New Mexico, El Centro, Affordable Care discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
El Centro, a group of safety net clinics that offer care to all of those who walk through its doors. It is certainly a challenge asked out by ABC. And I talked to her about the film. What got you interested in the whole idea of there being an lack of medical facilities, you know, doctors in rural communities, so Laura Mike co-director, and I were both children of doctors ourselves. So we have a long standing interest in health and healthcare issues, and we were reading in two thousand fourteen about communities that after the passage of the Affordable Care. Act. They were still struggling to meet the needs of the communities because there weren't enough doctors. And so we set out on a six month journey of talking to people all around the country involved in rural medicine and primary care and trying to find out what is today's country doctor so to speak look like in rural America, it's facing so many challenges. I know that a lot of people talk about food desert's in parts of the country where they can't get healthy groceries. They've been talking about now news desert's where you can't get local news. It sounds like you've come up with the same thing when it comes to healthcare and doctors, you know, sort of a medical desert for people who are in areas. How far do some people have to drive to find a facility that will help treat? What the have? Yes. So we definitely have discovered medical desert's. We see patients in our clinics that in the film. Film that have to travel an hour to go to just their primary care practitioner, and especially when you're looking at communities that are strained financially. That can be a real challenge not just in terms of the cost of the gas to get to the doctor. But also the time taking time from work and juggling. So many different things. Tell us a little bit about the communities, and then were there any that really stood out to you that this is a real problem in this particular area of the country. So are filmed the providers is set in northern New Mexico in the towns of last Vegas, New Mexico. The other last Vegas and SPN Yola New Mexico and the clinic that we set the film, Matt Al Centro family health. They have a number of sites. It's and they cover over twenty two thousand square miles of northern New Mexico, which is about the size of West Virginia. And so their clinics are really serving a need in the community for healthcare and people otherwise wouldn't be able to access care and El Centro family health the clinic where the film is set is a federally qualified health center, and it really serves as the safety net in these small town communities in northern New Mexico. How big a deal is the opioid crisis in these places. The opioid crisis is really damaging communities and what we've found particularly in northern New Mexico, which actually before the current opioid cry. Isis has a long history of heroin use dating back to the Vietnam war that what we see a lot is injured generational use and really a cycle of addiction trauma, and poverty, and the stories in the film show that healthcare can really be a point of intervention in that cycle the doctor in that you profiled in the documentary his father died of an opioid overdose. While you were filming. Yes. So first of all, he's actually not an MD. He's a physician assistant. And so we're seeing in rural America advanced practitioners, so nurse practitioners and physician assistants really becoming the workforce. And yes, over the course of us making the film, his father dies of an. Overdose. Which was absolutely devastating in the film. You also see his sister struggling with addiction repealing the Affordable Care Act is that a big deal to people in these areas. Are they on that kind of healthcare or do they have their own insurance? New Mexico did expand, Medicaid, and that has really dramatically impacted how many people can access care in the community. And the clinic that our film is set at the vast majority of the people at the clinic or on Medicaid or Medicare and without that expanded access to Medicaid. They would really be in trouble. Really what we see often in rural communities is practitioners come for a few years, and then leave and that lack of continuity of care is. Is really damaging because patients than don't trust the medical system. Really, those long term relationships are absolutely critical to patients health doesn't sound like people are moving into you know, these rural communities drastic pace, but any solutions. Absolutely. So the research shows that the best way to get more healthcare providers into rural communities is to grow your own. And so we see in the film. Matt Probst has started a program where he mentors local high school students to pursue healthcare careers, and therefore you really a revitalizing the community from within the movie premieres the providers at appear premieres Monday, April eighth on PBS and Adam Levin. Thank.