Expanding Access to Primary Care for the Underserved
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $100,000 to The Wright Center Medical Group, P.C. for equipment needed to improve and increase access to affordable, high-quality healthcare for medically underserved, low-income, high-need individuals. This expanded capacity will enable The Wright Center to serve additional patients through an integrated healthcare delivery system designed to provide comprehensive care and safety net services across the lifespan regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. It will also support The Wright Center’s efforts to address the healthcare needs of rural areas. Providing non-discriminatory access to a full range of services to the uninsured, underinsured, and medically disenfranchised community will reduce emergency department use and expense and provide right-venue services in a primary care setting.
Teaching Health Centers
HRSA has awarded multiple grants to The Wright Center to establish Teaching Health Center locations and expand our medical residency training opportunities. The goal is to increase the number of primary care physicians trained to work with underserved populations in inter-professional teams that emphasize keeping entire communities healthy.
HRSA has made a significant contribution to The Wright Center to establish six new Teaching Health Centers and launch a Family Medicine National Network residency program. In a partnership with A.T. Still University’s Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, the expansion will enable The Wright Center to place residents over the next three years in community health centers around the country.
The Wright Center received $2,175,000 in new Teaching Health Center funding for 2013-2014.
Additionally, as of 2017, HRSA has awarded The Wright Center a Primary Care Teaching Enhancement Grant for the second consecutive year.
HRSA has also awarded The Wright Center, in partnership with A.T. Still University, $61,297 in supplemental funding to develop training that will improve the ability of primary care providers to respond to the opioid epidemic. The Wright Center will use these funds to develop a training course for physician assistants (PAs) on medication-assisted treatment and opioid abuse prevention in medically underserved areas. Practicing PAs, PA faculty, and PA students will be brought together to generate course content, and by capitalizing on The Wright Center’s designation as an Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence, the assembled group of health professionals will be able to create a robust course based on outcomes and best practices for use at partner community health centers and partner PA-training programs. The course will be designed for continuous dissemination via presentations and train-the-trainer sessions at local, regional and national conferences.
School-Based Health Centers
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) invested $2,000,000 to create or significantly enhance School-Based Health Centers which will provide access to healthcare to nearly 9,000 students in Valley View, North Pocono, Lakeland and Scranton School Districts.
Infectious Disease Services
HRSA also provides important operational funds to The Wright Center’s Infectious Disease Clinic, which annually provides comprehensive healthcare, prevention education and support services to 400 people within seven surrounding counties. The Northeast Regional HIV Planning Coalition and United Way of Wyoming Valley annually invests almost $700,000 in support of our Infectious Disease Clinic, including resources which will enable the addition of HIV diagnostic services.
Oral Healthcare Education and Service Line Expansion
Moses Taylor Foundation awarded a grant of $234,301 to The Wright Center for its ongoing oral health care and education program, which is designed to improve access to oral health care in Lackawanna, Wayne, and Susquehanna counties. With the support of The Foundation, The Wright Center’s dental team provided oral health care to 1,022 Scranton School District and Head Start students which included cleanings, exams, topical fluoride, sealants and education. Additional parent and teacher education was presented at the EOTC Mommy & Me Program and Toddler Group, Lakeland Elementary School and Boys & Girls Club. The dental team also participated in three regional health fairs.
The Wright Center Medical Group received a $2,000 Healthy Workplace grant from Moses Taylor Foundation to furnish and equip its Mothers’ Room, with improvements including comfortable chairs, a music source, a small refrigerator and a hospital-grade pump. This lactation space will help The Wright Center’s working mothers to successfully maintain their breastfeeding relationship, thus providing proven lifelong health benefits to both mother and baby. In addition to ensuring compliance with ACA requirements and advancing Healthy People 2020 objectives for breastfeeding babies, these improvements will help to counter stress, increase motivation and morale, and promote a happy, healthy culture. The Wright Center was one of fifteen area nonprofits to receive a grant from the Foundation for their proposed healthy workplace “resolution”.
The Northeastern Pennsylvanian Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation invested $5,000 in support of The Wright Center’s Wonderful Women Program which provided health information to women, with special emphasis on breast cancer via community events and a local support group.
Asian Medical Home
The Pennsylvania Medical Society has awarded The Wright Center a one-time, $5,000 grant to help fund a project aimed at improving healthcare for the area’s Asian population. The grant will allow the center to purchase new equipment and take healthcare directly to the Asian community via mobile, “pop-up clinics”, helping to fulfill The Wright Center’s mission to improve the well¬being of the entire community.
The NEPA Health Care Foundation awarded $50,000 to help establish a Primary Care Clinic at Skyview Park Apartments in Scranton that will provide a full range of services including mental, behavioral health, and dental care to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, and low income with a particular focus on the growing Bhutanese refugee, Asian, and Hispanic communities.
Electronic Medical Records for the Skyview Clinic
The Willary Foundation awarded $10,000 to implement the Portable Remote Network (PRN) that will connect the Skyview Primary Care Clinic and its patients to electronic medical records (EMR) and the Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) to facilitate care coordination among all providers involved in a patient’s health including specialists, hospitals, and community services.
Under the Corporation for National and Community Service, for over 50 years AmeriCorps has been “lifting people out of poverty”. The Wright Center has been awarded sponsorship of four VISTAs annually for a period of three years. VISTAs will contribute to our organization’s project goal of improving and expanding service lines and access to quality healthcare for consumers in underserved areas of high priority throughout Lackawanna County. VISTAs will contribute to several long-term projects that will have broad impacts throughout the organization and community. Tasks and objectives will be embedded in three focus areas that include the Center for Opioid Excellence, School-Based Health Centers, and LGBTQ service line.