Wingra Family Medical Center Resource Navigation Program
– Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Former President and CEO, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
What if clinics were equipped with a system to help Ruth meet her basic needs?
We are trying to do just this!
Wingra Family Medical Center and Northeast Family Medical Center have begun asking their patients whether they want help meeting basic needs (like transportation, food, jobs, childcare) that we know impact their health. Students work with patients to help them connect with needed community resources and follow-up with them regularly to help them stay healthy. Students learn about the important links between basic needs and health, interact directly with patients to help them meet their needs and learn important patient advocacy skills. Law and pre-law students are on hand to help patients with health harming legal needs. Patients get someone to partner with as they navigate through the web of social service and legal systems. As one patient described it: “Well it makes me feel like someone cares. That I have support. It helps me, it motivates me to thrive and do better for me and my daughter with the help that I’m provided…”
There are many ways undergraduate and graduate students can get involved- providing resource and legal navigation, conducting program evaluation, or helping with special projects. Contact our Lane Hanson, our Program Coordinator, to learn more firstname.lastname@example.org.