Monthly Update
About 3 million refugees have been resettled in the U.S. since Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, which created the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program and the current national standard for the screening and admission of refugees into the country. Here are key facts about refugees entering the United States. 
Patient Profile
Casa de Salud has been working diligently to promote the fact that it is a house of health for all nations, which is one of the reasons we joined with four other organizations to work together under the banner of the New American Alliance.
To that end, we were pleased last month to welcome a number of patients from several Middle Eastern countries. The patients noted that since their arrival to the U.S., they had experienced great difficulty accessing care for their physical and mental health needs due to a lack of health insurance.
These patients were all seen at Casa, with our providers and staff doing their usual excellent job. The patients later reported feeling welcomed and satisfied, and some said they would refer other community members to Casa.   
Volunteer Spotlight
This month our Spotlight shines on one of our Interpreter Interns, Matthew Bennett.

Last month, Matthew celebrated one year of volunteering with Casa. He will graduate from Washington University in May with a B.A in Biology and a minor in Spanish. When asked about his volunteer experience, Matthew had this to say:
Matthew Bennett
"Ever since I learned about Casa de Salud and its mission, I was instantly excited about the opportunity to get involved. Interpreting at Casa has given me a wonderful community of patients, staff members, and providers that I am delighted to work with every time I come in. Now more than ever, it is important to stand with and lift up the communities who need it most. Casa de Salud is an organization that does just that and brings joy to so many people in the process."

Thank you, Matthew, for your upbeat personality, pursuit of excellence and willingness to do whatever tasks are placed in front you .

In March, Friends of Casa, our group of young professionals that comes together to support the work of Casa and to make new work and social connections, had two events.

Claire Schenk, a partner at Thompson Coburn and member of Casa's board of directors, opened her home to host Talk & Tapas, which allows new and potential  members of Friends to get to know the group better.  Casa thanks Barcelona Tapas for providing the food for the event.

Friends also held an event, "Steins for Support," at Urban Chestnut.  A portion of the proceeds from the night were donated to Casa.

If you're interested in joining the group or getting more information, please contact us at

(L-R) SiSi Beltrán, Vicky Washburn, Daniella Soriano, and Cristina Duncan 
Support for Casa
We are very grateful to Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church for awarding Casa a $15,000 grant for general operating support.

Please consider a donation to Casa today. It's easy! You
can click here to make a gift on-line, or you call us at 314-977-1200.

Your generosity makes Casa de Salud the premier resource for affordable and quality care for the foreign-born community in the St. Louis region!
Casa at a Glance

141 Referrals
(1,063 in FY 17)
95 Navigations  
(782 in FY 17)

31 Financial assistance appointments    
(406 in FY 17) 

saved by patients  
($685,545 total in FY 17)

451 Visits
(3,925 in FY 17

353 Unique patients   
(2,881 in FY 17)      
340 Volunteer provider hours
(2,964 total hours for FY 17) 
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Casa de Salud - Compassionate Path to Wellness 
Welcome Christian Murray!

This month Casa welcomes a new GUIA Casa Manager, Christian Murray. He joins us as part of our partnership with DeSales Community Housing Corporation. Christian was born in Illinois, but he spent much of his life living on the eastern side of the U.S. From a young age Christian showed an affinity for education and compassion for others. He also discovered another passion: Spanish!  
Christian Murray   
In awe of the language, Christian focused his studies on Spanish language and culture, graduating in December of 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Language & Literature - Spanish and a Minor in Business Administration. Christian continues to keep up to date on movements in the education field as well as giving back through several different volunteer programs. When not working Christian enjoys swimming, traveling, paintball and other social activities.

"I'm excited to join Casa," Christian said. "I'm looking forward to my role as a community health worker and case manager, and to strengthen our relationship with the DeSales community."
Shannon to Present at Cambio de Colores

GUIA Case Manager Mary Shannon was recently selected to present at the 16th Annual Cambio de Colores Conference entitled "Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times" to be held in St. Louis on June 14-16, 2017.

Mary Shannon  
Mary will be presenting on the topic of "Improving Health Literacy Among Diabetic Hispanic/Latino Patients," and specifically about GUIA's Home Visit Program.

"I'm honored to be presenting on behalf of Casa at the Cambio de Colores conference," Mary said. "I am also eager to learn from other groups helping immigrants acclimate to our region."

The conference engages practitioners, researchers, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that facilitate the integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.
¡Zocaloco! 2017


Our annual gala will feature 14 artisans and vendors as well as music from performers representing a dozen countries, with Cuban cuisine including empanadas, salmon ceviche, and ham & chicken croquets during the reception followed by a dinner of Boliche, black beans and rice, sweet plantains, and chocolate rum cake with dulce de leche whipped cream and vanilla custard.  We hope you can join us on May 6.

Casa thanks the newest sponsors of ¡Zocaloco!


Clark-Fox Family Foundation


Express Scripts


Edward Jones
Lodging Hospitality Management  
Jerry & Sue Schlichter


David Heimburger 
St. Louis Regional Chamber
Andrew Taylor


Home State Health
Hope & Julian Edison

Craig and Nancy Schnuck
Sponsorships and individual tickets are still available. To purchase or for more information, please call 314-977-1200, or email at

Casa thanks the following providers who celebrate their anniversaries with us this month:
Bruce Doxey, MD - 1 Year
Jessica Middleton, RN - 1 Year
Catherine Moore, RN - 1 Year  
Letter from the President
Last month, the House of Representatives scuttled the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which had been put forward as a replacement for the ACA (aka Obamacare).
The bill was seemingly unpopular with everyone and went nowhere.

Some said that the bill could be resurrected if this or that detail were altered. But at the end of the day, the future of access to care, particularly in the form of coverage, rests on a philosophical choice. Robert Hughes, President & CEO of Missouri Foundation for Health, gets it exactly right:
Fundamentally, it is a question of our societal values and how we view health insurance - as part of a broad social compact in which we have a collective responsibility for a basic level of health and well-being for all of us, or as a product that is available to all, but is effectively rationed according to people's ability to pay.

In Missouri, we -- or at least our representatives in Jefferson City -- have chosen the latter, which is why there has not been an expansion of Medicaid despite the substantial evidence that, in addition to covering 267,000 people, it would create jobs and save money.

While insurance, and healthcare in general, continue to be considered commodities to be apportioned by the market, we will never achieve universal coverage, much less access to care for all who need it. No statistics, however compelling, will change that. It will only change when we decide that our neighbors are as important as ourselves.
Jorge Riopedre
President, Casa de Salud

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