The Malta House clinic, run by the Western Association of the Order of Malta, serves around 3,300 uninsured patients providing basic health care as 14% of 7 million residents are uninsured.
Edgardo is one of our 300+ diabetic patients. He came to MHC because he had a job but had lost his insurance coverage. He’d been to the Emergency Room twice…but they could not fill the role as his medical home. That’s why he came to us. He had nowhere else to turn.
His story is just one representing the lives of our patients. Over 30,000 patient visits provided over the past seven years positively impacting the lives of thousands of unserved individuals, and their families and communities. When they come to us they are very sick. Many have not yet been diagnosed and are frightened by the symptoms they present.
They come to us and find a true medical home where they are provided with ongoing care for a variety of chronic illnesses. And importantly, they are treated with dignity and respect.
Sophia is a Malta patient from Africa. She is suffering from Type II diabetes and is struggling to change her lifestyle to improve her health. Many of our patients do not know how sick they are and do not have the knowledge or tools to make changes that will positively impact their conditions.
We encourage patients to regularly attend specially designed programs on diabetes control, provided to them at no cost to the patient. Sophia is one of 13 diabetic patients who are participating in the current “Live Well” Diabetes Program a workshop series designed by Stamford University and administered by Malta staff and volunteer program leaders in partnership with the CT State Department on Aging. Malta patients meet once a week, as a group, for a six week period to learn ways to manage their diabetes. The program is built on tested and proven methods to evoke an environment of sharing and caring – while learning meaningful and replicable techniques which promote changes in diet and lifestyle.