Last Friday, volunteers from WCCC attended a Health Fair at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House for their Keeping Families Healthy month. In addition to providing information about the services WCCC provides, volunteers also worked to better educate participants about their health. There were didden sugar demonstrations and discussed healthy alternatives. Participants guessed the amount of added sugar in typical products and were surprised to see the high added amounts. They were also educated on recommended daily allowance for added sugar and healthy alternatives. In addition, WCCC partnered with another Weill Cornell medical student organization Heart to Heart for screenings of blood cholesterol and glucose and provided counseling to the participants on their levels and how to interpret them.
The tripartite mission of the WCCC is to provide high-quality, comprehensive care; serve as an educational space for WCM students, and a place for interdisciplinary interactions with other health professional students; and contribute to our society, including our immediate local community, the City of New York, and the national group made up of our peer organizations. The WCCC is funded through a combination of institutional support and generous gifts from alumni, friends, and family. Without this generous support, the clinic simply could not continue its work. Because all of the people that volunteer with us–including medical students, attending physicians, social workers and social work students, pharmacy doctoral students, and physician assistant students–do so on an entirely volunteer basis, all donations made to the clinic go entirely towards funding patient care operations.
The WCCC will host its annual Without A Safety Net Fundraiser on May 11th, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at And & And. The evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction. For more information visit our event website. Tickets are available through Eventbrite, and donations can be made through the WCM website.
Megan and Rebecca’s paper, “Insurance Enrollment at a Student-Run Free Clinic After the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” has officially been published! You can read it here:
Our Board Member spotlight this month is Francesca Coxe, Patient Education Coordinator.
“As the Patient Education and Community Affairs Coordinator, I initiate events associated with prevention and health promotion. I’m responsible for coordinating with Weill Cornell Imaging to create our annual mammogram event, which includes educating patients on breast cancer screening and general women’s health. I also coordinate with Heart-to-Heart, WCCHR, and various street fairs to increase the community’s awareness of WCCC services. Currently, I’m working on implementing a tobacco cessation initiative for our patients and also creating a tobacco cessation protocol for future patients to best aid them in their quitting process. We have also recently established an exciting partnership with the Registered Dietitians at WCM, to benefit many of our patients in making knowledgable decisions regarding food, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. It will also give the student volunteers exposure to an additional discipline related to their patients’ care.
The Clinic makes a huge impact on the underserved in New York City. It is a great opportunity to do something tangible by working directly with patients and community residents during the pre-clinical years. Also, volunteering with the WCCC encourages collaboration across disciplines, like pharmacy, nutrition, and social work, and allows for early exposure to and appreciation of the teamwork required to deliver high quality medical care.”
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!
Our first board member spotlight of the year is Eric Zhang, Research and Quality Assurance Chair:
As one of the two Research and Quality Improvement Coordinators, I am responsible for overseeing all of the research projects here at WCCC. I also work my co-coordinator on assessing patient satisfaction and working on improving quick reference material for the clinicians who work here. I believe WCCC is doing a great service for the uninsured community in the New York City area but like any organization it has room for improvement, and that’s why I wanted this role. I’m very proud that we have a large handful of projects currently ongoing. While we learn in class about the patient perspective and the caretaker’s perspective, for me, working at WCCC has shed so much light on the complexity of providing healthcare as a system and how important it is to coordinate and cooperate with colleagues and other members of the board, as well as our clinicians. I think this is a unique opportunity to view healthcare from that angle.
Our Student Clinician Spotlight this month is Amanda Garfinkel, 3rd Year Medical Student:
Amanda is volunteering at WCCC as a part of her Primary Care clerkship. As a senior clinician she is responsible for collecting a history and developing a plan to address the acute or chronic needs of her patients and assessing risk and long term prevention strategies. She described WCCC as a unique educational opportunity because it really helped to synthesize all the different things she has learned and apply them in an active and comprehensive way. When asked why she chose to volunteer at WCCC, she noted that she wanted a chance to undertake a service experience and provide resources for these patients. She really enjoyed her time volunteering, and one experience that really stood out to her was seeing a patient that came in for a visit during her first week for a follow up. She developed a good relationship with the patient and the intervention she prescribed made a positive impact. The second time around the patient was very open with her and the modifications she made to the health care plan due to their established relationship. She really appreciated the trust that came with the continuity and the overall emphasis WCCC places on continuity of care.