HEALTHFINDERS COLLABORATIVE INC Overview
Target demographics: Un- and under-insured families earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in greater Rice County.
Geographic areas served: Rice County, Minnesota
Programs: PRIMARY CARE SERVICES
The HealthFinders Clinic operates on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Little Prairie United Methodist Church, located on County Road 88/130th Street in rural Dundas, MN.
EDUCATION AND SUPPORT FOR CHRONIC CONDITIONS
HealthFinders Collaborative aims to provide culturally appropriate education and support for adults and children who meet program guidelines and have chronic conditions — i.e. diabetes, hypertension, asthma. Through proper education, individuals can learn to manage their health condition and keep themselves in a good state of health, thereby avoiding complications resulting from poor management and avoiding hospitalizations.
For more than two years, our Diabetic Program has provided monthly support, education, diabetic supplies and medications to diabetic patients. Participants must agree to attend monthly education sessions and track their blood sugar levels. Currently around 60 individuals receive necessary syringes, test-strips, glucometers, medication, lancets, and educational support through the diabetes program.
MEDICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
HealthFinders manages a prescription drug fund in partnership with local pharmacists, medical personnel, and public health officials to provide prescriptions to low-income, uninsured community members. The program uses a specific list of medications (formulary) from which physicians can prescribe; patients can obtain prescribed medications at one of the participating pharmacies in the Northfield, Faribault and Lonsdale communities.
The fund supports prescription medication for HealthFinders Clinic patients, as well as patients at area clinics and emergency departments who meet program guidelines. Physicians at primary care clinics in the area, as well as Faribault and Northfield hospital emergency departments, can access the program for patients in need.