In 2018, Jennifer Boughton, a social worker at Children’s National Hospital, came up with the idea of starting a diabetes clinic for patients whose immigration status prevented them from qualifying for insurance. The idea came about after undocumented children were arriving in the emergency department with high blood sugar and dangerously elevated ketone levels.
Through donations and the employees, who volunteer their time, Boughton’s idea became a reality. In January of 2019, the diabetes center held its first access clinic. The clinic has been open every three months since then for undocumented children with diabetes.
Flyers for the clinic are sent to local schools and organizations to help recruit patients.
In the first year, the patient volume has quadrupled and the hbA1c levels have decreased for patients who attend.
Read more about the Diabetes Access Clinic here.