Phil Knight, Gerry Brisson, Philadelphia discussed on Opportunity Detroit


With doctor Phil knight and Gerry Brisson welcome back everyone linndale conference is with us today or sign doctor Phil knight here in the Philadelphia I would just say in all fair no one say owner that I really appreciate a lot of the values that you expressed in this first segment and particularly the Jerry talk about it for just a moment the value around dignity and how though the way you're doing this work as you discover who's food insecure in your patient population you're having some hunger interventions and that is in up lifting experience it's a part of the treatment plan not just charity absolutely we call it a prescription for health so to say it comes into the clinic and their status with their provider in the provider shares with them that they may need lintel or they may need a fruit or vegetable certain fruit or vegetables they're giving them things to try and they'll say stop by the market place on your way out into our patients are leaving here it's not unusual for patients to leave here with grocery bags because that's just the way that we look here in Ypsilanti you know one is one of my favorite things about this is that that's how it should be you have to look at the whole person you know what prescription medications and other types of medical devices we know how important they are we know how they help people's lives were all in favor of it but it's also true that that over half of what makes a person have a health condition or not is what they eat and whether or not they have an active lifestyle so why wouldn't we see grocery bags coming out of the clinic why wouldn't we see grocery bags coming out of the hospital when people are leaving with their prescriptions right he of course you would it makes absolute sense that you would and just hearing you say it you know we see a lot of people walking out here with grocery bags I just find it to be sold right they're not only walked in our grocery bags that they're walking out with everything that they need because we're taking care of the total patient here in Ypsilanti until we address food insecurity but we have other things that we're also addressing legal support for patients and making sure that we're we're looking at the patient holistically and not just medically so I want to know a little bit more about you how did you end up doing this work in and championing this cause but America Riley actually started to work ideas what a poor person in that she was a medical director and I'm the administrator for this site most of her ideas she needed me to be able to push those right and to get those approved throughout the university and and throughout the community and we partner together in every way she worked in a clinic a great clinic here within the city and I believe that they had something similar where they have like a storage closet full of food and so we decided to do something similar in that battle we decided to offer fresh fruit and vegetables and basic stock items shelf items that our patients can come here and gather so we don't have any feel good food to fill any there are no oreos on the shelves but we we do have basic stock items that most of our patients need which can produce them to whole wheat pasta and we've introduced them to quinoa and things that many people within this community has never even tried before and I'm sure a bunch of our listeners is have never tried either and this is the work this is what we're really up against when we talk about behavior change right you got to give people a shot you got to introduce it to him you got to say this is what it is this is how it's going to help you feel better and so people will try it if you give them a shot it would cost him anything to do we're talking with Lynn Dale Cochran who is the manager at the Ypsilanti health center Lovell we're so thankful to have you on the show I got a question for you about your you're addressing food insecurity in the patient population are you discovering any of the other social determinants of health like isolation or housing that that are prevalent in the in the folks that you're serving absolutely I'm so glad that you asked and it's a landing we do things just a little bit different than most primary care clinics within Washtenaw county within this clinic when we look at housing we hired here full time guess persistence program social worker that does nothing but tangible needs for our patients and so far patients are having difficulty getting their prescriptions or whether or not they need transportation to the clinic if they need food if they need quality all of those things are being provided in some way or we're referring them to agency close to us when we're able to meet those needs of our patients in this population we have to train DTE energy wraps that work on our staff to have a connection with D. T. to be able to hold shut off notices and cancel those are a lot of patience to be able to create some sort of payment plan so they can get both things and we also are working to try and ensure that they're able to get their medical supplies many of our patients don't have access or don't have the ability to get the medical supplies that we need they need in order to care for themselves and so we're working on those things all the time we brought in legal services and in a partnership with a legal services of southwestern Michigan and the old attorneys coming here and they help us support to help our.

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