front-page-thumb2The Health Wagon’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. Our values are inclusiveness, community outreach, collaboration, spirituality and empowerment. Let us tell you The Health Wagon story. Our average patient is 38 years old. Ninety-eight percent of our patients are uninsured. Seventy percent of them have an income of less than $20,000 annually, despite working multiple jobs. This means they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Our patients live in desperately poverty-stricken rural Appalachia, where they can’t afford to go to the doctor but can’t afford not to. The mobility of our health clinic means we are able to fill the gap, whether they are inline at the food bank or at their job, we bring healthcare to them. The Health Wagon is now offering diabetic eye disease screenings.  Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged 25-74 years in the United States. Directed by Dr. Paul Yates, the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) Program was established in September 2011 by the University of Virginia, Department of Ophthalmology.  The mission of the program is to expand patient access to ophthalmic care, increase diabetic retinopathy screening compliance, and save patients from preventable blindness through the early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Since the DRS Program was launched, about 2,000 patents have been screened and over 80 of them were saved from irreversible blindness.


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