Bonus Minicast #4

Out Of The Cold Program. Supporting Vulnerable Inner City Patients with Dr. Mariah Hughes

Guest: Dr. Mariah Hughes

Physician, Internal Medicine. ​

Key Takeaways

  • Out of the Cold’ is a resident physician led and operated preventative and primary health clinic in Ottawa that provides health care to vulnerable inner city patients

  • ‘Out of the Cold’ is scalable and has a low operating budget, yet has a wide reach and potentially prevents downstream healthcare resource utilization by preventing non-urgent emergency department visits

A Closer Look

‘Out of the Cold’ Primary Health Clinic

  • Dr. Mariah Hughes is one of the resident organizers for this resident led and operated primary health clinic

  • Since 2016, the clinic has run between Nov – March for one evening each week, timed to coincide with free supper at the Ottawa Knox Presbyterian Church

  • Despite a very low operating budget (several hundred per year), the clinic assess and treats 5 – 20 patients per clinic, and is staffed by a volunteer pool of 30 resident physicians (supervised by staff physicians)

  • The clinicians provide free assessments and referral to specialists as needed, preventative health counseling, wound care, and other primary care assessments

 

Impact and Scalability

  • A volunteer model for providing healthcare to underserved populations is potentially scalable, as many healthcare providers are willing to donate their time to help vulnerable populations

  • Patients may be more receptive to seeing a physician for their health problems in this setting as they are already at the church receiving a free meal, thus removing barriers to accessing healthcare

Further Readings

This Episode Sponsored By

BetterHelp is the largest online counseling platform worldwide. They change the way people get help with facing life's challenges by providing convenient, discreet and affordable access to a licensed therapist.
BetterHelp makes professional counselling available anytime, anywhere, through a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Sign up today: BetterHelp
and use Discount code “solvinghealthcare"

An unmatched selection of audiobooks performed by world-class talent, listen anytime/anywhere with the free Audible app., and an Audible book library you'll own forever.

 

Use our code to get:

  • 3 titles for each month: 1 audiobook + 2 Audible Originals

  • 30% off any additional audiobooks

Sign up today: Audible
and use Discount code “solvinghealthcare"

SolvingHealthcarePodcast.png
  • Twitter
Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 5.45.31 PM.png

© Copyright Resource Optimization Network 2019