The USI-Glenwood Community Health Center, located inside Glenwood Leadership Academy at 901 Sweetser Avenue, opened its doors for service to the community on Monday, January 9.
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“The USI College of Nursing and Health Professions is pleased to establish the first school-based health clinic in Evansville, and to provide primary care services to Glenwood community area residents,” said Nadine Coudret, dean of the College.
Services will include help with acute health problems, chronic disease management, physical examinations, immunizations, well child care, women’s health, men’s health and behavioral health services. The health center is open to students, faculty, and staff of Glenwood Leadership Academy, the Glenwood neighborhood and the community.
The Community Health Center is the result of a desire and planning for the past several years by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation to find a way to work with a community organization to meet the health needs of families in schools; and a five-year $1.2 million grant to the University of Southern Indiana from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Center will be staffed by a certified nurse practitioner, medical assistant, and an outreach and operations manager. USI undergraduate and graduate students in nursing, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, food and nutrition, social work, dental and health administration will participate in delivering services to Community Health Center patients and Glenwood neighborhood residents.
"This partnership is bringing assistance to our children and families in a way that will have long-lasting benefits," said Cathlin Gray, EVSC associate superintendent for family, school, and community partnerships. "The Community Health Center will provide families a safe, familiar place in which to have their health needs addressed. No one does well when they don't feel good - and children are no exception. This Health Center will definitely have a huge impact to benefit our students. We thank all of the partners for coming together to make a difference for this community and look forward to future endeavors."
Gray said this is an important beginning, but also points to future developments. This begins a three-year plan – with the second Center opening at the Culver Family Learning Center next year, and the third center opening at the Juan Diego Center at Nativity Church, the following year. It also marks the beginning of investigation into rolling out similar programs in other EVSC schools.
Sponsors include EVSC, USI, St. Mary's, Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Anthem, MDwise, and MHS.
Photo Credit: USI Photo Services
Malea Wolf, nurse practitioner, listens to Glenwood neighborhood resident Harvey Sallee's heart at the USI-Glenwood Community Health Center.