We are excited to announce two of our board members, Megan McGeehan (the current Women’s Health Clinic Co-Director) and Rebecca DeMaria (the current Clinical Co-Director), have had an article accepted for publication!
Back in 2013, Rebecca, as the patient services coordinator, and Megan, as the insurance enrollment coordinator, set up a new system to help guide patients through insurance enrollment after the roll out of the ACA. Because medical student-run free clinics are an important entry point to the healthcare system, but often do not have a standardized method for navigating enrollment, a project was undertaken by Megan and Rebecca in 2015 to evaluate the WCCC enrollment model. After assessing WCCC enrollment outcomes and comparing with student-run free clinics throughout New York City, they found that WCCC stands out with approximately half of the eligible patients gaining coverage during the study period (October 2013-September 2015), due in part to the more structured approach.
They have presented their findings at the national Student-Run Free Clinic Conference in February of 2015, and the national Society of General Internal Medicine Conference in May 2016, and are publishing in the Journal of Community Health in 2017.
Congratulations Megan and Rebecca, thank you for all your hard work!