Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the mission of the Scituate Health Alliance?
The mission of the Scituate Health Alliance is to create a healthy community through local, affordable, accessible health care. This is accomplished through the Health Access Program for qualified Scituate residents and through other Scituate Health Alliance programs such as community flu clinics, programs for new and expectant families, and nursing services. See the History and Mission page for more details.
- What services are provided by the Health Access Program?
The Health access program is designed to provide low to moderate income Scituate residents with primary medical and dental care. There are other programs such as community flu clinics, programs for new and expectant families, nursing services, and Health Information Services. Check thePrograms page for more information.
- Are there similar programs for non-Scituate residents?
Yes, there is a program which provides similar services to Rhode Island residents called Health Access RI, the website is www.HealthAccessRI.com
- Where is the Scituate Health Alliance and how can I contact you?
We are currently housed at the Scituate Ambulance and Rescue Company building at 1003 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI. Our mailing address is PO Box 88, North Scituate, RI 02857 and our phone number is (401)764-0405. Our Contacts page has information about the board and their contact information.
- What are your hours of operation?
We do not currently have hours of operation, although our phone line is available 24 hours a day to leave messages. A Nurse will check for messages and respond to you. Our plan is to create a health care center that will include evening and weekend hours of operation to meet the needs of the town. We need everyone’s help and support to get this done.
- Who is eligible for the Scituate Health Access Program?
Any Scituate resident of low to moderate income who is uninsured or has insurance that does not cover primary health or dental care is eligible for the Scituate Health Access Program. See the Programs page for details.
- Is there a list of physicians who can provide me with primary care?
Through a partnership with Scituate Health Alliance and Health Access of Rhode Island, Scituate residents participating in the Scituate Health Access Program can choose from a list of 28 physicians in 11 practices across RI. Visit www.HealthAccessRI.com for the complete list.
- Who are the dentists who are providing dental care?
There are currently 2 dentists, Dr. Kobad Malesra, DDS, located at 1370 Cranston Street, Cranston, RI, 02920, (401)946-1010 and Dr. James A. Balukjian, DDS, 26 Hartford Pike, Scituate, RI 02857, (401)934-2666.
- Is this health insurance?
No, this is not health insurance. Primary health care is a medical service that provides treatment when you are sick, prevention when you are well and is associated with the best health possible. If you are uninsured, there are some programs available for which you may qualify. Please check with Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, www.NHPRI.org which covers children and their families.
- What if I need to be hospitalized?
The Scituate Health Access program does not provide coverage for hospitalization at this time. We focus on Primary Care to assist you to stay healthy and avoid hospitalization.
- My parents are older and need some help, what services do you offer?
The Scituate Health Alliance has nurses who can assist your parents by providing home safety assessments, referrals to community agencies, and education about their medications, treatments and other health issues. We are also connected to other service providers in the community, such as the Scituate Senior Center. Many of them are listed on the Links page.
- We are planning to have a baby; do you have any services for new and expectant families?
Yes, we are launching our newest program, Scituate BABIES, which stands for Baby and Breastfeeding Information, Education and Support. Check the Programs and Calendar pages for more information.
- Do you have the flu vaccine?
Each Fall at the start of the flu immunization season, the Scituate Health Alliance will be offering the flu vaccine to all eligible residents of Scituate. Anyone who does not wish to have the flu and is not allergic to eggs or have a medical history of Guillian-Barre syndrome should receive a vaccination. Check on the Programs and Calendar for dates and locations.
- How can I get involved?
The Scituate Health Alliance Board is an all-volunteer board. We hold regular monthly meetings and the community is welcome. We also have opportunities for volunteers to participate in our health fairs, flu clinics and other outreach activities. Please see the Calendar for meeting dates.
- What organizations do you partner with?
The Scituate Health Alliance is partnering with many community organizations including the Scituate Ambulance Corps, the Scituate Lions Club, and the Scituate Rotary Club. The Hope and North Scituate libraries are providing space for health education, as are the Senior Center and the Scituate Early Learning Center. Student nurses from Rhode Island College School of Nursing are also participating in the planning and implementation of some of our events. Through the partnership with the Health Access of RI, we are able to provide Scituate residents with statewide medical services.
- How can I find out about upcoming events?
Please check out our Calendar page for event dates. We also advertise regularly in the Foster Home Journal and the Valley Breeze. The Town of Scituate website has a calendar of events as well. (www.scituateri.org)
- How is the Scituate Health Alliance funded?
The Health Access programs are funded by the Town of Scituate and by Community Block grants, which are renewed every year. The community nursing programs, the Scituate BABIES programs and other outreach and infrastructure are supported by a grant from the Gregson foundation. Private donations also allow us to support Scituate residents. We are seeking additional funds to build the first population based health center in the United States.
- What's the catch?
There is no catch; the Scituate Health Alliance is a community organization of, by and for Scituate residents. We are trying to insure that every Scituate resident has access to primary health and dental care. We are better together!