The Healthcare Journey of Elias A.

Elias A. was experiencing the perfect storm of bad health and lack of access to culturally competent healthcare. The 71-year-old Hispanic man had end-stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure. He also was suffering from undiagnosed depression with social and cultural factors impacting his overall health.

Depression is at work in the workplace

According to an article in mentalhealthamerica.net, clinical depression has become one of America’s most costly illnesses. Left untreated, depression is as expensive as heart disease or AIDS to the US economy, costing over $51 billion in absenteeism from work and lost productivity and $26 billion in direct treatment costs.