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INSIDE VOLUME 17, ISSUE 12
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cal and mental health issues – DukeMedicine is not just in the Durhamcommunity, but o the Durhamcommunity.In all, DUHS devotes $8 millionyearly to community outreach anddonations and $42.5 million to charitycare as part o the total o $180.6million it devotes to communitybenets unding.The three eorts above are amongmany that illustrate Duke’s commitmentto the well-being o the communitywhere Duke Medicine’s people workand which many o them call home.
The Eastway eort is part o a program called “Raising Health,Raising Hope.”Nursing students work withamilies as part o a Child and FamilySupport Team comprising a socialworker, school nurse, guidancecounselor, principal and assistantprincipal. The team creates individual-ized solutions or each student tosucceed in the classroom.“Raising Health, Raising Hope isan opportunity or the Duke nursingstudents to assist their community inaddressing health education issueswhile learning how to create a supportnetwork or a diverse, underservedpopulation,” said Rosa M. Solorzano,M.D., M.P.H., associate director o Duke School o Nursing’s Global andCommunity Health Initiatives.The nursing students also conductother activities, such as eye screeningsor Eastway children.Focus groups o amilies, whichare largely poor and Arican-Americanor Latino, told the team that hygiene,mental health, violence, attentiondecit/hyperactivity disorder, nutri-tion, oral health, asthma and pubertywere the critical issues or the healtheducation curriculum.
The Holton Center renovation ispart o an ongoing eort to revitalizeone o Durham’s most impoverishedareas, Northeast Central Durham.The Holton building is ownedby the Durham Public Schools, but isbeing renovated jointly by the schools,the city, the county and DUHS. Thehealth system will operate the wellnesscenter on the rst foor, in plannedpartnership with Lincoln CommunityHealth Center.The wellness center will operateweekdays manned by Duke medicalproviders and sta. It will oerprimary care services to communitymembers, as well as to vocationalschool students whose parents enrollthem as clinic patients. The center willhave six exam rooms, a nurse’s stationand reception area.“We are proud to be responsive toneeds expressed by the Durham com-munity and honored to provide primaryand preventive medical care to ourpatients and neighbors,” Victor J. Dzau,M.D., chancellor or Health Aairs atDuke University, health system CEO,said in making the donation.
Duke Medicine’s eort toeliminate health care disparitiesworldwide is a challenge, even inDurham – “The City o Medicine.”The number o working adultsin Durham who don’t have healthinsurance has nearly doubled since2004, rom 15 percent to 27 percent.Though they live within a ew mileso one o the world’s leading medicalcenters, they oten have no reliableway to take advantage o DukeMedicine’s excellenthealth services.That’s where ProjectAccess comes in. DukeMedicine, DurhamCounty and communityhealth care proessionals launcheda collaboration last July to improveaccess to specialty care or uninsuredpeople who seek primary care atLincoln Community Health Center.Duke Medicine specialists and thehealth system are donating their time,expertise and resources or 2,000episodes o specialty care, includinginpatient or surgical care, said William J. Fulkerson Jr., M.D., senior vicepresident or clinical aairs.“The intent is to reduce barriersso physicians at Lincoln can reerpatients who are unable to pay tospecialists beore emergencies arise,”Fulkerson said. “Patients need better,easier access to specialty care when aserious need arises, in a way that willlimit the possibility that disease willgo untreated until it reaches a crisislevel and patients seek care by goingto the emergency room.”
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