One Family at a Time
While Young & Healthy is often known for connecting kids with a doctor or dentist when they are sick or hurting, we have become so much more. We have launched a series of parent education classes that support and build healthier and happier families.
Eleven-year-old Catalina has been attending the sessions with her mom and aunt. When the group was asked if they had anything to share about what they learned and incorporated from previous weeks, Catalina’s hand shot up. She shared that since her mom and aunt have been attending the parent education sessions with her, she feels like they are all talking to each other more. Catalina feels heard and safer because she feels more comfortable sharing her feelings with the adults in her life.
We thank Catalina for sharing her thoughts. Our children are always paying attention and do notice when parents are trying to make an effort. Young & Healthy has always claimed our motto to be “one child at a time”, but perhaps it’s time to expand this motto to “one family at a time”.
Hope & Healing
Denise hasn’t always had an easy life. What she does have is an aunt and grandmother who love her fiercely. Even with that encircling love, Denise suffers from serious anxiety and depression.
With no insurance, however, it has been difficult for Denise to access the care needed to address her anxiety and depression.
The tenacious women in Denise’s life reached out to Young & Healthy. The team work between the family and Young & Healthy staff has made all the difference for Denise. Together we were able to obtain consent from Denise’s mostly absent parents so that therapeutic services could be provided. Young & Healthy is now tackling her insurance needs for accessing future care.
When families and professionals work together it is amazing the mountains that can be moved. The result — hope and healing for Denise.
Allergies are Annoying
Allergies can cause itching, sneezing, and sometimes wheezing. Allergies are best treated when you take your prescribed medication. Twelve-year-old Gabby really wants to take her medicine for her allergies but she can’t…at least not at school. Taking any medication at school requires a doctor’s note and if you don’t have a note or perhaps don’t even have a doctor, you itch, sneeze, and wheeze at school.
With a referral to Young & Healthy, Gabby was able to see a dermatologist promptly. During her dermatology visit, Gabby’s allergies were addressed and a mysterious cyst was discovered that needed attention.
Gabby now has a dermatologist who is monitoring her allergies and the cyst, has the necessary doctor’s note for taking allergy medicine at school and has applied for Medi-Cal insurance to cover all of this in the future. It all took just one phone call to Young & Healthy!
Insurance Coverage is One Thing. Accessing that Care is Another.
Meet Nikki, who was referred to Young & Healthy by South Pasadena High School early this spring. Nikki is an 18-year-old foster youth who had a bad case of hives on the day she was referred. At the time, Nikki had full scope MediCal coverage….in San Bernardino County. Unfortunately, coverage in San Bernardino County is not helpful when a person is living in Los Angeles County and needs to access healthcare. Young & Healthy offered to assist with getting Nikki’s MediCal coverage transferred to Los Angeles County, but her family was already working with a social worker to get this done. In any case, this process takes time.
In the meantime, Nikki needed immediate help with her hive situation, so our case management team set her up with an appointment to see a doctor right away. Follow-up reports from the doctor suggested that Nikki had pelvic pain and needed to see a Gynecologist and that she could also benefit from seeing a Psychiatrist. Nikki already had a Psychiatrist coming to her home to lend assistance, but Young & Healthy was able to get Nikki an appointment to see a Gynecologist. After a pelvic ultrasound and physician visit, Nikki turned out to be just fine.
Now Nikki officially has MediCal insurance through Los Angeles County and is able to access care using that coverage. But what would have happened if she had not had Young & Healthy’s help in the interim? Nikki is not alone in her situation. It is not necessarily unusual for foster youth to need to wait for a change in insurance coverage when they move to a new county. Young & Healthy remains available to help these individuals so that they may obtain the care that they need.
Another Client Breathes a Little Easier
Twelve-year-old Julia suffers from asthma and allergies. Last month her mom came into Young & Healthy for help because Julia was running out of her asthma medication and the family had no insurance. Julia’s mom told us about she and her daughter having gone for a walk recently when Julia started to have problems breathing. Mom did not know what to do, other than to give Julia a few Ice Breaker mints and hope that it would help her breathing until they got home. Mom was under the impression that she did not qualify for MediCal due to her income and that was why her MediCal had been terminated. After a Young & Healthy case manager explained the income qualifications for MediCal with mom, she stated that she and her family should, indeed, qualify for MediCal. It was then that we offered mom assistance with applying for MediCal. In the meantime, we sent Julia to a walk-in clinic the next day and she received prescriptions for the needed asthma medication, which we helped her obtain. Additionally, we facilitated getting a second inhaler for Julia to have at school. Julia was then set up with an appointment to see Dr. Castro at the Huntington Hospital Asthma Clinic for follow-up. Julia is breathing better these days and her mom is thankful for Young & Healthy.