On Saturday, September 9, Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic will be holding a Men’s Health Day from 8 am to 12 pm. We will be offering free prostate cancer screening, Hepatitis C testing, HIV testing, diabetes screening, heart disease risk assessments, and general wellness exams. Walk-ins are welcome, but scheduled appointments are preferred. We remain open to everyone for standard appointments. We look forward to seeing you!
The Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic in Terre Haute, IN, a FREE student outreach clinic operated by medical students from the Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute recently presented at the annual Society of Student Run Free Clinic’s Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on January 30-31, 2016. Funding for the conference was helped in part by the Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute and the Area Health Education Coalition (AHEC).
The conference was represented by over 95 student- run clinics located all across the United States, 3 countries, and over 500 attendees. The goal of this annual clinic conference is to harness the passion and hard work of students across the nation into a setting where collaboration can occur, ideas can be shared, and support for one another can be accomplished. Those in attendance share successes and failures, offer input on novel initiatives taking part in other areas of the country, and attend various workshops to improve upon the work being done in their own clinic at home. The Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute was well represented by sending 5 medical students who currently sit on the student-run Board of Directors.
These 5 students were proudly chosen to present on a topic of their choosing which highlighted their successful medical clinic. Their presentation centered on their highly successful and inaugural Eye Health Day, which occurred in September of 2015. Titled “Eying Interdisciplinary Partnerships of the Future—Challenges and Successes of One Clinic’s Experience Providing Free Eye Care Services,” the presentation highlighted the successful interdisciplinary partnership between the IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute, the IU School of Optometry-Bloomington, and the Allied Health Sciences Department at Indiana State University in creating this Eye Health Day.
During this Eye Health Day, medical students and optometry students worked in teams to provide free diabetic eye exams, glaucoma testing, visual field testing, hypertensive eye exams, and vision screens. Frames for glasses were available on site to those who qualified. In total, 28 patients were provided free eye health services. Follow-up care was provided by local Optometrist, Dr. Kayla Black OD, of Terre Haute, Indiana free of charge. The Eye Health Day was followed by a community presentation commenting on the importance of annual diabetic eye exams, eye health, and the interdisciplinary collaboration between optometrists and physicians.
Since its opening in August of 2014, the Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic’s mission has been to educate and to prepare future rural healthcare workers by enriching and caring for the underserved population in our community in an inter-professional environment. Through this mission, the clinic has consistently provided care to local Wabash Valley residents suffering from an inadequate access to health care and lack of health insurance.
The Mollie R. Wheat Memorial clinic is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (restrictions do apply) from 8 a.m. to noon, and is completely free of costs. Spring 2016 dates of operation include February 13, 27, March 12, 26, April 9, 23, and May 14. Services available include acute primary care services, health screenings, physical exams, nutritional counseling, and patient education. A physician is available each clinic date of operation. The clinic is located in the Landsbaum Center for Health Education at 1433 N. 6 ½ Street in Terre Haute, IN. The clinic is continuing to pursue physician volunteers to enhance interdisciplinary learning. Interested persons in volunteering or persons interested in making a tax-deductible free will donation are encouraged to contact email@example.com for more information. For other information, or to schedule an appointment online (walk-ins are also welcome), please visit their website at www.mwmcth.com or call their office at 812.237.6962.
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Below is some information on the patient navigator services we will be offering during clinic hours:
The next Open Enrollment for the new health insurance options made available under the Affordable Care Act is November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016 . Plans that are offered through the health insurance marketplace are required to cover the basics — doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more, and you may be able to get help paying for the cost of your new insurance or qualify for low cost options. Individuals who are seeking health insurance through the Marketplace can access Navigators through groups like ASPIN Health Navigators. ASPIN Navigators are supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – there is no cost for their services. Navigators will review plans with you so that you can learn more about the affordable health care options available to you and your family. You might also qualify for a Special Enrollment Period – that means you could sign up now for health insurance on the Marketplace. If you qualify for a special enrollment, you have a period of 60 days following certain life events that involve a change in family status (for example, marriage or birth of a child) or loss of other health coverage. Job-based plans must provide a special enrollment period of 30 days. Navigators are also able to help individuals with their questions and enrollment in Medicaid, CHIP and IP 2.0.ASPIN Health Navigators are here to help. Call ASPIN’s helpline at 877-313-7215or visit their website www. aspinhealthnavigator.orgto ask questions or schedule an appointment.
Below are the dates the clinic will be open for the fall semester:
September 26- this Saturday will a specialty clinic offering diabetic eye screenings
Open from 8 AM-12PM, first come-first serve.
March 14th, 2015: Health screenings & Education ~ "No Physician Available"
These two are just a few of the many screenings that we offer every single time we are open. Please contact us if you have any questions!
Where We Are Now: Many patients have visited in recent weeks and been confused about the services we can currently provide. As a clinic, it is always our goal to be fully staffed from students to physicians. However, circumstances beyond our control do not always make this a possibility. We are working tirelessly to establish relationships in the community with healthcare professionals to provide the best patient care possible.
To avoid confusion, we will begin posting the dates each month accompanied with information such as "doctor available." However we want to remind everyone that we can always provide the following services:
Screenings: Blood Pressure, BMI, Depression, Blood Glucose, and more
Patient Education: Medication List Explanations, Preventative Medicine, and more
February 14th, 2015: Health screenings & Education ~ "No Physician Available"
February 28th, 2015: Health screenings & Education ~ "No Physician Available"
Where We Are Going: Access to healthcare can have many barriers. We want to help you navigate through the system. We currently have 2 primary goals. Our first goal is to regularly have physicians available to assist patients with acute care problems. We don't want to stop there. Our second goal is to set up patients with healthcare navigators and aid them in finding long-term solutions to their healthcare needs. We only ask for your patience as we continue to work with our partners to achieve this 2-fold goal.