Wellness and prevention education and support, including nutrition, exercise and stress reduction groups and classes, are offered here at the health center and at a number of locations throughout the community. Chronic disease self-management classes are taught by Stanford-model trained staff members and scheduled in six-week blocks several times a year. Clinicians are available to provide teaching and individual consults in key self-management areas (e.g., diabetic foot care).
Vineyard Health Care Access Program
The Access Program provides trained, professional assistance with MassHealth (Medicaid), Medicare, and other affordable insurance application, enrollment and coverage maintenance, at absolutely no cost to patients. Enrollment specialists can also help with other public assistance programs such as food stamps (SNAP) and state unemployment benefit applications. Limited financial assistance with medications and medical transportation costs are also available.
Martha's Vineyard Community Services
MVCS's Island Counseling Center (ICC) provides mental health and substance abuse counseling services for Island Health Care patients, accessible through a simple referral process originating at the health center. ICC counselors and IHC primary care providers regularly communicate to ensure their patients are getting the help they need. The same sliding fee discounts that apply at the health center are offered for ICC services.
Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Island Health Care contracts with the hospital for emergency and inpatient care, lab, x-ray, other diagnostic tests and screenings, dental center services, and a range of specialty care. These services are available at reduced rates to income-eligible patients under MVH’s patient financial assistance policies.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod
IHC refers many of its patients in need of oral health services to the CHC of Cape Cod in Mashpee. We also partner with them on a number of innovation projects, most recently a telehealth grant funded by Neighborhood Health Plan and Partners Healthcare looking at remote home monitoring and reporting capacity as well as video medical interpreting and specialty services such as endocrinology.