|Description||Matagorda County and Wharton County are both designated as Medically Underserved Areas. The population of Matagorda County is 37,957 and that of the city of Wharton is 9.323 (with Wharton County’s population at 41,188). There is extensive need for improved access to health care and dental services in the area. Matagorda County is a Primary Care Health Provider Shortage Area (HPSA) and a Dental HPSA. Wharton is also a Dental HPSA.|
|The target population for this project is comprised of a subset of low-income individuals in
Matagorda County and the Wharton city area of Wharton County who are in need of medical or dental
services but who are underserved, isolated, or underinsured or who cannot otherwise find access to
The problems this project was designed to address are as follows:
|Our program is working fairly well in our community; however, I would not consider it a best
Yes, the program will be sustainable. At this time, the non-consumable teaching supplies that are being used will continue to be used in the diabetes education classes and in the Tooth Fairy program. Other grant monies have become available to help these programs go forward for the present time. We are exploring the possibility of asking participants to pay a nominal fee to take the diabetes classes in the future.
|Source||Outreach Sourcebook, Vol.14, 2006-2009, Office of Rural Health Policy|
Celeste Harrison, CEO
Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program
101 Avenue F North
Bay City, TX 77414
Health insurance and uninsured
|Date added||January 24, 2007|
|Date updated or reviewed||April 20, 2010|
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