Access to Healthcare Improves Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Youth in Foster Care

June 21, 2023

In an era when the importance of comprehensive healthcare is more apparent than ever, the attention has started shifting towards the most vulnerable communities. Amidst this, the role of foster care in providing essential care and improving health outcomes for young individuals who cannot cater to their own needs has taken center stage. According to Child Welfare, there are currently over 391,000 children in the foster care system, emphasizing the magnitude of this issue.

What role does foster care play in the overall healthcare landscape, and how does it contribute to enhanced health outcomes? This core question guides the conversation in the latest episode of the Highway to Health podcast series, hosted by David Kemp.

In this episode, Kemp welcomed Teresa Stivers, the CEO of Walden Family Services, to discuss the intricate dynamics of foster care and the ways it can lead to better healthcare access, experiences, and outcomes for young people. The topics covered in this enlightening conversation include:

  • The essential role of foster care in providing care and resources for young individuals who cannot cater to their own needs
  • The personal journey of Teresa Stivers, her health scare, and the subsequent lifestyle changes
  • A deep dive into Walden Family Services, its vision, mission, and the range of services provided

Teresa Stivers, an expert in the field of foster care services, has led Walden Family Services with a burning passion for the welfare of women and children. Her personal experiences with her own children’s health issues have shaped her approach to caring for foster children, particularly those with special healthcare needs.

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