AUSTIN -The Rosy Health Care Foundation targets the needs of the some of the most destitute of populations, the elderly and minorities facing economic difficulties, the majority of which are women. RHCF approaches each demographic in distinct ways, understanding that this kind of care is a family affair. Normally, when a patient is homebound due to progressed cancer or heart disease, she is the focus. The health care aid, whether it is a spouse, sibling, child or neighbor is dealing with immense stress, mostly related to limitations in time, resources and skills. They face these challenges without relief all while being there for a love one.
Provisions like this on not made by insurance companies. RHCF’s first objective is to bring care, training and support of the community to the home of the patient and provider. Our efforts are very grass-roots and customized to each patient, but very simply we are connecting the community at large with individual care-givers, as well as providing the needed medical training to help.
Rosy Health Care Foundation is especially attentive to the growing population of uninsured Hispanics emigrating for the United States seeking work and citizenship. This increasing population is disproportionate to the shrinking benefit packages offered by employers and fewer full-time jobs. Low-income Hispanic families are much more likely to be without health insurance than other Americans.
A study by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York based policy research organization found that 65 percent of Hispanic adults living on less than $28,000 per year were without insurance for all or part of the year. That compares with 49 percent for low-income African Americans and 48 percent for whites. The study explains also how Hispanics enrollment in Medicaid fluctuates with their fortunes, leaving some without insurance for part of the year, making “it difficult for low-income Hispanics to seek preventative medicine such as mammogram’s and dental exams or keep a regular doctor.” The foundation has built in initiatives to serve this population, whose female contingent are especially susceptible to diabetes, HIV infection and heart disease.
An economist interested in deconstructing the abstract relationship between healthcare costs and reaching the people and a long-term health care provider and educator, Sunny and Rosy are qualified with decades of experience assisting the African American and Hispanic community, the majority of their clientele. They are eager to continue cultivating prevention methods in the community with some simple achievable tactics.
NIGERIA – Austin to Africa, a program operating under the Rosy Health Care Foundation, came about as a means to connect pharmaceutical and medical supplies in the United States with African nations wrought with the AIDS epidemic. Started essentially under the sole leadership of Sunday “Sunny” Uzuh and his wife Rosy, the mission of the Rosy Health Care Foundation is founded on the principles of promoting prevention through access to education, training and ministry. Our vision is to facilitate a process that helps the elderly, frail and poor on a local and global level.
Uzuh’s personal stake in attending to the most basic health needs of Nigerian residents stems from his role as a native son, who ventured to the United States where he instantly learned the pertinent relationship between a democratic system and egalitarian healthcare. It was upon that revelation, Uzuh was incited to begin the construction of a community health facility in Igbodo, Ika North East LGA – Delta State, Nigeria, his hometown, a project in full-fruition now. The facility will host a variety of services for residents of this region of Nigeria. Supported partially by the local government in Igbodo and mostly by the Rosy Health Care Foundation, this clinic will provide basic health provisions, an urgent matter even in such an oil-rich economy. But, a clinic is useless without supplies, medicines and other patient provisions as simple as bandages.
The AIDs crisis aside, Nigerian residents are lacking even the most basic first aid provisions. Nigeria’s health situation existed in crisis for what have been too many years. But, what happens when aid is sent auspiciously to Nigeria? Often, funds or supplies are caught at illegal filters, corrupt agencies or stolen by those wanting to capitalize on their black market value. It is essential for any aid gathered for Nigerian residents are brought personally, through an unadulterated intermediary from the United States with a vision in mind.
Uzuh’s intentions are tandem to the efforts he makes in Austin to provide low cost healthcare for the elderly, indigent and minorities caught in an ailing economy. Through the Rosy Health Care Foundation, he has started scholarships for people in the community interested in beginning careers as emergency medical trainees, CPR training stipends to encourage family members and friends of the ill to gain this sort of expertise and family health fairs aimed towards the Hispanic community in Austin, one of the least insured populations in Texas. His goal is to be the human link between needs in Nigeria, a country with immense potential to succeed and Austin’s innumerable resources.