News and Updates
HAU is administering a new grant from Mercy Caritas that is providing diabetic eye exams and treatments for eligible patients of HAU safety-net clinic partners. Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness and HAU is grateful to have the opportunity to improve access to vision care!
In the recent "Pump Up Your Profile" contest for organizations with GiveSmartOKC profiles, the Health Alliance was selected as the Most Informative Profile for organizations with a budget less than $1 million!
Gayle Farley presented a check for $500 given by the DonorEdge OKC Fund.
A Message from the Executive Director
2015 brings exciting opportunities for HAU!
Thanks to generous funders and donors, HAU is looking forward to expanding services and implementing a dynamic electronic health record system within HAU and our partner safety-net primary care clinics in Oklahoma County. Below is a quick overview – please check back for progress reports!
Grant funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, with additional funding from the Oklahoma City County Health Department, allow HAU to move from the data system it purchased in 2008 and move into the very dynamic health data environment. Without this funding support, HAU would not be able to move ahead in our efforts to provide a quality software application to partner clinics. Patient safety, quality of care, ability to measure and report health outcomes, avoid duplicate resource utilization, the list of benefits is long! Thank you to our funders!
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded a grant to HAU that will strengthen our bilingual staff levels and allow HAU to follow up with patients that receive services through HAU’s Diabetic Eye Health project. Diabetes is the leading cause of adult vision loss and the goal of the project is to identify patients with diabetes that are at risk for vision loss and provide treatments that, along with improved diabetes management, prevent loss of vision. Positive outcomes include maintaining ability to read, drive, accurately prepare insulin injections, and many quality of life improvements.
Pam Cross-Cupit, MPH
Our Friends and Neighbors are Uninsured
Oklahoma faces a health crisis – 17% of the state population is uninsured. In Oklahoma County, 23% or almost 1 in 4 persons is uninsured.* The majority of these individuals are 19-64 years of age and are working, but their employment does not include health insurance. Being uninsured is a huge barrier to accessing the health services needed to be healthy. Lack of access to quality healthcare impacts more than the uninsured individual – it impacts families, employers, and the community.
*For more in-depth research & statistics, see http://okhca.org/
R. Murali Krishna, MD, Community Service Award
The Board initiated the R. Murali Krishna, M.D. Award for Community Service in collaboration with the OU College of Medicine. The Health Alliance for the Uninsured presents the award during the Bridges to Access conference, an event coordinated by the OU Community Health Alliance. Students, faculty and safety net clinic personnel nominate fourth year medical students that exemplify tremendous compassion, dedication and skills. All students nominated for the award receive a framed certificate.
List of winners by year
2013-Katherine Shoush and Bonnie Cassidy
Health Alliance for the Uninsured now has a profile on GiveSmartOKC. GiveSmartOKC is a powerful gateway to comprehensive information about charitable organizations in central Oklahoma. GiveSmartOKC is administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and is powered by GuideStar. In each profile, you will find vital facts about nonprofit organizations that can help you make decisions about where to volunteer your time, make a gift or learn more about community issues. Click the link below to view HAU's profile.