Using a Harm Reduction Approach and Mobile Outreach to Promote Health Among Those Engaged in Street-Based Sex Work and Drug Use

Harm reduction is an evidence-based, public health approach that uses practical strategies to reduce the harmful consequences associated with certain high-risk behaviors[1]. For example, a harm reduction approach to drug use could involve counseling someone about the risks involved or giving them sterile syringes. With the aim of “meeting people where they’re at”…

Creating Partnerships to Provide Prenatal Care and Free Multivitamins to Low-Income Women

Many low-income pregnant women and children face undernutrition because they do not have regular access to healthy foods. As a result, children can develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies that impact their physical and mental development. Multivitamins, including prenatal vitamins for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and their infants and daily multivitamins for children under five, can supplement existing food resources to improve the health…

Making Medication Accessible Through the Patient Assistant Program

Five years ago, MHSI established a Patient Assistance Program (PAP) so farmworkers have access to medication that would otherwise be unaffordable. Through the PAP, MHSI works with 14 different pharmaceutical companies to provide farmworkers with medications at little to no cost. As of November 2013, there were 51 patients enrolled in the program with 40-45 patients actively participating…

Tracking and Evaluating Outreach to Improve Performance

Tracking and evaluating outreach programs enables organizations to measure success, identify areas for improvement, and maintain accountability to funders, staff, clients, and the community. CareSouth Carolina utilizes tracking and performance improvement methods to strengthen and sustain its outreach efforts…

Using Patient-Centered Mobile Health Care to Serve Chronically Homeless Individuals

Mobile health programs are one way that organizations can bring critical health services directly to patients where they live and work. Public Health – Seattle & King County uses a mobile health program to connect unsheltered and chronically homeless individuals to medical, dental, and mental health services…