246872 Treatment alone is not the cure: The Effect that Community Resources Have on Health Outcomes

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Griselda I. Lopez, MHA, MBA , Urology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Connor, MPH, CHES , Urology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Kelli Baker , Department of Urology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH , Urology and Health Services, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
IMProving Access, Counseling and Treatment for Californians with Prostate Cancer (IMPACT) is a state-funded prostate cancer treatment program for uninsured and under-insured low-income men throughout California. Although IMPACT is mandated to only pay for prostate cancer treatment, the Program recognized that the disadvantaged men face numerous other barriers which affect their health outcomes and quality of life. Therefore, IMPACT utilized geocoding to identify the available social services in the participant's community with a particular emphasis on social services available in rural areas of the State of California. This presentation will discuss the necessity for a combined joint network between health care programs and social service providers to reduce barriers faced by disadvantaged populations to ensure a greater quality of life for patients' before, during, and after prostate cancer treatment. When patients are concerned with the inability to cover basic necessities, such as food and shelter, the outcomes of prostate cancer treatment will not be successful. Therefore, the IMPACT Program meets more than just a patient's medical needs. IMPACT acts like a concierge for patients enrolled in the Program providing them with essential links to a variety of needed social services such food pantries, low-cost clinics, and support groups. Patients whose primary concerns are lack of base necessities, such as food and shelter, cannot have positive health outcomes. By providing these links, the Program strives to treat the whole patient not just the disease. As a result, patients undergoing and recovering from prostate cancer treatment may have better health outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
The objectives of this presentation: 1. To identify community barriers in obtaining social services in rural areas of the State of California 2. To discuss the need for focusing resources on disadvantaged populations. 3. To discuss how the current economic climate affects the ability disadvantaged populations through the reduction or discontinuation of needed services. 4. To expand the traditional concept of a concierge services to health care and social services

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I assist in overseeing a prostate cancer treatment program for the State of California.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.