LaKeitha Strozier was constantly fatigued and in pain — either with a migraine or a backache or pelvic pain. But the 35-year old mother of five never took the time to take care of herself because her priorities lied with taking care of her children. And since LaKeitha didn’t have health coverage, there was little she could do.
LaKeitha recently graduated from the job-readiness training program through New Hope Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia and is now working at the non-profit as an intern, where she assists with general operations and serves as a motivational speaker to inmates at Fulton County Jail.
Kaiser Permanente partners with New Hope to provide subsidized health coverage for individuals and families who don’t have access to health care through its Charitable Health Coverage program. As soon as LaKeitha found out she could get coverage through the program, she took the opportunity to take inventory of her health.
“My doctor ran 17 tests on me,” she recalled.
LaKeitha is now on a journey to good health, and she’s grateful for the opportunity to get the care she needed in order to be a present parent.
“Now I can actually go home and [help with] homework, put dinner on, and talk to my husband,” she said. “Being healthy is a major part of being a good mom, and Kaiser helped with that tremendously.”