Recovering from an illness or injury is never easy. It takes time and care, usually days missed from work, prescriptions and other follow up treatments such as physical therapy. It can be detrimental to an individual’s or family’s finances.
That is where Project Access-New Haven steps in, receiving referrals of patients in need of specialty medical assistance and without the ability to pay for it.
With help from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Project Access has seen its referral rate more than double since its doors opened four years ago. The organization has partnered with care centers, physicians and other service providers, laboratories and even taxi service companies in order to provide patients with complete wrap-around services involving their medical care.
“Our vision is to be the community champion for access to care for those most in need,” says Executive Director Darcey Cobbs-Lomax. “We strive to assist each patient on an individual level and provide the clinical and support services they need. Sometimes, meeting all needs isn’t easy, but the staff is dedicated, hard-working and resourceful. Partner that with the tremendous support from our community and that equals success for our organization.”
One patient’s testimony, on behalf of the services provided by Project Access-New Haven and its partners, thanked them for giving him the ability to walk again after an injury led to a partial leg amputation. With the services and products provided to him through Project Access, he was able to return to work as a mechanic and provide for his family.
Funding for the grant to Project Access was made possible through several preference funds at The Community Foundation.
Did You Know?
A survey earlier this year found that the rate of uninsured Americans fell by 8 percent. But that still leaves 41 million people in the U.S. without any form of health insurance.