The Clinic will assess and treat uninsured people with hypertension and non-insulin dependent diabetes through a model of care that has a four-year history of success in Milwaukee. The Word of Hope Community Chronic Disease Management Clinic will be open each Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Grand Opening event will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at noon at 2677 N. 40th Street. Bishop C.H. McClelland of Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ and Bill Solberg, Director of Community Services for Columbia St. Mary’s, will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A health fair will be held following the event, including hypertension and diabetes screening and risk assessment, cancer risk information and education, a healthy cooking class, and health resource information.
This is the second Community Chronic Disease Management Clinic to be established. The first site opened at the New Life Food Pantry, 205 E. Concordia, in 2006 through funding by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP), a component of the Advancing Healthier Wisconsin endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The New Life Food Pantry location has treated more than 400 patients during the past four years.
The Community Chronic Disease Management Clinic model has been successful in reducing blood pressure levels in 70 percent of enrolled clients by at least 10 mm/hg through health education, weight reduction, medication provision and ongoing health counseling by nurses and nurse practitioners.
The Clinic works in collaboration with Dr. Jim Sanders of Columbia St. Mary’s Family Health Center and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Other partners include the UWM School of Nursing, Sanford Brown Medical Assistant Training, New Life Presbyterian Church, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic. Funding for the Word of Hope clinic site is provided through a new five-year HWPP grant as well as through funding from the Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation.
Other important partners include the Church of God in Christ covenant churches of the Northwest Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. In January 2011, Columbia St. Mary’s and the 44 Church of God in Christ churches of the Jurisdiction entered into a partnership to improve the health of church members and the health of the communities served by the churches.
Church of God in Christ churches will serve as screening and referral sites for the Clinic. As the Community Chronic Disease Management Clinic model expands, other Church of God in Christ churches will serve as expansion sites.