Health Alliance for the Uninsured
 
Health Alliance for the Uninsured
 

GiveSmartOKC

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.

HAU Profile at GiveSmartOKC

 

R. Murali Krishna, MD, Community Service Award

 No one has ever doubted the compassion Dr. R. Murali Krishna has for the underserved. Since serving as President of Oklahoma County Medical Society in 2005, Dr. Krishna has been an unwavering voice for those in need of health care in Oklahoma County. By leading the Health Alliance for the Uninsured as Board President, and by his service on the Oklahoma State Board of Health, Dr. Krishna demonstrated a commitment to health and community that is unmatched.

As his responsibilities grew when elected to a leadership position on the Oklahoma State Board of Health, Dr. Krishna wanted to ensure that the Health Alliance would continue to grow and develop into a vital community-based organization. Dr. Krishna moved to the position of Founding President for the Health Alliance and was succeeded by Stanley F. Hupfeld. The Board of Directors for the Health Alliance wanted to recognize all that Dr. Krishna has given and the important role model he provides to medical students.

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 free 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

2014-Caitlin Pastor (click for photo)

2013-Katherine Shoush and Bonnie Cassidy

2012-Brandon Geister

2011-Michael Porteer

 

Our Friends and Neighbors are Uninsured

Oklahoma faces a health crisis – 14% of the state population is uninsured. In Oklahoma County, 21.6% or 1 in 5 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..

 

Overview of Accomplishments

Sarkeys Foundation Awards Grant – We are happy to announce that Sarkeys Foundation has awarded HAU a $100,000 grant in support of a new medical director position and program. Dr. Timothy Hill joined our staff June 1, 2013 as a result of this grant.

Commission to Transform the Health Care Safety Net - We are proud to have been selected to be the administrator for the new Oklahoma County Coordinated Healthcare Network. We are in the process of implementing many changes to our operations and staff to carry out the comprehensive plan developed by the commission. Please click for the full text of the plan to change the delivery of care to the underserved in Oklahoma County.

Merger with Central Oklahoma CareLink (formerly COINS) - In 2012, the Boards of Directors of HAU and Central Oklahoma CareLink voted to combine organizations in order to maximize efforts serving the health needs of low-income, uninsured persons. Bringing together similar programs that assist individuals in need of primary care as well as safety net clinic patients needing specialty care, diagnostics, or surgery. Merging organizations reduced overhead, leaving more resources for these vital programs. This merger allowed the combined strength of both organizations to continue the history of service to the underserved pioneered by Central Oklahoma CareLink, while improving access and insuring one strong voice for those we serve.

Super Saturdays for Women - In conjunction with our clinic partners at Good Shepherd Ministries,Crossings Community Clinic and Open Arms Clinic, we are providing specialized womens health services to free clinic patients. Services available include PAP examinations, clinical breast exams and follow up as needed for any findings that are abnormal. Existing free clinic patients may be eligible for these services, please check with your home clinic for more information about times, locations and availability. 

Cooperative Central Pharmacy - From August 2008 to November 2010 provided over 14,000 filled prescriptions onsite, with thousands more filled through medications provided to partner charitable clinics.

CareScope Software – Implemented and supports CareScope web-based data system for patient/clinic management in eleven Oklahoma County charitable clinics, with read-only access to patient hospital data through SMRTNET, Secure Medical Records Transfer Network.

Care Connection Specialty Referral Program – Assists charitable clinics with specialty needs.

Diagnostic Radiology Services – Coordinates x-rays, ultrasounds, CTs and MRIs.

Improved Volunteer Liability Protection All Oklahoma licensed health care professionals now have legal protection for uncompensated care to patients seen in free clinics or through referrals from free clinics. See this page for more information on Provider Liability Protection.

Chronic Disease & Wellness Programs Offers Diabetes Wellness Programs and Breast Health Education at charitable clinics.

Strengthened Charitable Clinic Network Communicates new resource information and facilitates monthly meetings for discussion of issues and innovative, collaborative solutions.

Future Health Professionals - HAU assists students in obtaining vital experiences.

 

Funding News

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded the Health Alliance of grant of $25,000 to support the expansion of diagnostic and specialty referral services for patients of safety net clinics in Oklahoma County. These funds allowed HAU to hire an additional RN part-time to coordinate referrals. Thank you!

The S.L. Gimbel Foundation has awarded the Health Alliance a grant of $25,000 to provide services for low-income, uninsured persons. This grant will allow Health Alliance Medication Access staff to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to individual patients struggling with chronic health conditions. The S. L. Gimbel Foundation funds are administered by the Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Thank you!

SSM Healthcare of Oklahoma (St. Anthony) - The Health Alliance is very grateful for new financial support from SSM Healthcare of Oklahoma (St. Anthony) for efforts to improve access to diagnostic and specialty referrals. This funding supports the work of Timothy Hill, MD, HAU Medical Director.  Thank you!

Sarkeys Foundation Awards Grant – We are happy to announce that Sarkeys Foundation has awarded HAU a $100,000 grant in support of a new medical director position and program. Dr. Timothy Hill joined our staff June 1, 2013 as a result of this grant. Thank you!

 
Our Mission

The Health Alliance for the Uninsured is a catalyst for improved health care services for those who otherwise would be unable to obtain them.

Our Vision

The Health Alliance for the Uninsured is to be a highly effective community organization that facilitates quality preventive and health care services to the medically underserved of Central Oklahoma.

Goals
  1. Increase physician visibility and participation
  2. Develop a fully integrated system of care, including clinics, hospitals, private providers with a connected data system/exchange
  3. Increase quality outcomes
  4. Raise awareness and understanding of the Health Alliance for the Uninsured in the community to increase financial support and partner participation