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Elizabeth Modde and Sam McMillen: 'It's Having People You Care About - and Who Care About You.'

Elizabeth Modde and Sam McMillen: 'It's Having People You Care About - and Who Care About You.'

Sam McMillen and Elizabeth Modde are both medical students at the University of Missouri, and they work with MedZou – a free community health clinic run by medical staff and students.

Sam is currently the Director of Patient Advocacy and Referrals, and he sat down with Elizabeth in May to discuss some of the healthcare struggles their homeless patients face, and how their relationships with patients has changed them.

Carolyn Lewis and Sheila Artis on Self Directed Supports: 'If They Cut Something, that Could be My Job'

Carolyn Lewis and Sheila Artis on Self Directed Supports: 'If They Cut Something, that Could be My Job'

Carolyn Lewis lives in Audrain County, Missouri. She has worked for a man in Audrain County for ten years through the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Self-Directed Supports program.

She spoke with her cousin, Sheila Artis, about some of the struggles she has faced while working with this program – like lack of benefits and raises throughout the years.

The man she works for also received a letter in the mail earlier this month letting them know that, following state budget restrictions, the program’s individual budget allocations had been adjusted to reflect a 2.82 percent budget cut.

Carolyn also spoke about her fears going forward – for herself, her employer and this program - as future Missouri budget cuts loom.

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