West Palm Beach, FL – At their 2008 Nehemiah Action, PEACE secured a commitment from Health Care District (HCD) CEO Dwight Chenette to significantly increase enrollment in low-cost health care plans through the HCD. He returned to the 2009 Action, reporting a 25% increase in enrollment, the highest increase in enrollment ever, compared to a 7% increase the year before. In 2009, enrollment in HCD programs Coordinated Care and Vita Health had reached nearly 17,000 residents.
Tampa, FL – In 2008 HOPE received an agreement from two Federally Qualified Health Clinics, the Health Department, and Tampa General Hospital to create a plan to increase dental care for 15,000 people living at 200% of the poverty level. A draft plan was presented to the HOPE Convention in October 2008. As of November 2010, the Health Department has hired a Dental Coordinator, dental services were increased for over 3,000 people, and 22 new dental chairs were established at health clinics with 16 of the dental chairs at two new health clinics opened in 2010.
Charlottesville, VA – As a result of IMPACT’s 2008 Nehemiah Action, with 2,000 people in attendance, the Charlottesville Free Clinic committed to hiring a dentist by March 2009 to begin to serve over 1,000 people on local waiting lists for dental care. The Clinic fulfilled this commitment eight months ahead of schedule and received $230,000 in funding to hire an entire dental staff in addition to a full-time dentist. The waiting list has been reduced to 200 people and the wait time for emergency visits is now 1-2 weeks, down from an original wait of 2-3 years.
Daytona Beach, FL – FAITH worked for nearly a year to improve conditions for mentally ill persons held in the Volusia County Jail. Concerns stemmed from numerous reports of inmates not receiving needed psychotropic medications from the jail psychiatrist, as well as other reports regarding unjust practices by the mental health provider, Prison Health Services. The County’s contract for a mental health provider was up for renewal in August 2008 and at FAITH’s Nehemiah Action, 1,100 people challenged the Volusia County Council to contract with a credible, local provider for mental healthcare in the jail. The Volusia County Council agreed and ultimately awarded the contract to local and credible healthcare provider, ACT/Stewart Marchman, who began administering mental health services in the County Jail in December 2008.
Richmond, VA -RISC began working on increasing access to primary care for the uninsured in 2007. Organization leaders learned that Greater Richmond was home to 57,000 low-income uninsured persons with no access to primary care. RISC leaders discovered that Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), which runs a public hospital, had access to more than $100 million in state and federal money specifically delegated for care for the uninsured. At the 2009 Nehemiah Action, with 1,000 people present, RISC received a written commitment from the CEO of VCU Health Systems to increase access to primary care for the uninsured through the Virginia Coordinated Care program. At the 2010 Action, VCU agreed to take further steps to increase access to primary care. From 2008 to 2011, the number of uninsured low-income individuals enrolled in the VCU program has increased from 11,000 to 27,000