CARE Clinic Offers Services to Community Members Who Need it Most

May 20, 2016
Kayla Hanson
Kayla Hanson

Recent legislation and healthcare reforms have helped many Americans acquire health insurance, but there is still a significant uninsured population.  Those without insurance often wait until their ailments are severe or urgent enough to necessitate treatment in an emergency room.  This is why CARE Clinic provides primary medical, dental, and mental health care to uninsured, low-income residents of Goodhue County.  We serve patients who, before coming to our clinic, had no medical home and rarely receive care.

Last month, CARE Clinic provided primary health care to a family of recent immigrants from rural Guatemala, who arrived with a variety of chronic ailments including back pain, severe allergies, and arthritis. They said that they didn’t have access to a clinic at home, and now in Goodhue County, their options were also limited.  It was hard for me to imagine not being able to go to the doctor or receive preventive care or medications for acute illnesses and chronic conditions like these.  It also struck me that without the CARE Clinic, it’s very possible that this family would not have sought treatment for their ailments and continued to suffer.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA at CARE Clinic I do not directly provide patient care, but I do help patients like these meet their healthcare needs by building capacity of our organization.  I write grants, participate in marketing and outreach activities, support programs, orient volunteers, and improve procedures and systems so that CARE Clinic can better serve our community.

Thanks to Minnesota Campus Compact for sponsoring the College Health Corps, 2014-2015 and all of the donors and volunteers that support CARE Clinic in Red Wing, MN.

-Kayla Hanson, AmeriCorps VISTA, CARE Clinic

Kayla has played a crucial role in supporting the positive impact CARE Clinic is having on the Red Wing community. Thus far in her service year, Kayla has written several grants to fund a new program–bilingual psychotherapy–and has received funding for this program from two grantors totaling $45,000. Currently, there are not any Spanish speaking psychotherapists in Goodhue county. Bringing a bilingual psychotherapist to the area will allow CARE Clinic patients to seek therapeutic support for depression and other mental health concerns in their own language.

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