|Left to right: Donna Bryant (ASC), Altagracia Ng (Gouverneur), Dr. Allison Schachter, M.D. (Gouverneur), Todd Canning (Gouverneur), and Carmen Rivera (ASC)|
ASC now offers onsite medical and dental care to our clients thanks to an exciting new collaboration with Gouverneur Medical Center. Twice a week, the Gouverneur mobile medical van and dental van set up shop outside ASC's main program office on East 11th Street, offering instant access to essential health services.
"Our clients prefer the easy access afforded by the medical and dental vans," explains ASC Outreach Coordinator David Lopez. "For many, bureaucratic barriers, complicated paperwork, and the atmosphere of clinical settings are obstacles to getting the care and treatment they need. Since these individuals are more comfortable and at ease in ASC's community-based setting, we offer them the best of both worlds by using the vans as an extension of our agency."
The medical van supplements ASC's free HIV counseling and testing program by providing screening for STDs and hepatitis C, plus health consultations, check-ups, and other primary care. The dental van provides routine check-ups and cleanings for a population that often lacks access to dental services.
"Our priority at ASC is to ensure a consistent, sustained connection to medical care for people living with HIV," says Sharen Duke, ASC's Executive Director/CEO. "To facilitate that connection, we have long offered our clients expedited access to care through fast-track referral agreements with Gouverneur, Beth Israel, Bellevue, St. Vincent's, Presbyterian, and other Manhattan-based hospitals. We are delighted to take this effort one step further by adding the onsite services of Gouverneur's medical and dental vans."
"As an agency closely connected with the communities most affected by HIV," adds Duke, "ASC is ideally suited to reach these communities and help to address the multiple challenges they face, including lack of access to health care. For many people living with HIV, ASC's services are stepping-stones to medical care and other health promotion services they wouldn't otherwise access. Our fast-track referral arrangements and the new onsite van services contribute immeasurably to optimizing the health and well-being of the people we serve."