President’s Pen Dear HOPEgiver, Our job at Project HOPE is to provide lasting solutions to the world’s most critical health problems. That work takes us to more than three dozen countries on five continents, to deliver health education and humanitarian assistance to those who need it most. But it’s not only in faraway places around the globe that we find urgent health needs. We also want to make health care more accessible and effective in the United States. Our work close to home is the focus of this special edition of HOPE News.
A New Web site Project HOPE has launched a new and improved Web Site that makes it easier to learn about our work at home and around the world. At www.projecthope.org, you will find the latest news, dispatches from volunteers in the field, video reports and step-bystep details on how you can get involved. And it is all delivered in a crisp, easy-tonavigate new format.
We’re using innovative telemedicine and a mobile health clinic to deliver care in New Mexico, where people in many of the poorest and most isolated areas lack access to doctors.We’re teaming with dedicated medical professionals to reach more people in need in the poverty-stricken areas of the Mississippi Delta. Along the Gulf Coast, the work we began back in 2005, to restore hope to communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina is still making an impact in the Moss Point community. We even partnered with the National Football League Players Association and the Living Heart Foundation to bring our message of health education to Dallas just prior to this year’s Super Bowl. Project HOPE began its first programs in the United States as far back as 1969. That’s when we launched a nursing degree program and began training community health workers in Laredo, Texas, as part of our effort to increase access to health care in the region. Today, the challenge is greater than ever: making sure that underserved people here in the United States get the lifesaving care they need. Wherever there is need, around the world or close to home, you’ll find Project HOPE at work. Sincerely yours,
John P. Howe, III, M.D. President & CEO
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2 New Mexico A Mobile Approach to Fighting Chronic Disease 3 Mississippi Delta A Partner in Improving Health Care Access 3 H OPE Brings its Habits for Life Game Plan to Dallas 4 The Gulf Coast Long-Term Help in the Wake of a Hurricane
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Bringing HOPE Home
Special Giving Opportunity Ways to Help Build a Healthier World
A Mobile Approach to Fighting Chronic Disease In New Mexico, statistics tell a deadly story. The state has one of the nation’s highest poverty rates. It also has the nation’s second highest population without health insurance. Taken together, those figures mean that too many New Mexicans lack access to the basic health care they need—and as a result may be at increased risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
New Mexico Three-Year Goals Offer health education and screenings for 15,000 underserved people Offer health education and screenings for 15,000 primary school children
There was more than one winner at this year’s Super Bowl in Dallas.
Project HOPE is working to solve that problem by teaming with UnitedHealth Group to deliver health care and health education to communities where it is most urgently needed. At the heart of the effort is a new mobile health unit that can travel to the poorest and most isolated areas of the state to offer free, comprehensive health screenings, education for community health workers and, through the latest telemedicine technology, consultations with medical specialists hundreds of miles away. Health screenings and education are key to preventing the chronic diseases that plague many poor communities in New Mexico and elsewhere. Over the next three years, Project HOPE plans to provide screenings for some 30,000 underserved families and provide direct care for another 10,000 patients.
HOPE’s mobile unit traveled from New Mexico to Dallas to offer free health screenings to hundreds of people during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLV. The event was part of HOPE’s Habits for Life program, which combats chronic diseases. HOPE conducted the free screenings and health education in partnership with the National Football League Players Association and the Living Heart Foundation.
Provide direct care and telemedicine services for 10,000 people Provide nutrition education and healthy cooking classes for 1,500 caretakers and mothers of children in Head Start and other programs
A Partner in Improving Health Care Access
Long-Term Help in the Wake of a Hurricane
The Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues, a place long famed for producing tales of trouble and pain. The trouble remains. The Delta is one of the nation’s poorest areas, and one of the least healthy. Mississippi has the highest rate of heart disease in the nation, and the second highest rate of diabetes.
After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Project HOPE volunteers were among the first on the scene to provide care.
The Delta Health Alliance (DHA) is working to change all that. The Mississippi-based organization runs 30 programs that improve health care and health education in a region where it is sorely lacking. In January, a Project HOPE team led by President and CEO John P. Howe, III, M.D., visited some of the clinics and educational institutions where DHA is making a difference. Through patient education, increased access to quality health care, and innovative, high-tech approaches to medicine, DHA is tackling the chronic diseases that have long plagued residents of the Delta.
Six years later, HOPE’s work on the Gulf Coast to bring health care to some of the most isolated low-income communities of coastal Mississippi is still making an impact. The Gulf Coast town of Moss Point was particularly hard hit by Katrina, which left the only physician’s office in ruins. Working with Coastal Family Health Center, which provides health care in the area regardless of ability to pay, HOPE launched an initiative to bring primary care services to Moss Point and surrounding communities. The result was the Moss Point Clinic, the region’s first new facility of its kind to open in the wake of Katrina. The need was urgent. Within days of its opening on May 24, 2006, the clinic was operating at full capacity.
Delivering Care Where It Is Needed At New Mexico’s largest health fair in January, more than 500 people met with Project HOPE health professionals for blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Project HOPE partner VisionQuest provided free retinal screenings with expert interpretation by optometrists. Some of the visitors who received screenings came from more than 200 miles away, and said that because they lack insurance, the event was their one chance to consult with health professionals. Health education can make a long-term impact on the state’s health needs. Project HOPE’s Habits for Life program aims to spread the word about how exercise and diet can help prevent chronic disease. Visitors to the health fair received a free pedometer to help them reach a daily goal of 10,000 steps. “This is all part of HOPE’s mission to come to the poorest communities and help people who don’t have health care,” said Project HOPE health educator Tonya Covington.
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Percentage of patients below federal poverty line
In the years ahead, Project HOPE plans to collaborate with DHA, bringing its dedicated volunteers, donated medicines and health education expertise to bear on the health care needs of the Mississippi Delta.
Media attention focused on Dallas for the Super Bowl gave Project HOPE a unique forum for spreading its message of health education. HOPE plans to be at the big game next year, too. Plans are underway to bring the mobile health unit to Indianapolis prior to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
2006 Patient visits
Chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are a growing problem in big cities like Dallas, where people may lack access to the health care they need. Screening for blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index is a crucial part of identifying people at risk for chronic disease, and helping them live a healthier life. Visitors to the mobile health unit received not only a complete health screening, but also education on the role of healthy eating and exercise in preventing disease.
Moss Point Clinic By the Numbers
2010 Patient visits
Percentage of uninsured patients
Attention for a Growing Problem
Provide training for 150 community health workers on chronic disease, nutrition and healthy behaviors
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Meeting a Critical Need Project HOPE also helped bring a mobile dental clinic to the Gulf Coast to serve low-income families. The Moss Point Clinic has grown from its original, temporary space into a new 13,000 square-foot facility with a staff of 16, including five physicians. It provides pediatrics, women’s health and family services, as well as care for people with HIV/AIDS. It now handles more than 8,000 patient visits each year. Its work on the Gulf Coast is an example of the way Project HOPE goes beyond meeting immediate health care needs, to provide enduring long-term solutions. Hope NEWS Winter 2011 page 4 Special Edition