Celebrating Whole Person Care Program Achievements
|Pictured here are (standing) Alicia Anzaldo, Lindsey Mauldin, Saloman Martinez, Tiffanie Morla, Eleanor Mahon, Joy Tuazon, Leticia Arana, Ana Mendoza, (sitting) Moira Lewis, Patricia Sanchez, and Mary Gustus. Not pictured: Liliana Amaro|
The Health Department’s Whole Person Care (WPC) Teams of Public Health Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, supervisors, and support staff have a great deal to celebrate. As of May 30, they had enrolled more than 160 people who are homeless into the comprehensive case management program since January 2017 and have helped 46 of those into permanent housing. In May and June, the teams submitted 26 applications for enrollees over age 62 to occupy apartments in the new Junsay Oaks Senior Apartments in Marina, and 70 applications for new Moon Gate Plaza apartments located on Soledad Street in Salinas.
The four PHN/LVN teams are currently managing 108 active cases and have helped enrollees achieve remarkable health results. WPC enrollee Emergency Department visits decreased by half from 2017 to 2018, and hospital inpatient discharges decreased by nearly half during that time. The percentage of enrollees who engaged in alcohol and other drug dependency treatment within 14 days of enrollment increased from 56% in 2017 to 78% in 2018. Enrollees with diabetes whose blood pressure was under control increased from 60% in 2017 to 75% in 2018
The average age of a WPC enrollee is 54 years. One-third of enrollees have a diagnosis for hypertension and one out of five have a diagnosis for diabetes. Nearly two-thirds of enrollees served live in Salinas, and nearly one-third live on the coast. English is the predominant (94%) spoken language, and the non-Hispanic and Hispanic ethnic proportion is 58% and 42%, respectfully.