Health is wealth
Posted by sebastianbrown on March 16, 2010
After not having held their monthly community meeting for four months, Serena, Josepha and Ely from Northwest Park were excited to do some door knocking last Monday in a few buildings immediately surrounding the YMCA Community Center to invite neighbors to last Thursday night’s meeting/mini Neighbors Exchange. To our surprise, 21 neighbors showed up, a majority of whom Serena and the others had never met before. With representatives from Holy Cross, Montgomery Cares and Easter Seals, we had a super useful discussion about exact fees of different local clinics, as well as their requirements and the specific services they offer.
Unfortunately, we had no official representative present on behalf of the MD Mary’s Center located at the corner of Flower and Piney Branch. So instead, Leticia, a community member, spoke of her many experiences at Mary’s Center. She explained exactly who to talk to for which exam and went into full detail about the specifics of the application process.
Maria, also a community member, told us that just two weeks earlier she had received surgery at the Holy Cross Health Clinic on Georgia and paid just $50 for what would normally be a $1000+ operation. But, Josepha then shared that this was the very same clinic where her husband was left undiagnosed for 5 years until this past December when they finally discovered he had terminal liver cancer. He died less than a month later. Interestingly, Josepha had invited the Holy Cross folks believing that her husband’s case was the exception and not the rule.
Residents left with a real sense of getting some practical information about health clinics, both from the professional resource partners, as well as just from each other. Of course, as the case of Josepha and Leticia proves, solutions often aren’t the same for everybody. But at least they now have a better sense of what options are out there. After the meeting, some of the ladies stuck around and talked briefly about maybe trying to meet on a regular basis in the early afternoon when their kids are in school and they normally just hang out alone at home. I’ll keep you updated.