There is a huge unmet need for health care by a population that has no access to care due to a number of barriers (i.e. transportation, food, health insurance or ability to pay). Villa Therese Catholic Clinic (VTCC) is the only venue that provides free medical, dental, and vision to a population which has no alternative. VTCC holds 2 off-site medical, dental, and vision screening clinics monthly in coordination with churches, other health organizations, and social services organizations.
According to the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment in 2016, 39% of Emergency Room diagnosis were for general medical visits. The highest number of uninsured rates and percent living in poverty are located in the Agua Fria Village (37%) and Airport Road (27%) areas of Santa Fe, which is at least 30 minutes away from our clinic. There is a huge unmet need for care by a population that has no access and is also dealing with other socioeconomic barriers
VTCC piloted a series of off-site medical, dental, and vision screening clinics in 2018 which are held at churches after mass and other organizations who provide social services to our patients. For those that may need further care, we schedule follow-up appointments during the off-site screenings so that patients may be seen at the clinic over the next few weeks following the screening clinic. We partner with many organizations such as SFPS Adelante Program and their grocery distribution.
By enhancing our services and taking them to the patients, we are beginning to see the following changes: First, we continue to see an increase in adult patient access for primary care, with new screenings and follow-up appointments in all of our programs. Second, we would like to help decrease the number of patients going to the Emergency Room for non-emergent care. Third, we would like to see a trend in the reduction of health disparities that are prevalent among this population.