According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, it has been estimated that, in the U.S., the combined cost of health disparities and subsequent deaths among racial and ethnic minorities due to inadequate and/or inequitable care is $1.24 trillion. When health disparities are addressed and communities become healthier as a result, health care costs lower, which allows for a stronger economy.
Every day, OneWorld works to save the lives of individuals who fall through the cracks in our community. Because we understand that gaps in health, health care and well-being can have detrimental (and even deadly) effects, OneWorld is a leader in reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. We strive to welcome and care for everyone, regardless of their circumstances, ensuring access to culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the most vulnerable and underserved members of our community.
In 2016, OneWorld cared for 37,771 patients from 70 zip codes at our 12 clinics in Douglas, Sarpy and Cass counties. Among those patients, 83 percent were racial and ethnic minorities. We work to improve health outcomes by increasing minority populations’ access to health care, so we make it easy to be screened and treated for diabetes, hypertension, asthma, depression and more. OneWorld’s promotoras work out in the community to connect with their neighbors, families, friends and communities to promote health and prevent disease. In addition to providing screenings, they work to educate people about the value of diet, exercise and managing diseases like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
We also help patients overcome the barriers that prevent them from receiving care in several different ways. We provide patients with rides to and from appointments, we help them afford care with our Sliding Fee Scale and we provide interpreters to ensure that everyone we serve is comfortable when communicating with clinicians. Languages spoken within the health center in 2016 included English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Karen, Somali, Arabic, Russian, K’iche’, Kanjobal, Turkish, Bosnian, Nepali, Mandarin Chinese, French and Dari.
The care minority populations receive at OneWorld is top-quality, and the outcomes speak for themselves: OneWorld ranks in the top 2% in the nation for health outcomes among the nation’s 1,400+ community health centers. By actively reaching out to minority populations, increasing health care accessibility and adapting to populations’ needs, OneWorld seeks to not only help individuals receive the care they need, but also to improve the health of the larger community.