Meet Michael and The Arc SF's Health Advocacy team and learn how they collaborate to navigate the healthcare system and manage Mike's healthcare.
Health & Wellness
At-risk participants benefit from the Health & Wellness Services at The Arc by receiving navigation support for health care, monitoring, screenings, fitness, and education. Intellectual or cognitive impairments can make it difficult for individuals with developmental disabilities to understand and access proper treatment.
For participants, continuity of care is also essential. Among Arc's comprehensive community-based case management services are health advocates, a part-time nurse, health case management, and healthy living classes that assist participants of all ages and those with developmental disabilities in living healthier lives.
A dedicated Health Advocate helps participants communicate with doctors, provide health histories, schedule screenings, follow medical treatment plans, and receive primary, vision, dental, and podiatry care.
We also assist working participants in understanding their health insurance and coverage to maximize their health. Our classes also help people to achieve a better work-life balance.
Individual advocacy plans vary, but always include a balance of supports for achieving optimal wellness. In the current model, our services focus on these specific areas:
- Overcoming Barriers to Access through Personalized Interventions
- Health Screening and Advocacy
- Exercise and Fitness
- Nutrition Education
- Diabetes Education
- Health Insurance Plan Navigation
- Healthcare Education Outreach
- Hospital Stay Support
- End of Life Planning
- Linkages to Community Resources (to ensure all psychosocial needs are addressed)
For more information about our comprehensive health care management and wellness services, contact Jennifer Dresen, Senior Director of Programs, email@example.com.