Managing a chronic health condition can be challenging, especially for those with limited access to services. With our AccessHealth program, getting the support you need to get well and stay well is easy.
Our program provides clinical care coordination performed by registered nurses, who will visit your home and make a Care Plan that meets your needs. He or she will go over your medical history with you and record all your medications, learn about any conditions or diseases you may have, and review your diet with you. This will help you stay well and at home in your community. If needed, a clinical care coordinator will accompany you to healthcare appointments.
We also have neighborhood wellness advocates—members of your own community—who can assist in eliminating barriers that interfere with your ability to get the full level of health care you need. Advocates can help you apply for services such as insurance, housing assistance, VA benefits, and DSS financial assistance. They can also arrange transportation, and schedule and help prepare for medical appointments. If needed, a neighborhood wellness advocate will also accompany you to healthcare appointments.
AccessHealth is available to all St. Mary’s County residents who have one of the following chronic diseases: asthma, diabetes, hypertension/high blood pressure, congestive health failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or behavioral health issues.
Anyone can make a referral to AccessHealth on his or her behalf, or for another person. To make a referral, call Health Connections at 301-475-6019. AccessHealth offices are located at the new East Run Center in Lexington Park, Maryland. Learn more here.
AccessHealth Transportation Service
The AccessHealth Transportation service was designed to help patients get to medical appointments while long-term transportation can be coordinated and secured. Those who qualify for this specialty service are working with our Care Coordinators and/or a Neighborhood Wellness Advocates. Through this service, patients will have transportation to medical appointments available to them while they awaiting approval for public-based transportation services. Once approved, patients will transition to the more permanent transportation services offered in the county such as STS or ADA services. These services are free to qualifying patients.