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Medical Assistance Department

Whitetulip Health Foundation aims to bridge healthcare gaps by establishing activities towards underserved populations such as recent immigrants and non-English speaking communities. Most of those people have no medical insurance or any other form of health care coverage. Because of high cost, they may not even seek medical care despite their intense need or receive medical care using their limited financial sources to pay medical bills. Whitetulip volunteers strive to help these group of patients personally, examine them, and prescribe medication when necessary. However, some of these people may have diseases requiring comprehensive care in continuity and their medical need might be much beyond than a simple medical examination and prescription.

Among those, some might be eligible to Medicare / Medicaid, others might afford private health insurance; the remaining might be able to go charity care of local hospitals and free clinics. However, most of these patients have language limitation, who may not even know the healthcare system and the sources available. To offer a solution to this problem, Whitetulip has launched a program to guide and help recent immigrants.

Volunteers of Whitetulip have prepared documents in their own language of the immigrants to explain healthcare system in the USA, including the options available to obtain affordable health care, how to identify appropriate coverage depending on the circumstances and specific healthcare needs, and how to apply to the available coverage options.

However, there are State specific differences in healthcare systems and local hospitals. Policies and requirements for free clinics may also vary. Therefore, further documents for specific state/region were prepared.

In addition, Whitetulip Health Foundation have been organizing seminars and one-to-one application sessions to educate the community and to provide direct help. Furthermore, Whitetulip members visit local free clinics to collaborate with them, to find volunteers among Whitetulip members, and establish a communication between those clinics and the particular underserved population.

In this page, you will find general information about the Healthcare System in the USA as well as the options available for certain states and regions in English and Turkish since we are currently working on recent Turkish immigrants. We are planning to translate these documents to any other language needed in future so that those populations can also take the advantage of these efforts. Please contact your local Whitetulip Branch or the Headquarter if you have any questions or concerns about our Affordable Healthcare Guide Program or you need further assistance for a particular medical need.

Medical Assistance Department

Goals and Objectives

Affordable Healthcare Guide for in the USA

Health care access for underserved populations, such as recent immigrants and non-English speaking communities is a big problem and there are many initiatives via local and federal governments and NPOs. Most of those people have no medical insurance or any other form of health care coverage. Because of high cost, they may not even seek medical care despite their intense need or receive medical care using their limited financial sources to pay medical bills. Whitetulip volunteers strive to help these group of patients personally, examine them, and prescribe medication when necessary or provide advice or guidance for health care access. However, medical care requires continuity and a comprehensive approach rather than as needed support.

Among the community, some might afford private health insurance, others might be eligible to Medicare/Medicaid; the remaining might be able utilize charity care of local hospitals and free/low cost clinics. However, most of these patients have language limitation, who may not even know the healthcare system and the sources available. To offer a solution to this problem, Whitetulip has launched a program to guide and help recent immigrants.

Volunteers of Whitetulip have prepared documents in their own language of the immigrants to explain healthcare system in the USA, including the options available to obtain affordable health care, how to identify appropriate coverage depending on the circumstances and specific healthcare needs, and how to apply to the available coverage options, separately for both nationwide rules and state/region specific differences ad resources. In addition, Whitetulip Health Foundation has been organizing seminars to educate the community in terms of health insurance and stable health care and one-to-one application sessions as needed to provide direct help.

Collaboration with free/affordable clinics

Whitetulip members visit local free clinics to collaborate with them, support
those clinics with volunteers among Whitetulip members, and establish a communication between those clinics and the underserved population.

 

 

 

 

Health Screening Events

Whitetulip Heath Foundation members have organized many health screening events, in various settings, such as malls, supermarkets, libraries, cultural and religious facilities to detect and create awareness about common diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

 

 

 

Blood Drives

Whitetulip Heath Foundation volunteers have organized blood drives over the years in many cities, in collaboration with health systems and American Red Cross.

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Hotline

Whitetulip Heath Foundation Medical Assistance department has quickly responded to the need of the recently immigrated Turkish community with limited access to medical care and limited English proficiency and built a hotline to answer their questions and provide guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hotline has served dozens of patients and has assisted the already overwhelmed health system by keeping patients who can safely self-quarantine t home and monitor their symptoms.

The hotline has also given the well qualified and experienced Turkish health care workers who are in the process of integration to the U.S. health care system, the opportunity to serve the community and help the health care system by volunteering in the hotline project.

 

 

Future Projects

Whitetulip Heath Foundation is planning to continue serving the underserved populations by establishing free health care platforms such as virtual clinics based on the COVID hotline experience, increase collaboration with other free clinics and even start free clinics at select regions in the future.

We are hoping to extend our efforts to support to other underserved communities and prepare the aforementioned documents in various other languages too.

 

 

 

 

In this page, you will find general information about the Healthcare System in the USA as well as the options available for certain states and regions in English and Turkish since we are currently working on recent Turkish immigrants. Please contact your local Whitetulip Branch or the Headquarter if you have any questions or recommendations about efforts or you need further assistance for a particular medical need.

Medical Assistance Department

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