Collaborative Efforts To Reach Health Needs Of Underserved Populations: Early Periodic Screening And Developmental Testing Project

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165896
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Collaborative Efforts To Reach Health Needs Of Underserved Populations: Early Periodic Screening And Developmental Testing Project
Author(s):
Watt-Gilstrap, Paula
Author Details:
Paula Watt-Gilstrap, MS/MSc, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA, email: pwatt@clemson.edu
Abstract:
Urban Greenville County has many medicaid recipient children who are eligible for Early Periodic Screening and Developmental Testing. Difficulty finding providers exists due to the extent of the requirements of the program, the time-consuming nature of this type of visit and the frequency of client no-show. Currently Greenville County DSS has a goal of 12,000 screenings per year with only 16 providers. In June 1995 the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services met with members of Clemson University to discuss collaborative efforts which might provide low cost ways to solve South Carolina health problems while providing good student learning experiences for the School of Nursing and the Department of Public Health. As a result the Joseph F. Sullivan Center for Nursing and Wellness has initiated a project to provide EPSDT screenings using the mobile health unit. Two major problems were identified as barriers to this project. One was the client no-show rate which was approximately 50% for the county, indicating client failure to value health screenings. In addition this population frequents the emergency department for health related issues and typically has no primary care provider. The desire was to link these families to a primary care provider who could provide screenings, intervention, and acute care, preventing unnecessary emergency room visits and prevention of illness and developmental related difficulties. A nurse-driven, multidisciplinary project was initiated to provide screenings in Greenville County. To link to a primary care provider, a partnership was developed with the Greenville Community Center to provide a medical home for this underserved population, including the families of the EPSDT participants. Physically located near the urban areas needing service, the GCC was the ideal location to initiate the screenings. A member of the national Touchpoints healthcare reform model pilot team, the project director sought to incorporate this model to promote positive experiences with healthcare screening and encourage future client participation. Education students participated in this project to promote literacy and learning as a method to encourage the client interest. Health science majors utilized this site for hands on screening education. Nursing and Nurse Practitioner students experienced hands on clinical education focusing on special populations. During the first nine months of service, the highest show rate in the County occurred at approximately 70%. A positive collaborative partnership has been built with the GCC. This project provides many opportunities for positive health impact on special populations while providing rich student experience and opportunities for research related to children, families, and health care needs. Further study could help identify factors that enhance voluntary client participation in appropriate health promotion and health seeking behaviors, and improve relations with their health care providers, and provides an ideal vehicle for continuing multidisciplinary research on the Touchpoints model.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Host:
Southern Nursing Research Society
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCollaborative Efforts To Reach Health Needs Of Underserved Populations: Early Periodic Screening And Developmental Testing Projecten_GB
dc.contributor.authorWatt-Gilstrap, Paulaen_US
dc.author.detailsPaula Watt-Gilstrap, MS/MSc, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA, email: pwatt@clemson.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165896-
dc.description.abstractUrban Greenville County has many medicaid recipient children who are eligible for Early Periodic Screening and Developmental Testing. Difficulty finding providers exists due to the extent of the requirements of the program, the time-consuming nature of this type of visit and the frequency of client no-show. Currently Greenville County DSS has a goal of 12,000 screenings per year with only 16 providers. In June 1995 the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services met with members of Clemson University to discuss collaborative efforts which might provide low cost ways to solve South Carolina health problems while providing good student learning experiences for the School of Nursing and the Department of Public Health. As a result the Joseph F. Sullivan Center for Nursing and Wellness has initiated a project to provide EPSDT screenings using the mobile health unit. Two major problems were identified as barriers to this project. One was the client no-show rate which was approximately 50% for the county, indicating client failure to value health screenings. In addition this population frequents the emergency department for health related issues and typically has no primary care provider. The desire was to link these families to a primary care provider who could provide screenings, intervention, and acute care, preventing unnecessary emergency room visits and prevention of illness and developmental related difficulties. A nurse-driven, multidisciplinary project was initiated to provide screenings in Greenville County. To link to a primary care provider, a partnership was developed with the Greenville Community Center to provide a medical home for this underserved population, including the families of the EPSDT participants. Physically located near the urban areas needing service, the GCC was the ideal location to initiate the screenings. A member of the national Touchpoints healthcare reform model pilot team, the project director sought to incorporate this model to promote positive experiences with healthcare screening and encourage future client participation. Education students participated in this project to promote literacy and learning as a method to encourage the client interest. Health science majors utilized this site for hands on screening education. Nursing and Nurse Practitioner students experienced hands on clinical education focusing on special populations. During the first nine months of service, the highest show rate in the County occurred at approximately 70%. A positive collaborative partnership has been built with the GCC. This project provides many opportunities for positive health impact on special populations while providing rich student experience and opportunities for research related to children, families, and health care needs. Further study could help identify factors that enhance voluntary client participation in appropriate health promotion and health seeking behaviors, and improve relations with their health care providers, and provides an ideal vehicle for continuing multidisciplinary research on the Touchpoints model.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T14:36:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T14:36:00Z-
dc.conference.hostSouthern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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