Casa Esperanza provides direct services for low- to moderate-income, medically under-served families traveling and staying in Albuquerque for medical treatment. The program provides resident families with lodging support, food and transportation assistance, in-house clinical counseling and referrals to other service agencies and treatment centers. With 28 private rooms, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, and other amenities, our program provides families with a non-clinical “home away from home” where they may interact with other residents facing similar challenges.
We provide lodging for rural families who otherwise would not be able to stay in Albuquerque during treatment. Medical access disparities are a serious impediment to quality patient outcomes, particularly for the rural poor and racial/ethnic minorities. Although patients may receive initial treatment for serious medical conditions in their home communities, many are referred to Albuquerque for specialty care. Rural populations often have difficulty accessing health care due to barriers such as inadequate local services and lack of transportation. Patients may miss appointments or delay treatment. Survival outcomes for these patients are often low. Nationally, and in New Mexico, Native American and Hispanic populations experience significant health disparities compared with non- Hispanic whites, including higher rates of teenage pregnancy, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver/kidney diseases, and certain cancers. Poverty is also a persistent problem for these groups.