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Entries in Care Alliance (4)

Wednesday
Feb042015

Tyrone Talks About the Importance of Outreach

Tyrone is the first graduate of the Community West Foundation funded program to expand outreach locally.  Tyrone worked for NEOCH for four months learning how to be an effective outreach worker.  He learned all about the other programs in the community and tried to get to know the people on the streets.  We are so fortunate that we were able to get him a job at Care Alliance to do this work full time.  He is an amazing asset for the community.  He has a real passion for helping people outside, and is on the streets in the afternoon and evening. 

Brian Davis

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Friday
Jan162015

Welcome to the Neighborhood...Care Alliance

There is a new building nearing completion in the Central neighborhood next to Cedar High Rise and right down the street from Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus.  With the dramatic changes in the health care, Care Alliance is positioning itself to be the health care provider to low income people in Cleveland and those living in public housing or those without housing.  The new clinic hosted a preview party this week to show donors the brand new digs. 

I am biased with regard to Care Alliance since I received an award from them in 2014 and we partner on outreach efforts on a daily basis.  I appreciate that they have prioritized dental coverage as critical to the care of low income people.  All of their clinics feature dental services, because most experts believe your oral health is representative of your overall health.  The new clinic sits in the rubble of the Cedar Estates which was demolished in 2014 and will begin reconstruction in the spring.  These new or returning tenants will need a good neighborhood medical clinic. 

It is a beautiful clean facility with the official ribbon cutting in March.  The staff and board welcomed their neighbors, council members and social service providers into this new two story facility.  There were staff from many of the other health care facilities in the community on hand to welcome Care Alliance to the neighborhood.  It is amazing how much the program has grown since it was started in a basement by volunteers at the Federation for Community Planning.  They are expected to have nearly 150 employees and have an outreach team that helps those living outside.  At one time, NEOCH led a protest regarding the bad decisions being made by the organization including the poor management of the women's shelter.  Now, we view Care Alliance as one of our closest partners. 

Welcome to the Central neighborhood...Care Alliance.  You have built a fine facility that the lower income residents of the neighborhood will cherish.  They have set a goal of providing a respectful place to receive care for those without the ability to pay.  The elderly folks next door will be proud to call this new facility their doctor's office. 

Brian Davis

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Friday
May022014

Award Winners at Care Alliance

John Corlett and Brian Davis both received awards from Care Alliance at the Annual Meeting last week.  Francis Afram-Gyening (on left) presents the award to John Corlett (middle holding award) for all his work locally to expand health insurance for low income people in Cleveland.  John is an executive at MetroHealth and he put in place MetroHealth Care Plus in preparation for Medicaid Expansion.   This policy has allowed nearly 40,000 people locally to finally have health insurance.    Cuyahoga County is a far better community because of John Corlett and we are way ahead in signing people up for Medicaid when compared to the other counties in Ohio.  This will have huge ramifications in saving money for the hospitals indigent care budgets and the health clinics. 

The Care Alliance Board also gave an award to Brian Davis Community Organizer for the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.  Afram-Gyening and outreach worker, Jim Schlecht, presented the award to Davis for his years of service to the homeless community in Cleveland.  Afram-Gyening cited his long history with NEOCH going back 20 years including a time when Davis led a protest outside of the previous incarnation of Care Alliance called Healthcare for the Homeless.  Afram-Gyening also made the crowd aware of the work of Davis in keeping people safe over this past winter.  

Just a few numbers from the Care Alliance Annual Report:

  • 10,643 patients served.
  • 59% of the clients were experiencing homelessness and half had a chronic health condition.
  • 68% had no health insurance.
  • 94% live in extreme poverty.
  • 663 patients received dentures, partials or other restorative dental care.
  • 2,473 received behavioral health services.

This number of 68% having no health insurance in 2013 is significant.  Previously this number hovered around 80%.  Thanks to MetroHealth this number is going down in our community, and it will continue to decrease with Medicaid expansion.  This is going to have huge implications for the community with a healthier society and improved outcomes.  

Thursday
Apr102014

Care Alliance Annual Meeting

Care Alliance is hosting their annual meeting in two weeks.  They are giving an award to Brian Davis at NEOCH, and you are welcome to join them at this event.  Please contact them if you are interested in attending.  

Brian Davis