Statement - George Floyd


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NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center Finds that the COVID-19 Pandemic shows Racial Disparities in Health Care.

Stella Whitney-West, the CEO of NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis, says she sees themes of increased racial disparities reflected in their own clinic. She says, “90 percent of our COVID-19 positive tests have been from communities of color.”

Click here to view the Fox 9 article that explains how the coronavirus pandemic has re-exposed the deep racial disparities in Minnesota when it comes to healthcare.

People’s Center Sees an Increase in Racial Gap in Minnesota’s Health Care System Due to COVID-19.

At the People’s Center Clinics and Services in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, 6% of the 1,980 COVID-19 tests given to white residents have come back positive since April. But among the 2,530 tests offered to African Americans, including those in the sizable East African communities near the clinic, 76% of the COVID-19 tests have come back positive.

Click here to read the StarTribune article where Ann Rogers, CEO of People’s Center, speaks on COVID-19 and how it has “worsened what had been a sense of concern around health care for people of color”.

Minnesota Health Centers Receive HHS Awards to Support Quality Improvement

4 Health Centers – Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Scenic River Health Services, Southside Community Health Services, and Minnesota Community Care – received quality leaders awards. Neighborhood HealthSource received the Access Enhancer and Health Disparities Reducer Awards.

Click here to view the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announcement of over $117 million in quality improvement awards to 1,318 health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia.

Lake Superior Community Health Center to Open New Dental Center in Carlton

Lake Superior Community Health Center opened a new dental center in Carlton, MN on August 4, 2020! LSCHC works to provide affordable dental appointments and procedures for those who may not be able to afford care. This is LSCHC’s fifth location and third dental site, with other locations in Duluth and Superior.

Click here to learn more about their grand opening and affordable care offerings in a time where there is a shortage of available dentistry for people.

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center had Long Anticipated People of Color to be Hit harder by COVID-19 in Twin Cities

According to a StarTribune analysis, in the metro area, areas with a higher share of people of color are more likely to have higher COVID-19 rates, regardless of income. Stella Whitney-West, CEO of Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, speaks on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the demographics they serve.

Click here to learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic will change the lives of the community Northpoint serves in North Minneapolis.

Southside Community Health Services Delivers Food to Patients Unable to Leave Their Homes

While protests in cities and towns across the country have predominantly been peaceful, they have disrupted essential services in Minneapolis. Public transit has been limited and some businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, have temporarily closed.

Click here to learn more about how Southside Community Health Services distributed essentials into the community in a time of need.

Minnesota Community Care Integrates Tele-Health Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Minnesota Community Care offers online visits to achieve health equity among low-income populations. Expanding Zoom accounts and tele-health capabilities allow health care professionals to check on patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, examine their blood levels and adjust medication as necessary.

Click here to learn more information about the implementation of tele-health at Minnesota Community Care.

Southside Community Health Services Risk Losing Hard to Recruit Staff

Southside Community Health Services lost 60% of their revenue due to cancelled dental health visits. Laid off and furloughed health care workers due to COVID-19 has created an ominous future for the Community Health Center.

Click here to learn more information about the many health providers on the brink of insolvency.

People’s Center Clinics & Services Prioritize Safety While Offering Drive-up COVID-19 Testing

People’s Center Clinics & Services offers COVID-19 drive-up testing services to those experiencing symptoms and those who may have been exposed to the virus. People’s Center also offers antibody testing which could indicate possible immunity to the coronavirus.

Click here to learn more information about the elaborate protocols and COVID-19 testing services provided at People’s Center Clinics & Services.

Minnesota Community Care Provides Drive-up COVID-19 Testing

East Side Family Clinic, run by Minnesota Community Care, ramped up their COVID-19 testing site to include drive-up and walk-up appointments. They will continue to test vulnerable populations who have symptoms of COVID-19.

Click here to learn more information about the testing services provided at East Side Family Clinic.

Community Health Centers Fear Extinction Just as Jobless Seek Low-Cost Health Services

With six million jobless claims across America within the first week of COVID-19 stay at home orders, and patients deferring even essential care as a result of the pandemic, Minnesota’s Community Health Centers brace for a perfect storm of increased demand at a time when it’s uncertain if they’ll be able to keep the lights on.

Click here to learn more information about how the Health Centers across Minnesota are being impacted by COVID-19.

Minnesota’s Safety-Net Clinics Visits and Revenue Drop Due to COVID-19.

Karina Forrest-Perkins, CEO at People’s Center Clinic & Services shares an insight on Community Health Centers and highlights the importance of Community Health Centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to learn more information about Minnesota’s safety-net clinics and their efforts to continue to provide care for the uninsured patients in our community.

NACHC recognizes January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

NACHC shares an insight on Community Health Centers and highlights the value of preventative screenings. According to the most recent data available (2018) 1.8 million women received a pap screen at a Community Health Center.

Click here to learn more information about NACHC, women’s health, and the many resources that are available.

National Health Center Week: MN Community Care on KSTP

Watch here as Paige Bowen of Minnesota Community Care promotes National Health Center Week and the important work of community health centers!

Local View in the Duluth News Tribune: Community Health Centers are the Nation’s Safety Nets

National Health Center Week Op-Ed by CEO Dayle Patterson, of Lake Superior Community Health Center

Read it here