It’s no secret that when people gain health insurance coverage and access to a primary car provider, their health improves.
Last year, 64 percent of patients who visited a Yakima Neighborhood Health clinic gained control over their hypertension. That is in line with the national average for community health centers.
Quality primary care also means looking after our patients in the communities where they live and finding gaps in that care that could lead to more costly problems down the road.
Take Barbara Johnston. The Yakima senior told her Neighborhood Health care coordinator – whose job is to find those care gaps – that her eyesight was quickly deteriorating. It was declining so significantly that she was having trouble reading prescription labels and unable to call for a refill of her blood pressure medication prescription. The coordinator connected Barbara with Neighborhood’s Vision Care program in Sunnyside. There, over four months, she received a series of injections for macular degeneration. Her vision improved – so much so that she could again watch her beloved Seahawks on television as well as reading again.
Just imagine the consequences if Barbara had been unable to read her prescription labels to reorder her blood pressure medication!