Patient Profiles

Childhood obesity/juvenile type 2 diabetes

child

Manuel is eleven years old. He is the eldest of three children. His parents, Juan and Isabel, are immigrants and non-native English speakers. Both parents work, and Manuel is responsible for preparing his own lunch and snacks. Often, he chooses meals that are high in carbs and sugar. Additionally, he doesn’t have access to a yard from the family’s apartment and his mother does not allow him to go outside alone. He often spends afternoons in front of the TV. His weight has steadily increased, and his pants are tight in the waist. At gym class he often becomes tired after only a few minutes of play. He’s recently had increased thirst and frequent urination, both signs of Type 2 diabetes, that concern his parents. They do not have a trusted primary care physician and have been considering taking Manuel to an urgent care clinic to get to the bottom of things.


Infant vaccinations

mother and infant

Hayma is 24 and the proud mom to little Denpo, an active 10-month baby boy. She lives in a multi-generational family home, with her husband, in-laws and a great aunt in the suburbs of a city. She does not have a car and depends upon friends to drive to-and-from appointments, which can be difficult as many of her friends work during the day. Additionally, her husband works in a restaurant, does not have health care benefits and there have been financial stresses related to the pandemic’s impact on the hours he works. She knows that Denpo is supposed to go regularly to see a pediatrician but has a distrust of doctors. As such, he has fallen behind on his vaccinations.


Substance use disorder

young woman

Molly is 26 years old and lives in a rural county with only one primary care physician. Six months ago, she had a minimally invasive procedure to remove her two wisdom teeth and was prescribed one month of opioid medication to treat her post-surgical pain. Since then, she has become dependent on opioids, lost her job — and her private health insurance — and is running low on money. Molly just found out she’s five weeks pregnant. She wants to stop using opioids so she can give birth to a healthy baby and be the best mother to her child, but she can’t afford the $10,000 cost of a 30-day, inpatient medication-assisted treatment program. She is stressed out about her situation and has recently found her mind racing, keeping her up at night.

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