A family with several children moved to Elkhart from Chicago and were referred to the Center for Healing & Hope for school physicals. Here they were not only able to get the physicals, but also met with a navigator and got enrolled in Indiana health insurance. (The navigator comes to us from Heart City Health Center in Elkhart.) The family was accepted into the insurance program on the spot and our patient advocate could refer them to physicians in the area who are taking new patients with that insurance.
A patient, whose A1C (blood sugar test result) was over 11 in Oct, had normal blood sugars in early December. He's been coming to education sessions, making the changes in diet and exercise we've recommended, taking his medicines, losing weight, and following up. He said he's feeling so much better, and feels so blessed to have found us.
A new patient came for a BCCP (Breast and Cervical Cancer Program) exam. We also did a blood sugar test and found she has pre-diabetes. Her parents and siblings have diabetes, so she is thankful to have identified this problem early. She enrolled in the Diabetes Alliance Program so her future care will be affordable.
A woman was diagnosed with pre-diabetes in Sept. In three months she lost 12 pounds and her A1C is normal.
In mid-December, we learned of a mother and son--originally from Central America--who were about to be evicted. The husband was no longer in the home and had not been paying the mortgage and utilities. The mother had already received help from several local agencies, but needed $1,100 more. Through our Elkhart County HOPE funds, we were able to fill the gap. That’s not all. The CHH staff member who was working with the family took initiative to raise more funds for this family and bought gifts—clothing and some toys for the boy and a few things for the mother.