On this installment of ST Medical Monday, our guest is Dr. David Kendrick, CEO of the locally based nonprofit, MyHealth Access Network. This network, serving more than 2 million clients throughout Greater Tulsa, works to link health care providers and their patients in a digitally-driven data network aimed at improving the health of patients, reducing inefficiency and waste, and coordinating care more effectively. As Dr. Kendrick tells us today, MyHealth Access Network has recently received a $4.5 million federal grant to establish the Route 66 Accountable Health Community. This far-ranging "community" will soon -- with funds provided by the grant -- enable 14 different "navigators" (i.e., health care advocates / managers / facilitators) in both the OKC and Tulsa areas to help Medicare and Medicaid patients more directly, more immediately, and in more fundamental or basic ways. As Dr. Kendrick recently told KWGS News in this regard: "We hope to uncover the need that exists [among these patients], and then to also provide a program of navigation services to enable [the patients and their] families to get where they need to go.... If they don't have enough food to eat, or transportation, or access to a safe living environment, for example, they're not really going to be able to focus on getting their diabetes under control."