONED SOME OF THE SERVICES
THERE. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON WHAT KIND
OF SERVICES YOU PROVIDE?>>THE WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC IS
ONE EXAMPLE, I THINK, THAT OUR STUDENTS REALLY SHOWED HOW
INCREDIBLE THEY ARE. THEY FOUND OUT�– A STUDENT
FOUND OUT THAT WOMEN IN VIRGINIA WERE NOT GETTING THEIR MEDICAID
SERVICES FOR THEIR PRENATAL CAL UNTIL THEIR SECOND OR THIRD
TRIMESTER. A LOT OF TIMES, THAT’S A LITTLE
TOO LATE TO REALLY BE BRINGING TO BEAR GREAT HEALTH FOR THE
BABY AND THE MOTHER, SO THEY FIGURED OUT THAT WHAT A WOMAN
NEEDED WAS TO HAVE DIAGNOSIS OF HER PREGNANCY, THEY NEEDED A
PHYSICIAN TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SAY THAT THEY WERE, INDEED,
PREGNANT, BEFORE THEY WENT TO MEDICAID, A VERY SIMPLE THING TO
DO, BUT MOST WOMEN WHO DON’T HAVE INSURANCE CAN’T GO INTO AN
EMERGENCY ROOM OR PAY TO GO TO A CLINIC TO GET THE DIAGNOSIS AND
THEN BE ABLE TO APPLY AND GET MEDICAID INSURANCE IF THEY WERE
UNINSURED. BUT THEY DEVELOPED, OUR STUDENTS
DEVELOPED THIS CLINIC WORKING WITH THE EVMS MEDICAL DIRECTOR
AND NOW WE HAVE A WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC WHERE THE WOMEN COME IN
WHO ARE NEWLY PREGNANT, THERE’S NO CHARGE, THEY ARE DIAGNOSED AS
BEING PREGNANT, PRENATAL CARE STARTS RIGHT THEN.
WE THEN REFER THEM ON TO RESOURCES WITHIN OUR REGION AND
THERE IS ALSO A NETWORK WITH MOTHERS AND SOME OF OUR STUDENTS
WHO WORK WITH THEM SO THEY CAN GET THAT NEEDED INSURANCE AND
THEN HOPEFULLY IT WILL IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR REGION WITH
BOTH THE MOTHERS AND BABIES.>>WESTON GAVE US THE NUMBER
EARLIER FOR AN APPOINTMENT. HOW CAN SOMEONE REACH YOUR
OFFICE IN GENERAL?>>THAT’S ACTUALLY THE SAME WAY.
IT’S THROUGH THAT 446-0333 NUMBER AND YOU CAN EMAIL US AT
[email protected], AND WE’RE ALWAYS WORKING AND LOOKING FOR
VOLUNTEERS AS WELL, THE ATTENDING PHYSICIANS.
>>ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. I WANT TO THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH
FOR JOINING US FOR THIS SPECIAL EDITION.
>>THANK YOU.>>I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR
JOINING US FOR THIS EDITION OF HEALTHWATCH.
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CAN SEE ALL THE SHOWS PRODUCED BY THE CITY OF NORFOLK OFFICE OF
COMMUNICATIONS. YOU CAN E-MAIL ME AT
[email protected] VIRGINIA.GOV.
PLEASE ALSO FEEL FREE TO GIVE ME A CALL AT 757-683-8836.
FOR THE NORFOLK DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, I’M TERRANCE
AFER-ANDERSON AND THIS HAS BEEN HEALTHWATCH.
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