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Sunday, 19 May 2013

A public health Resource Facility targeting low income beneficiaries


In providing services for low income beneficiaries my experience has been based on a model that has a static facility which acts as a base. This resource Center will be a drop-in facility with scheduled health education and Life planning resources catering to young persons and adults. The P-health will be an opportunity to bring policy, personal development and public health together at a venue and in an environment that is friendly. The resources collected and distributed will be in the forms: paper, electronic and prophylactic consumables. This venue will have a library, office, meeting place, training facility and a conference space to enable persons engage in mentored conversation. A one stop community services center, the P-health will offer the following services: provide information, education and communication services geared at influencing decisions for health seeking and life preserving practices.

The P-health is part of the bigger Universal Mission Foundation LLC whose mission is to serve new Americans. We believe that integration and assimilation for a new comer in USA may require psycho-social-economical empowerment. We also believe that for all these to occur an individual’s public health status has to be of quality. We empower individuals to take charge of the basic preventive health practices by guiding them to access health services in their vicinity. We encourage our beneficiaries to know their contexts. This empowerment gives control and belief in life.

The following are our main activities:
1.   Design and develop a standard operating procedure manual ( documentation, transportation, mobility, nutrition, assimilation and integration)
2.   Establish a support service directing beneficiaries where to seek health care and psycho-social support (identify referral points for further interventions).
3.   Provide a hotline to link beneficiaries with service providers.
4.   To follow up beneficiaries (encourage screening strategies: depression. Substance use, pre-existing chronic care, employment, benefits, education)
5.   To design and develop information and use of resources (Special supplemental Nutrition, housing, job training, documentation, community activities, education, food pantries, life planning skills, self-help development, personal safety, security, legal, civic order, conduct).
6.   To act as a drop-in venue.
7.   To collect and distribute life preserving resources (consumables).
8.   To engage in mobilization of beneficiaries to adhere to life preserving commitments.
9.   To link beneficiaries with wider community.

The activities of the P-health will help increase on the critical number of persons who engage in life preserving activities, who seek health services, who access social benefits and create a wider high value peerage/ support community.

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