As Patient Navigators, we must look at the entire patient and what issues both positively and negatively impact their ability to support their health – their family, their work, other health issues and financial issues - just to name a few.
When a client is homeless all of their issues impact the client's ability to access and maintain health care.
The story from the YWCA of Rhode Island addresses some of these challenges.
On September 4th, YWCA Rhode Island outreached to a woman in her 50s, who had not had a Mammogram in three years.
Deborah Hodge shared story about not being able to get a referral as also experiencing homelessness. This client was happy to know about the Women's Cancer Screening Program and other resources. On October 5th, Hodge had her mammogram performed at Rhode Island Hospital. She was grateful for the referral and relived to get "negative" results. She already scheduled a routine mammogram for 2016. YWCA's ENCOREplus® and Sarah Frances Grant Homestead programs continue to assist this client with health promotion, life skill development, case management, and housing.