Working Well Participant Stories

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Below are a few examples of people currently receiving Working Well interventions. These stories have been de-identified to comply with HIPAA Safe Harbor guidelines.

  1. RobertaRoberta has hypertension, Hepatitis C, depression, and anxiety, which made it difficult for her to hold a job. Before joining Working Well, she was unable to afford her medications. She had poor vision and no teeth. She had received public assistance in the past and could have been a candidate for federal disability benefits if her health had continued to decline. Through Working Well, she was able to get medications, dentures and eyeglasses. With the help of her case manager, she entered a job training program, worked diligently and obtained permanent employment. Roberta is maintaining her health and she continues to work.

  2. JuanJuan was at risk of losing his delivery job. Before joining Working Well, he had poorly controlled diabetes which led to painful foot ulcers that made walking difficult. The Working Well case manager obtained orthopedic shoes for him which allows him to work full time. The case manager also worked with Juan to develop a diabetic diet and individual exercise plan. Juan was also linked to a psychiatrist who prescribed medication for his bi-polar disorder. He recently received a raise for exceptional performance.

  3. JimmyJimmy has severe high blood pressure, is significantly over weight, and was recently admitted for substance abuse treatment. The Working Well case manager worked with Jimmy’s supervisor to make sure he did not get fired from his position at a warehouse due to missed time while in treatment. The case manager also connected him with a psychiatrist who prescribed medication for depression. Through interventions initiated by the case manager, Jimmy is working, has lost a significant amount of weight and is controlling his blood pressure with medication.

  4. RoxanneRoxanne works full time in an administrative support position. She had dangerously high blood pressure and severe anxiety. With the help of her Working Well case manager, Roxanne received anxiety medications for the first time in her life, and has obtained medication to keep her blood pressure under control. She is now maintaining her health and employment, and has a better quality of life since her anxiety has been treated.

  5. JohnJohn has a history of substance abuse and coronary artery disease. His Working Well case manager worked with John to enter a 5 day inpatient drug rehabilitation program and provide him with medications for severe withdrawal symptoms. The case manager also helped John identify a substance abuse support group, which he continues to attend. Upon entering Working Well, John had no teeth. With the help of his case manager, he was able to get a set of dentures. John is maintaining sobriety with the help of a community support group and is currently working at a job that was located with the help of his case manager.

  6. CynthiaCynthia was severely depressed, had no teeth, and difficulty finding a job due to previous legal issues. She was on the verge of having her car repossessed and she could not afford the co-payments for necessary medical care. The Working Well case manager encouraged her to work through the local workforce board, to follow her doctor’s advice, and take her prescribed medications. The case manager also linked Cynthia with dental and vision exams. She has obtained new eyeglasses, and full dentures. Cynthia obtained a job and has been recommended for permanent placement. She looks forward to continuing her independence and employment.

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Last updated October 24, 2011