March 5, 2019
Free Foot Exams and Footwear Offered to Those Experiencing Homelessness
Health Partners Foundation and Broad Street Ministry Host “Getting Back on Our Feet”
Philadelphia, PA – People experiencing homelessness are at risk for poor foot health and foot pain which can be severe enough to affect their ability to walk – a serious issue for those whose primary form of transportation is walking. Research also shows they often wear ill-fitting shoes which can cause or worsen foot problems.
To address these foot health issues, Health Partners Foundation (HPF) partnered with Broad Street Ministry (BSM), a social services agency, and Rothman Orthopaedic Institute to offer free foot exams and footwear to local people experiencing homelessness on Feb. 19 at BSM.
During the “Getting Back on Our Feet” event, HPF gave two pairs of socks and one pair of sneakers or boots to 280 participants, while physicians from Rothman Orthopaedic Institute provided foot exams for those who wanted them.
“When our parent company, Health Partners Plans, partnered with Philadelphia FIGHT and BSM last year to connect their guests to health care, we realized just how serious the issue of quality foot care and footwear is for all persons experiencing housing insecurity,” said Staci Scott, HPF president and HPP director of Corporate Citizenship. “So we asked what we could do to address this pressing need; and the answer was to meet this vulnerable population where they are to offer essential exams and footwear.”
For the last year, Health Partners Plans, BSM and Philadelphia FIGHT, a Federally Qualified Health Center, have collaborated to connect individuals struggling with homelessness and chronic health conditions to quality health care. Philadelphia FIGHT set up a clinic at BSM, which practices “radical hospitality” by welcoming people off the street and offering them meals, clothing, personal hygiene items and case management in a safe environment. HPP stationed a full-time social worker at BSM to reach its transient members and to connect guests to care. The result has been a seamless coordination of care between BSM’s case managers, FIGHT’s medical team and HPP’s social worker for the vulnerable population they serve.
About Health Partners Foundation
The Health Partners Foundation supports low-income communities in Philadelphia and surrounding counties with health information, educational programs, scholarships, emergency assistance and more. A 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Foundation is funded by employees, as well as vendors and friends of Health Partners Plans who share our commitment to offering a helping hand in disadvantaged communities.
About Broad Street Ministry
Broad Street Ministry believes that we transform our city, our institutions and ourselves when we embrace the individual needs of our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. Through a unique model of radical hospitality, we provide stabilizing services that go beyond meeting basic human needs. Along with our nutritious meals, guests can benefit from a mailing address, change of clothes and personal care items. And we partner with other best-in-class nonprofit organizations to offer medical and behavioral health care, legal assistance, and support with housing, public benefits and personal identification. Learn more about radical hospitality at broadstreethospitality.org.
About Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is committed to being the national leader in innovation and excellence of musculoskeletal clinical care, teaching, and research.
ABOUT HEALTH PARTNERS PLANS
Health Partners Plans is a not-for-profit managed care organization, renowned for addressing food insecurity through its groundbreaking medically tailored meals program. It is the only Medicaid plan in Pennsylvania and is among just 8 Medicaid plans nationwide with an accreditation status of Excellent as of September 12, 2018. This is the highest status bestowed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA.) Health Partners Plans serves more than 278,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through its Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program) plans. Founded more than 30 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is doing it right at HealthPartnersPlans.com, twitter.com/HPPlans and facebook.com/healthpartnersplans.
Monet T. Irving
Director, Corporate Communications