Health Equity: Not a “One Size Fits All” Solution
Our WeCareJax patient, Wiley, has been receiving specialty care physical therapy sessions through our network of volunteer providers at St. Vincent’s. While Wiley had been doing his regular physical therapy sessions, his condition wasn’t showing any improvement. It wasn’t until we learned that Wiley was without a home and sleeping on friend’s couches, that we understood. His living situation had a direct correlation to his injuries and lack of improvement.
WeCareJax Senior Clinical Advisor, Tina, sprung into action. Tina worked with Wiley’s primary care clinic, Sulzbacher Downtown, as well as reaching out to the Liberty Center, who offers affordable housing. Within 5 days, Wiley went from couch surfing to having a place to call his very own, with WeCareJax covering the deposit and rent until Wiley is able. Tina didn’t stop there and collected donations of small appliances and housewares, purchased bedding and other home items, and helped Wiley move in. We are so grateful to the donors and staff who made this move possible!
WeCareJax believes in the value and equity of all races, genders, orientations, socioeconomic status, abilities, and citizen status. There is no “one size fits all” option when it comes to health equity, and WeCareJax strives to make sure our patients are getting the wrap-around care they need. We are so excited to see Wiley’s improvement from simply being able to sleep in a bed and having the stress of looking for a home off of his shoulders!