In yesterday’s post, I mention the “in-betweens,” those who haven’t been able to affordably access healthcare coverage. Many of these have not been able to access healthcare, or choose not to.
When left unchecked, their health problems can become disastrous: to themselves, to their finances and to the healthcare system.
This is a treatment program for strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure –prevention), through treating diabetes, treating hypertension, treating diabetes, treating high cholesterol. And then providing people the education necessary to be their own self-advocates.
– Dave Baldwin, Executive Director
The Richmond Center for High Blood Pressure seeks to prevent these disastrous outcomes — outcomes that would cost tens of thousands of dollars — through a few hundred dollars of prevention.
Here are the CHBP’s qualifications: you must meet any one of these criteria:
- Have blood pressure higher than 120/80
- Have blood sugar levels over 100
- Have cholesterol levels over 200
- Not have private health insurance
- Have no insurance provided by your employer
- Not qualify for government assistance
- Earn less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline
Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to film Dave, the (small) staff and some of the volunteers. Here their stories, and then check out the Center online. Consider supporting a Center like this in your city.