Dental Care Takes Care of More Than Teeth
Ten-year-old Simone and 12-year-old Tim, brothers, were recent patients at our Mobile Dental Clinic. Dental work can be stressful for any child and by day four of his care, Simone was growing weary and nervous.
Because the USC Dental team wanted this to be a positive experience for the kids, they called in reinforcements—big brother Tim.
Tim put on the dental scrub and mask, sat by his brother and comforted him to a successful completion of his dental care. By the end of the day big brother Tim wanted to go to dental school.
We are so grateful to the USC Dental School for treating the “whole child” and always taking special care of those who are frightened. The truest definition of TLC!
Simplicity Wins Again
Young & Healthy was created with a very simple and uncomplicated concept: Neighbors helping Neighbors. While health care reform is complicated and confusing, simple kindness never is. Zachary squints at the back of his classroom and his teacher notices. The teacher, in turn, sends him to the school nurse who does a vision screening. The nurse knows the family well, and realizing they cannot afford an eye exam, she calls Young & Healthy. Easy next steps—a volunteer optometrist diagnoses the problem and writes a prescription for glasses. Zachary and his family come to Young & Healthy where he picks out new glasses and yet another volunteer makes the glasses for him. Just neighbors helping neighbors—simple as that.
When Facebook Makes Your Day
I’ll admit, I am a latecomer to the world of Facebook. Now that I am a regular user, I can see its real value as a communication tool. But the other day, a posting from a friend made my heart do a little dance.
Sue had come to one of my talks about the new health insurance possibilities. She asked tons of questions, mostly about her adult son. He had a back injury that prevented him from getting insurance or ongoing work. This has put an understandable strain on his family. She took this new information about health insurance to her son, who apparently took action.
On January 4th she posted that her son not only had insurance, but had seen a doctor and had an MRI! Imagine just four days into these new plans and he got action. He is hopefully on his way to diagnosis, treatments and a healthier future. Changing his health status will truly have a ripple effect on his entire family.
Believe me, I know this has been a rocky start with Affordable Care Act—and yet hearing about the positive outcome for this young man makes me proud that Young & Healthy is involved. Onward we go!
Sixteen-year-old Ruby was living on the streets in Las Vegas with her mom. Luckily, her Pasadena grandma learned of her awful plight and rescued Ruby.
With food, shelter and safety now in place Grandma began assessing a myriad of needs and challenges she faced with Ruby.
She got Ruby enrolled in high school and stopped by Young & Healthy for additional services. The team quickly replaced her glasses that had been lost in the shuffle. A bit more difficult (but not impossible) is getting Ruby’s Nevada-based public insurance to California’s Medi-Cal. Can you imagine the miles of red tape they will encounter dealing with two different states? Our Young & Healthy team is on it and won’t let go of the challenge until it’s complete.
In the meantime, Ruby has been quite traumatized by her last year on the streets and Young & Healthy will find her the therapeutic support she needs.
When the phone rings and a Young & Healthy voice says “Can I help you?”, we really mean it!
The ingenuity at work…
A mom and her teenage daughter came to our office not long ago. Fifteen-year-old Jackie was having a lot of trouble at school. It seems she could not read the print in her text books and was even having trouble seeing the whiteboard in her classrooms. Jackie seemed embarrassed but her mom asked for help: could we help with new glasses for Jackie? “Of course“, I said, but not before she whipped out her home remedy that Jackie had been using for several weeks. Mom came up with a “solution” that showed incredible ingenuity. She had bought the strongest strength glasses she could find at the 99 cent store, and then super glued an old pair of contact lenses on top of them. VOiLA! Jackie could see a little better. Wow—this mom was so smart and came up with something I would never have come up with in a million years…then again I never had to. Every day, I am impressed with the families we serve and REALLY HAPPY we could provide Jackie with an eye doctor appointment and a pair of glasses a bit less embarrassing for a darling teenager.