Reconnecting with Our Communities
The impact of delayed medical care can create significant downstream problems for individuals, their families, and the broader society. Recent reports indicate that nearly 40 percent of adult patients have delayed medical treatment since the beginning of the pandemic. Timely and routine access to care provides avenues for early intervention in the event of a diagnosis. Mammograms, colonoscopies, skin checks, and other screening procedures can detect cancer in its early stages, when treatment protocols can be less invasive and more effective. Additionally, routine physicals can help change the trajectory of chronic diseases, leading to longer, healthier lives for patients.
Adults are not the only group that has fallen behind with their medical care. Experts are raising concern at the national trends showing reduced adherence to well child check up and vaccination schedules for children. Childhood vaccines are widely accepted by public health officials and healthcare providers as the most effective tool available for preventing severe disease and fatality from illnesses like polio, measles, diphtheria, and more. Children that do not receive immunizations become susceptible to illnesses once thought to be irradicated in this country. For example, the first case of paralytic polio acquired in the U.S. since 1979 was detected in a young adult living in New York. The rapid, uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 reminds us of the looming threat of contagious disease, even when cases are detected on the other side of the country.
The time to build resources that reconnect communities with these valuable health resources is now!
Beginning September 1, 2022, the Confluence Health Foundation will be embarking on its annual appeal. Funds raised will support Confluence Health provider and employee-driven efforts that reconnect our local communities to vital healthcare services. While healthcare systems across the country strive to regain ground lost during the pandemic, Confluence Health and its partners have identified new ways to get important health messages to people when and where they need it. These techniques make important connections to healthcare resources that can have a lifesaving impact.
Gifts from donors like you will be used to purchase at-home cancer-screening tests, organize community-outreach events and education efforts, enable technology-based remote patient monitoring, and much more.
Check out some past work that inspired this appeal by clicking on the links below. Your gift will help us do more.
- Día Del Niño Community Health Fair – A Huge Success! – Confluence Health Foundation
- Foundation Mini Grant Helps Nurse Navigators Provide Remote Care – Confluence Health Foundation
- Madrinas de Salud Highlighted in Seattle Times – Confluence Health Foundation
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