This used to be known as the
billion-dollar Coalfield. So when I grew up every fifth house down
below you was someone who owned some type of coal mine or a business related to
the coal mine and those days are long gone. The rail yard over here that
used to stay full of cars it’s not like that. Of course the coal industry taken a big hit and as such the population has
dwindled. Access to certain things even food stores and everything is kind of
gone down so the Health and Wellness Center and Sustainable Williamson is all
it’s an umbrella effort to maintain the health that we have now and then
hopefully increase it. Part of the you know increased access with the community health worker program and then the clinic itself. We see pretty much everybody. Mingo County West Virginia is located in the southeastern part of the state. Our
County has about 26,000 individuals, high incidence of diabetes, high incidence of
obesity. We serve patients that may not otherwise have access to care so we have in the Healthy in the House network about 22 providers, healthcare providers in the network and those are nurses and physicians that are serving individuals
in our tri-county region. So our community health worker program really
does a good job of addressing health outcomes for individuals with type 2
diabetes, COPD and CHF. (Don’t you cheat now) Care coordination,
it not only involves the patient but it involves the whole family, there are
primary care providers, they’re specialists, and everybody that’s
involved in that patients care. We end up being kind of counselors and kind of
like the person that hooks them up to things in the community which may be food pantries, the farmers markets, getting other
doctors appointments. Maybe even help them pick up their medicine. Everything that
links that patient to what they need to manage their disease. So having the
healthcare providers really be involved in that and the patient’s themselves I
think is what makes our program unique. We’re going back to the days of you know
Doc Baker going out to see the patient at their home and again because
it’s it’s obviously cheaper to do that and keep them there than once they hit
the ER or the hospital. Through our work with the community health worker program I absolutely think that our patients lives are better. Everything from just a
simple socialization of having someone come and visit to finally understanding
why to take this med at this particular time. Like I said you’ll hear the story
I’m not insulin, I’m never doing this I’m never doing that and then
they turn around do it. So then you’re like YES ya know. Thank you! And so the
community health worker does primarily I think is education they learn how better to
monitor themselves and they learn what the signs are that tells them they need
to call usually us because we tend to become their first contact. I don’t think
there can be a cost placed on the quality of life that we improve and
the outcomes that could lie ahead without us.