Watch "Meet Me Where I Am"
"Meet Me Where I Am" follows Adolphus Nickleberry through his journey at University of Utah Health's Intensive Outpatient Clinic as he rewrites his story with help from compassionate providers. Overcoming the ripples of health disparities and racism that last generations while surviving the loss of his parents and a lifetime of substance abuse, Adolphus looks to the future, relishing time spent with his family. "That's the best love in the world," he says. "It's like a gift given back to me."
"Meet Me Where I Am" is produced by University of Utah Health and directed by award-winning filmmakers Ross Kauffman, André Robert Lee, and Robin Honan.
Meet the Filmmakers
André Robert Lee
André is a filmmaker, keynote speaker, consultant, writer, and educator. He has committed his entire career to building an army of change agents, working with the likes of New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, PBS, HBO, Sundance, Blackhouse, Diana Ross, and Dreamworks. Some of the many projects he has worked on include The Prep School Negro and I’m Not Racist…Am I? He created The Election Effects Project for Paramount TV, the award-winning film Virtually Free, and directed and produced for season eight of This is Life with Lisa Ling. Find out more about André's work.
Ross is the Academy Award-winning director, producer, and cinematographer of Born into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Oscar for Best Documentary. His film E-TEAM (with co-director Katy Chevigny), a documentary about the high-stakes work of four human rights investigators, won the 2014 Sundance Cinematography award. He served as executive producer on the documentary feature In a Dream, which was short-listed for the 2009 Academy Awards, and consulting producer on the Academy Award-nominated Postergirl. Ross is the co-founder and creative director of Fictionless.
Robin Honan is an Academy Award-nominated producer and filmmaker. She co-produced the Oscar-winning documentary Freeheld (2008), as well as the short Born Sweet (2010). Her Oscar-nominated HBO film Mondays At Racine (2013) celebrates a Long Island hair salon that offers free services to women with cancer, helping them restore a sense of beauty following the ravages of chemotherapy. Honan produced the 2009 Sundance Channel feature Living the Legacy, which documents a private school founded by chocolatier Milton Hershey over 100 years ago.
Explore the Intensive Outpatient Clinic
Although narrow in its focus, the Intensive Outpatient Clinic is an example of population health in action. Our main objective is improving health and reducing costs through a "high-touch" model that empowers patients to take control of their own health. We apply population health methods to our care in order to keep patients healthier and out of the hospital - starting with those who utilize the system the most and can be treated more effectively with personalized attentions. The population health perspective allows us to consider health inequality and inequity and what responsibility we, as an academic medical institution, have when it comes to delivering health care to all - not just those who can afford and access it.
Watch the Panel Discussion
As part of Sundance Film Festival 2022, U of U Health convened a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Adolphus, and his care team to discuss how the IOC's innovative approach to community health care helped Adolphus regain his health.
The panel features moderator and executive producer Joe Borgenicht; filmmakers Ross Kauffman, André Robert Lee, and Robin Honan; IOC providers Stacey Bank, MD, medical director of the IOC, and Christina Cackler, LCSW, clinical social worker at IOC; Richard Ferguson, MD, MBA, chief medical officer at Health Choice Utah and founder of non-profit group Black Physicians of Utah; and Patricia Aguayo, MD, MPH, medical director at Huntsman Mental Health Institute's Neurobehavior HOME and Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinics.
Bank discusses the panel and the IOC's work in a Good Notes blog published after the event.