People are walking up to 15 miles for basic medical help, and parents are forced to decide which one of their children receives care. Let’s stop the needless suffering in Appalachia. The Stop the Suffering Initiative is a 2 year focus on Appalachia, one of the poorest regions in our nation.
Stop the Suffering in Appalachia Introduction Video
The Problem with Health Care Access in Appalachia
We want all the poverty stricken children and their families in the Appalachian “Distressed Corridor” to have free quality healthcare access in 2014-2016. Today, 42% of those living in that region are in rural areas, compared with 20% of the national population. This will only get worse if we fail to act.
During this initiative, RAM will provide clinic events, mobilize our partners, and use our abilities to offer free preventive, dental, and vision care required to help improve the quality of life of those in these underserved and impoverished areas.
Our goal is to provide free quality health care access through the Stop the Suffering in Appalachia Initiative so that at least 90% of those living in the “Distressed Corridor” during 2014 – 2016 will be in driving distance of a RAM clinic.
RAM intends to use the Initiative as a gateway to establish RAM Affiliates based in Appalachian states to provide ongoing services and health care access beyond 2016.
The Expected Results
The “Distressed” counties represent approximately 1,200,000 people. Our patient estimate, based on those in urgent need of health care access, is projected to be 15% of that population or 180,000 people.
This estimate is based on the present unemployment and underemployment rates in those counties.
Dates: September 2014 – December 2016
States Served: TN, KY, NC, VA, WV, OH and MS
Estimated Number of Patients Served: 23,500 in over 50 clinics
Estimated Value of Care: $13,280,000
Partners: Over 200 Community Organizations and 8,000 volunteers
Cost: $658,000 ($28 per patient)