improving access to health care

 

The Bon Secours Wellness Corner

St. Francis' partnership with Mercy Housing's Mulberry Court community is one of the examples that embraces our long term vision and goal of building communities of health and hope. In addition to providing a Community Health Outreach nurse for the residents, St. Francis has provided copies of Health at Home books, arranged dental health visits from the Mobile Dental Unit, delivered meals to residents and established a the Bon Secours St. Francis Wellness Corner in the common area that includes access to complementary therapies. The Community Health Outreach team operates the Wellness Corner with many successful initiatives.

St. Francis Super Saints provide and hand deliver holiday meals to the residents and the St. Francis Mobile Dental Unit provides oral health to residents on site in the Mulberry Court Community Room.

In addition, Mulberry Court has many partner programs that have been offered through our collaborative efforts. The Junior League of Greenville previewed a national program called “Kids in the Kitchen,” a program that fights childhood obesity and encourages good healthy food choices.

mobile dental unit

St. Francis helps provide better access to dental care for low-income and uninsured families with the big blue Mobile Dental Unit (formerly the St. Francis Health Express). This "dentist office on wheels" is equipped with two dental chairs, an x-ray machine, a bathroom and computer working areas and provides services for over 2,000 residents each year. The Mobile Dental Unit is a true community collaboration, with past and present partners including New Horizon Family Health Services, Inc., Greenville Technical College, United Way of Greenville, Greenville Free Medical Clinic and the Medical University of South Carolina.

The St. Francis Oral Health program has been a model of partnerships and community service since it began in 2006. Since that time, over 19,000 men, women and children have received services through this innovative initiative.

Last year, the program was re-structured to better meet needs of targeted individuals and provide expanded opportunities with our newest partner, Medical University South Carolina. MUSC senior dental students now travel from Charleston to Greenville to help provide restorative dental services that often transform lives. These services help patients be able to pursue job opportunities, or have relief from daily pain that compromises their ability for normal, productive lives. Last year, more than 300 patients have benefitted from this program, with estimated services valued at more than $43,000, provided at no charge to the patient.

This program would not be possible without grant funding from multiple sources to cover the costs of supplies for the Mobile Dental Unit and to support the MUSC student involvement. An additional grant from the American Dental Association Harris Fund has now been received to produce a DVD that will be used as a tool to teach expectant moms and new parents how to improve childhood oral health.

 

 

 

In addition to the Mobile Dental Unit, the Community Ministries department also provides an educational hands on experience with young children. This program uses stories, puzzles, books, puppets and more to promote good oral hygiene and is conducted at the Center for Developmental Services and within schools that request oral health education.

 

spanish translation at center for developmental services

St. Francis Community Ministries has a collaborative partnership and supports the Center for Developmental Services through Spanish translation services at the Center. More than 500 families are helped every year in the intake and scheduling functions and to provide interpretation for the family’s services. In addition, the dental educational program is offered at the Center for all families on a quarterly basis.

community partnerships

St. Francis partners with many, many community organizations and agencies. In the video below, see just one example of how a community partnership with the Greenville Free Medical Clinic to extend the mission of being "good help to those in need."

 

accesshealth sc

Greenville County’s adult uninsured citizens are one step closer to having a better option than local emergency rooms for much needed preventive and acute healthcare services. St. Francis is part of AccessHealth SC, a program that seeks to improve access to healthcare services for South Carolina's low-income uninsured population and provides technical assistance and support to establish local, coordinated networks of care for the low-income uninsured.

Greenville County was selected for the AccessHealth SC program, after a stringent review process that included hospitals,the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Community Health Centers/Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, local health department, local behavioral health agency, physicians, and medication providers. Greenville County demonstrated it has strong leadership, trust between community partners and the time and ability to focus on developing a local network of care.

Administered by the South Carolina Hospital Association with financial support from The Duke Endowment, AccessHealth SC works to create and sustain coordinated, data-driven community-based networks of care that provide medical homes and ensure timely, affordable, high quality healthcare services for low-income uninsured people in South Carolina.

 

catholic health association USA

Through our membership in the Catholic Health Association (CHA), the Catholic ministry raises its passionate voice advocating justice and compassionate care for people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds from conception to natural death. At a recent annual assembly, CHA debuted a series of video vignettes featuring people whose lives have been improved by the Affordable Care Act. We invite you to watch and share these videos as CHA strives to correct misinformation on health reform and show how the law is already assisting individuals and families all over the country.

 

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