Archive | February 2002

Nichelle Mitchem Increased Access to Medical Care for Indigent Women, Infants, and Children

Having reasonable access to health care rests on many factors: the availability of health services in a community and personal care-seeking behavior, for example.
However, these and other factors are often trumped by whether a person can afford the costs of needed care. It is estimated that among the poor, more than a third have no health coverage and those who are near-poor are not much better off, with 30% uninsured.

Understanding the challenges confronted by the poor in accessing health, in her role as advocate for indigent women and children, Nichelle Mitchem, established partnerships within the health medical community including: medical schools, and schools of public health. In her role as executive director of agencies serving low income families in crisis, Nichelle sought to provide comprehensive and holistic programs via strong internal as well external continuums of care.

The overarching goal of the partnerships with the medical community was two-fold: 1) increase access to health care for poor women and their children; and 2) most importantly, to improve the health and well-being of desperately poor women, infants, and children.

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