Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, five OneWorld programs will continue to support low-income and uninsured patients in our community. OneWorld received grants totaling $438,300 for 2017-2018 from United Way of the Midlands.

These are the five programs supported by United Way:

1. Community Clinics for Children meets the basic health care needs of uninsured children.

2. Health Supportive Services helps patients achieve healthier lifestyles through learning to manage chronic conditions and diseases (such as hypertension and diabetes), care coordination, referrals to specialty care, case management and financial assistance.

3. An Integrated Medical and Behavioral Health Team provides low-income patients in South Omaha with access to comprehensive primary medical and behavioral health care.

4. International Center Health Education and Outreach connects with recent immigrants and refugees to help them access a health care home, prevent infectious diseases and manage chronic illnesses and mental health issues.

5. Douglas County Promotoras (community health workers) provide screening and follow-up for heart disease, diabetes and obesity in the community; promote behavior change to reduce risks; and link individuals to a health care home.

A 69-year-old woman visiting the Intercultural Senior Center in South Omaha said she wasn’t feeling well during one of Pat O’Hanlon, RN,’s visits funded by the International Center Health Education and Outreach program. O’Hanlon took her blood pressure and quickly realized medication and physician intervention was necessary, so he arranged an immediate appointment for her at OneWorld. There, she received much-needed ongoing care and, as a result, avoided emergency room admission.

“OneWorld is grateful for United Way’s support of five unique programs that allow some of the most underserved populations in our community to access quality, affordable health care,” Andrea Skolkin, CEO of OneWorld, said. “Our low-income and uninsured patients benefit from these five programs every day, so we want to sincerely thank United Way donors for their generosity.”

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