Algiers, New Orlean
1400 Teche St.
New Orleans, LA
Nine days after Katrina hit, a group of
street medics arrived and began
knocking on doors and asking people
if they needed medical attention.
They had broken through the barricade
that surrounded New Orleans
They were not the Red Cross or FEMA,
just volunteers who came
to offer first aid.
The volunteers became part of a
healthcare movement focused on creating
a sustainable model for free community
the Common Ground Health Clinic.
For the first four months, the
clinic operated out of donated
space at the Masjid Bilal, an
Initially, the clinic was open 7
days a week as a 24-hour first aid
station, hitting a peak of 150
patients seen in one day in
Doctors, nurses, herbalists, body
workers, counselors, pharmacists, ac
upuncturists and physical therapists
came from around the world to volunteer
with the clinic as the First Aid Station
developed into a free-emergency
response health care clinic.
In the first month after the levees
broke, a few volunteers from the
clinic began scouting areas of New
Orleans in order to assess
healthcare needs on the ground.
They quickly realized that among the
many gaps in the public healthcare
was a source of culturally
competent, bilingual healthcare
for Latino residents and day
The Latino Health Outreach Project
(LHOP) was formed and began setting
up mobile clinics where large numbers
of workers were staying.
Today, LHOP organizes health clinics
and projects with and for the Latino
In January 2006, Common Ground
Health Clinic moved to its current
location across the street from the
Clinic started operating four days per
In an old
Clinic hours were staffed by local
doctors, nurses, medical students
and community members.
Until Spring 2007, most of them
The clinic is under Emergency
This allows licensed doctors and
nurses from all states to volunteer
Many health care providers
volunteering at the clinic often state
that their experience reminds them
why they went into the field of
In its first year, the clinic had
recorded over 15,000 visits…
and a strong commitment to the
Algiers neighborhood was created.
Since 2006, the
200 patients per
week and all the
provider visits are
free of charge.
routine primary care, interpretation services,
acupuncture, mental health care,
social work services,
herbal medicine and
After assisting in
the fall of
Vadlamudi, MD, M
PH, became the
Medical Director of
Health Clinic and
Ndep, PhD (c)
In February 2008, the clinic implemented an
electronic medical record (EMR) system that
was donated by Allscripts.
In January 2009, the clinic received
recognition as a Patient Centered Medical
Home from the National Committee for
Quality Assurance (NCQA).
CGHC received NCQA Level III,
which is the highest level of recognition.
It is one of only two clinics in the state of
Louisiana to qualify at this level.
The top three diagnoses seen at the clinic
are hypertension, diabetes and stress
management— all chronic poverty-
Almost all of the patients have no
Many formerly received their care at
Charity Hospital, which still remains
To date, the clinic has recorded
approximately 60,000 patient visits
To date, the clinic has spent
approximately $ 1,200,000
To date, the United States has spent
approximately $ 600,000,000,000
to fund the war in Iraq*
The clinic stands in contrast to the
time crunched, profit-driven, top-down
environment that has become the
standard in the health care industry.
It has become an important part of the
community, and continues to grow….
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CGHC hopes to increase access to high-
quality primary care services, so that New
Orleans residents do not have to depend
on emergency rooms and hospitals for
assistance with chronic diseases.
Continued funding enables the clinic
to focus on preventive services and
health education programs that stress
lifestyle modifications and community
engagement with health issues.
for Survival and
CGHC believes the relationship
with PISAB is directly related to
the success of the clinic.
The Common Ground Health Clinic is a
non-profit organization that provides free
quality health care for the greater New
Orleans community, and develops and
provides programs to address community
health care needs through collaborative
• To deliver quality healthcare services for
free at the point of care.
• To provide quality healthcare education for
• To create an environment conducive to
patient, staff and volunteer learning.
• To provide quality integrative healthcare.
• To work in an anti-racist paradigm.
• St. Thomas Community • People’s Institute for
Health Center Survival and Beyond
• Tulane University • N’R Peace
Community Health Clinic • Craig Cultural Center
at Covenant House • Foundation for the Mid
• Louisiana Public Health South
Institute • Healthcare Information
• REACH-NOLA Management Systems