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Health Leads’ mission is to catalyze this healthcare system by connecting patients with the basic resources they need to be healthy, and in doing so, build leaders with the conviction and ability to champion quality care for all patients.
Every day in America, doctors prescribe antibiotics to patients who have no food at home or are living in a car.
Of course, medicine alone won’t solve these problems, and many of the patients will return with more serious - and more expensive - illnesses. But, for the most part, doctors don’t have the time or knowledge to address patients’ basic resource needs.
Health Leads solves this problem. With Health Leads, a doctor can "prescribe" food, housing, health insurance, job training, fuel assistance, or other critical resources - just as they would medication. Patients take their prescriptions to the clinic waiting room, where Health Leads’ college volunteers are ready to connect them to these resources.
Health Leads’ straightforward, preventative referrals to government and community resources enable families to avert crises and to access increased income and education, which have been documented to result in better long-term health outcomes.
Last year, Health Leads trained and deployed nearly 1,000 college volunteers in five regions to connect nearly 11,000 low-income patients and their families to the resources they need to be healthy.
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