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Reflect on the Past, Look to the Future
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on January 25, 2011
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On our first day in the Delta, I also took time out to meet with some of Mississippi’s most important state leaders.
I had a breakfast meeting with Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor, Phil Bryant. Later, I met with a few of the state legislators including Rep. Willie Bailey, Rep. David Norquist and State Senator, Willie Simmons. And I also had the honor of meeting with Governor Haley Barbour at his office in the Capitol building.
At each of these meetings, we looked back on Project HOPE’s health care and humanitarian assistance response in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and discussed HOPE’s current visit to the Delta to assess a possible partnership with the Delta Health Alliance.
The state representatives, Lieutenant Governor Bryant and Governor Barbour all expressed their gratitude for the help Project HOPE provided in the aftermath of Katrina, which included medical volunteers, donated medicines and supplies, as well as the creation of the Moss Point Clinic, a now permanent medical facility serving more than 8,000 patients a year. Each expressed interest in learning more about possible collaborations between the Delta Health Alliance and Project HOPE that would bring better health to the men, women and children of Mississippi’s Delta.
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on January 24, 2011
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It is appropriate that it was Health Awareness Day in Mississippi, as the HOPE team began our visits to several of the health programs administered by the Delta Health Alliance (DHA.)
Our day started out at the DHA eICU Center at University of Mississippi Health Care. And, what a start to the day it was! The eICU Center uses seasoned intensive care unit nurses to monitor ICU patients in hospitals miles away with the help of a sophisticated computer system and two-way audio and video cameras.
Nora Goodson, a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience, is one of the 16 nurses who work at the Center. At her post, surrounded by six computer monitors, she helps care for up to 30 patients, even though she is miles away from the nearest hospital. She can track a patient’s vital signs, view x-rays, review laboratory results and communicate with the on-site nurses while at her station in Jackson.
Just open a year, the eICU Center is showing promising results with reductions in mortality rates and shorter hospital stays. With support of the DHA, plans are underway to expand the program in the Mississippi Delta in the next couple of months.
From this example of innovative clinical care, we next visited an example of community-based care now making an impact on health in the Delta. The Delta Pharmacy Patient Care Management Services program is dedicated to lowering the high rate of diabetes and hypertension in this region of Mississippi through patient education. The program in Yazoo City is using community clinics and pharmacies as locations for the review of patient histories, medication adherence and serves as a resource to educate patients on illnesses and lifestyle changes they can make to live healthier lives.
There I met Bianca Martin, the young mother of 3-month-old Robert. Since hypertension was a pressing issue for her, she was grateful for the health education and awareness that will help her and her baby live healthier lives.
Later, we traveled to a DHA 21st Century Clinic in Belzoni, where community health workers are insuring patients adhere to their treatment protocols and understand their medication needs with both in-clinic patient education programs and home visits.
At every location we visited, we witnessed dedicated medical professionals using innovative programs to not only treat patients, but to help prevent the high rates of chronic disease that often go untreated in the Delta.
With all this progress, there is still great need. Mississippi is the fourth most rural state in the country, with the Mississippi Delta region ranking among the poorest areas nationwide. The needs include more medications and equipment, more medical professionals and more health outreach programs to reach the men, women and children living in remote areas of the Delta.
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on January 20, 2011
Labels: United States
Project HOPE’s health education and humanitarian assistance programs have been saving lives around the world for more than 52 years. What you may not realize, is that our important work also includes health care and education programs right here in the United States.
Here are just a few examples.
As early as 1969, HOPE trained community health assistants and established a nursing degree program in Laredo, Texas to increase access to health care services and improve health care in the region.
In 1981, HOPE began publishing Health Affairs, now the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The Washington Post, has called Health Affairs the bible of health policy.
And when disaster stuck the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, HOPE was there to help with immediate medical volunteer assistance and the delivery of critically needed medicines and medical supplies. Our long- term help even resulted in permanent health care services being restored and even expanded in Moss Point Mississippi, an area devastated by the hurricane.
Last year, HOPE began working in the rural areas of New Mexico, this time to address disparities in the recognition and treatment of chronic diseases by increasing access to prevention education, medical screenings and specialty services using a mobile health clinic and telemedicine.
Over the next couple of days, I will be traveling throughout the Mississippi Delta, exploring some of the 30 programs administered by Delta Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing better health care and health care access to the residents of the area. As I visit the clinics and medical education institutions and meet with beneficiaries, program administrators and even government officials, I will be assessing opportunities where HOPE's well-established medical volunteer, donated medicines and health education programs might help support the important work of the Delta Health Alliance.
I invite you to follow my blog over the next few days to learn more about the needs and lifesaving work being provided to underserved, women and children, right here in our own country.
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on October 29, 2010
The Grand Facilitator – that is one of the main roles Project HOPE is fulfilling in Haiti today to address the recent cholera outbreak.
Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on October 27, 2010
At the request of the Haiti Minister of Health, Project HOPE has responded swiftly to the country’s cholera outbreak.