PRIMO Pros: What benefits do you feel the PRIMO program provides to communities in Missouri.
Dr. Anyanike: I definitely feel that the PRIMO program is important in providing basic primary care to areas where it would otherwise not be available to those who need it. I am currently working at an FQHC within the city but I have patients who drive for miles from surrounding small towns because they do not have access to basic care due to having either no insurance or Medicaid. The number of patients I am seeing in this sitauation is rapidly increasing which is concerning.
PP: How did your participation in PRIMO play a role in where you’re practicing today?
Dr. Anyanike: Again, I am practicing at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Kansas City so it definitely fit under the areas of need available for repayment of my PRIMO loans. It was important to me to be able to still practice within the city if possible so it worked out fine.
PP: What personal value do you get from working with an underserved population?
Dr. Anyanike: It can be difficult and challenging at times, but it makes you feel good when you get good feedback and when patients are grateful for the care they receive.
PP: What kind of relationship do you have with your patients, that you may not get in other settings?
Dr. Anyanike: The patients I see are some of the most complicated and those that are in the most need. Many of them are frustrated because they haven't had a consistent provider to see. I have built some long term relationships with my patients in my time here and they are grateful for that.
PP: What long-term impact do you think programs like PRIMO can have for the underserved population?
Dr. Anyanike: I hope that programs like PRIMO can continue to have a long term impact on both patients and providers. It has already shown that it can provide patients with basic primary care where it otherwise is not available. It would be nice if it could expand as the need is increasing greatly. The money provided through the program definitely allowed me to get to where I am today. I am sure this is the case for many other participants.