An elderly woman came into North County HealthCare, to establish care at their St. Johns location. Before completing the new patient onboarding process, one of the Family Health Advocates conducted a resource screening through PointCare. One of the questions asked was “Have you lived in one of the following counties: Coconino, Apache, Navajo, Gila, Yavapai or Mohave, north of the Grand Canyon, between January 21, 1951 – October 31, 1958 or July of 1962?” Something she may not have asked otherwise unless prompted by PointCare.
Because the patient answered “yes” to this question, the PointCare screening results indicated that this woman, who had a history of cancer, was eligible for the Radiation Exposure Screening & Education Program (RESEP).
RESEP provides individuals that were affected by the fallout of the Nevada nuclear test sites during the 1950s and early 1960s no-cost medical screening exams and, at times, assistance with filing a claim for compensation through the Department of Justice.
If our Family Health Advocate had not conducted a PointCare screening, this “downwinder” may never have learned about RESEP or received a referral to access this incredible resource.
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