Hope Resource Center
Hope Resource Center (HOPE) is requesting funding from the Trinity Health Foundation, which would provide approximately one-quarter of free well-woman exams for women in our community.
Because of increased requests from their patients, HOPE began implementing well-woman exams in September 2017. This service is provided at no cost for women 21 and above who have either requested this service or who our nurse practitioners have recommended receiving this service following an STD screening at our clinic.
Since implementing this service, we have seen a monthly increase in women needing and receiving this service. From September-December 2017, we provided 4, well-woman exams/month. On average in 2018, we provided 6, well-woman exams/month. Appointments are tracked within our electronic medical records system where we are able to gather quantitative numbers and qualitative analysis of the impact this service has on women in our community.
Our nurse practitioners have established a partnership with collaborating physicians on our Medical Executive Committee, one of whom sees patients, insured or uninsured, with abnormal well-woman screenings at his office within UT Medical Center. We also have established relationships with community OB/GYNS and the Knox County Health Department who refer women needing this service to our clinic.
HOPE would use funds from the Trinity Health Foundation to provide medical supplies for well-woman exams for one quarter of the year as well as increased marketing efforts highlighting this service. This effort is sustained in our annual budget through gifts received from individuals, churches, and businesses in our community.