Tour of Common Ground Health Clinic


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Presentation about a free clinic in Algiers New Orleans that was started as a response to the lack of medical care following hurricane Katrina.

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Tour of Common Ground Health Clinic

  1. 1. Common Ground Health Clinic Algiers, New Orleans 1400 Teche St . New Orleans, LA 70114 www. cghc .org
  2. 5. <ul><li>Nine days after Katrina hit, a group of street medics arrived and began knocking on doors and asking people if they needed medical attention. </li></ul>
  3. 6. <ul><li>They had broken through the barricade that surrounded New Orleans </li></ul>
  4. 7. <ul><li>They were not the Red Cross or FEMA, just volunteers who came to offer first aid. </li></ul>
  5. 8. <ul><li>The volunteers became part of a healthcare movement focused on creating a sustainable model for free community health care… </li></ul><ul><li>the Common Ground Health Clinic . </li></ul>
  6. 10. <ul><li>For the first four months, the clinic operated out of donated space at the Masjid Bilal, an Algiers mosque. </li></ul>
  7. 11. <ul><li>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 October 2005. </li></ul>
  8. 13. <ul><li>Doctors, nurses, herbalists, body workers, counselors, pharmacists, acupuncturists 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. </li></ul>
  9. 16. <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  10. 17. <ul><li>They quickly realized that among the many gaps in the public healthcare infrastructure… </li></ul><ul><li>was a source of culturally competent, bilingual healthcare for Latino residents and cleanup workers. </li></ul>
  11. 18. <ul><li>The Latino Health Outreach Project (LHOP) was formed and began setting up mobile clinics where large numbers of workers were staying. </li></ul><ul><li>Today, LHOP runs a mobile clinic one morning per week. </li></ul>
  12. 20. <ul><li>In January 2006, Common Ground Health Clinic moved to its current location across the street from the mosque. </li></ul><ul><li>Clinic started operating four days per week. </li></ul>
  13. 21. <ul><li>In an old corner store in Algiers, a clinic was born…. </li></ul>
  14. 22. <ul><li>Clinic hours are staffed by local doctors, nurses, medical students and community members. </li></ul><ul><li>All of them are volunteers . </li></ul>
  15. 23. In its first year, the clinic had recorded over 15,000 visits… and a strong commitment to the Algiers neighborhood was created.
  16. 24. <ul><li>Today , the </li></ul><ul><li>clinic serves approximately 200 patients per week and all the provider visits are free of charge. </li></ul>
  17. 25. <ul><li>Services include…. </li></ul><ul><li>routine primary care, </li></ul><ul><li>prescription assistance, </li></ul><ul><li>acupuncture, mental health care, </li></ul><ul><li>herbal medicine and </li></ul><ul><li>laboratory services. </li></ul>
  18. 27. <ul><li>The top three diagnoses seen at the clinic are hypertension, diabetes and stress management— all chronic poverty-related conditions. </li></ul>
  19. 29. <ul><li>After volunteering in the fall of 2005, Ravi Vadlamudi, MD, MPH, became the Medical Director of Common Ground Health Clinic. </li></ul>
  20. 30. <ul><li>The clinic is under Emergency Credentialing. </li></ul><ul><li>This allows licensed doctors and nurses from all states to volunteer their services. </li></ul>
  21. 31. <ul><li>Many health care providers volunteering at the clinic often state that their experience reminds them why they went into the field of medicine. </li></ul>
  22. 33. <ul><li>Almost all of the patients have no medical insurance. </li></ul><ul><li>Many formerly received their care at Charity Hospital, which still remains unopened. </li></ul>
  23. 34. <ul><li>To date, the clinic has recorded approximately 20,000 patient visits </li></ul><ul><li>To date, the clinic has spent approximately $ 200,000 </li></ul><ul><li>To date, the United States has spent approximately $ 369,000,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>to fund the war in Iraq* </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul>
  24. 35. <ul><li>The clinic stands in contrast to the </li></ul><ul><li>time crunched, profit-driven, top-down environment that has become the standard in the health care industry. </li></ul>
  25. 36. <ul><li>It has become an important part of the community, and continues to grow…. </li></ul>
  26. 37. Collaborating Organizations <ul><li>St. Thomas Community Health Center </li></ul><ul><li>Daughters of Charity </li></ul><ul><li>Tulane University Community Health Clinic at Covenant House </li></ul><ul><li>St. Charles Community Health Center </li></ul><ul><li>Louisiana Public Health Institute </li></ul><ul><li>People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond </li></ul><ul><li>N’R Peace </li></ul><ul><li>Craig Cultural Center </li></ul><ul><li>Tulane Family and Community Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation for the Mid South </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare Information Management Systems Society </li></ul>
  27. 38. <ul><li>Today … </li></ul><ul><li>the clinic </li></ul><ul><li>needs your support </li></ul>
  28. 39. <ul><li>It 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. </li></ul>
  29. 40. <ul><li>Continued funding enables the clinic to focus on preventative services and health education programs that stress lifestyle modifications and community engagement with health issues. </li></ul>
  30. 41. <ul><li>Donations can be claimed as a tax deduction </li></ul><ul><li>For more information </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>(common ground health </li></ul>
  31. 42. Common Ground Health Clinic Algiers, New Orleans 1400 Teche St . New Orleans, LA 70114 www. cghc .org
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