Single Working Father Gets Help to Greatly Improve Daughter’s Ability to Learn

Charity’s* father recently became a single parent of his 7-year-old daughter. Because being the sole parent of a little girl was so new to him, Charity’s school nurse thought Healthy Learners would be a great resource. At the time of the referral to Healthy Learners, Charity had multiple health needs and did not have health insurance. Her father had just completed a Medicaid application, but was told it would take at least 45 days to receive coverage. Her father, who works full time, had never had to manage health care for his daughter, so he was not familiar with the processes and did not know who provided care for Charity. He gladly accepted assistance from Healthy Learners.

Charity’s school nurse and teachers thought she should have a medical evaluation because she was struggling to keep up in school. Healthy Learners assisted in establishing a medical home for Charity so she could be evaluated. The physician determined Charity needed medication, which was covered by Healthy Learners. Healthy Learners also provided assistance with an eye exam and paid for glasses. In addition to glasses, Charity had to wear a patch over one eye for several months to correct a weak eye muscle. Healthy Learners also provided transportation to some appointments when Charity’s father could not take time off of work.

After receiving glasses and medication, Charity’s teacher reports that she has made tremendous progress in school in a short period of time. “Charity walked in the day she got her glasses and looked at our classroom like she had never seen it before. It was enough to make me teary-eyed. She is able to read and write so much better. She can focus better and participates more in class, and is more confident in her own abilities. Her reading and writing have grown by two levels and her progress in math is leaps and bounds above where it was.”

*Her name has been changed

(Healthy Learners Greenwood)