Every ethnic and racial group grew between 2015 and 2016, but the number of whites increased at a fraction of the rates of growth for non-white Hispanics, Asians and people who said they are multi-racial, according to the government's annual estimates of population.
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"David" saw a Casa provider for a general check-up back. The physician recommended several routine screening tests for health maintenance, but based on the test results David was connected to GUIA which externally referred him for management of several complex medical conditions beyond Casa's ability to treat within the clinic.
With Casa's help, David received care from specialty teams, but he still kept his Casa physician and the clinic staff up-to-date on his progress. And when conflicting recommendations from different specialists left him feeling overwhelmed and tempted to stop managing his conditions, David reached out to Casa for guidance and reassurance. He was able come up with an action plan that left him feeling more empowered and in control of his health - making it easier for him to adhere to the recommendations from the
David's story illustrates the critical role that holistic, relationship-based care can play in improving patient adherence.
This month our Spotlight shines on one of our medical Interpreters, Dr. Esther Martin.
Dr. Martin has been serving as a medical interpreter since January of 2015, accumulating over 300 hours of service.
Esther Martin, M.D.
Originally from Colombia, South America, Dr. Martin moved to St. Louis after graduating from Medical School. Upon completing her residency and a Nephrology Fellowship, Dr. Martin joined the faculty at Saint Louis University in the Division of Nephrology, achieving the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine. However, due to health issues, she was not able to continue in this demanding field.
"I learned about Casa de Salud from the medical faculty at SLU," Dr. Martin said, "and as a native Spanish speaker familiar with the field of medicine, I felt I could contribute to the services provided by Casa and thus started volunteering as a medical interpreter.
"During my time at Casa de Salud, I have had the opportunity to observe, first hand, that Casa does an outstanding job providing low cost quality health care to the immigrant community in the St. Louis area. I enjoy assisting patients to communicate with their health care providers and to help the volunteer physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physiotherapists. Patients are very grateful for the high quality, comprehensive and friendly, compassionate services provided by Casa, especially because, in many cases, they have been unable to obtain care elsewhere due to lack of medical insurance. They always mention their sense of relief when they finally find a place where they can receive much needed medical attention."
Thank you, Dr. Esther Martin, for your willingness to continue to contribute to patient care in a new capacity. We are grateful for your medical experience, your bilingual capabilities and your desire to serve others. We appreciate you!
Join Friends of Casa!
Friends of Casa is a group of professionals who want to help the region grow and prosper by helping Casa to create access to care for all. Over the last year, the Friends volunteered at health fairs, assisted with our fund raisers, and provided their advice and expertise to Casa leadership.
The group has lots more to do and is looking to expand. If you're interested in connecting with service-focused professionals while helping Casa to fulfill it's mission, we invite you to our next Talk & Tapas, an informal evening dedicated to people who are expressing an interest in joining. If that's you, contact us about the event which takes place on July 26 at 6:00pm in Clayton.
Support for Casa
Please make 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
GUIA PROGRAM - JUNE:
(1,422 in FY 17)
(1,095 in FY 17)
Financial assistance appointments
saved by patients
($1,460,148 total in FY 17)
CLINIC PROGRAM - JUNE:
(5,203 in FY 17)
(3,892 in FY 17)
Volunteer provider hours
(3,873 total hours for FY 17)
Casa Welcomes New Staff Members
There are a lot of new faces at Casa! GUIA brought on two new Case Managers, Matthew Bennett and Dory Finney. In addition, we hired a new Care Coordinator, Emma Lane.
Matthew is a recent graduate of Washington University and is excited to be part of the Casa team. In college, he focused his studies on sociology, biology, and the Spanish language, with a special interest in the overlapping fields of public health and social work. Matthew works hard to stay up-to-date on current events and social movements and spends his free time cooking, running, and learning languages. Matthew can say "hello" in over 100 languages and always loves to learn more.
"From volunteer to intern to GUIA Case Manager, I have always felt at home at Casa de Salud," Matthew says. "I am so very grateful to be a part of a great staff doing the patient advocacy and community health work for which I have developed a passion over the last few years."
Dory, a St. Louis native, graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. After graduation, Dory began working at Casa as a member of the Front Desk staff. After nearly two years, she left to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Galicia, Spain, where she spent nine months teaching English to children in a small village on the Atlantic coast. Dory hopes to pursue a Masters of Public Health. She enjoys traveling, spending time in the outdoors, and listening to live music.
Dory says, "While I was away, I really missed the Casa community. Working for Casa had been extremely rewarding so I'm very excited to return and be a part of the team again!"
Emma is a bilingual Registered Nurse who also holds a BSN from Saint Louis University and a minor in Spanish. She spent her first year after graduation volunteering in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as a caregiver to special needs children. She will be attending SLU in the fall to study for her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health.
"I'm really looking forward to working at Casa, gaining more experience in the public health world, and continuing to use my Spanish. And, hopefully, making a small difference," Emma said."
Casa de Salud welcomes our new staff members as we launch into our next fiscal year and continue our mission of creating access to care.
Kate Koch has been promoted to Vice President in recognition of her outstanding work over the last four years, first as Clinic Manager, then as Associate Director.
"Kate has been instrumental to Casa's success," said Jorge Riopedre, President of Casa de Salud. "Her organizational skills are exceptional, as is her ability to provide strong support to the staff that enables them to work to their full potential. I'm very pleased to recognize Kate's contributions with this promotion."
Congratulations, Kate, and thank you for your service to Casa's team members and the vulnerable populations they assist.
"I am honored to receive this promotion from an organization that is so important to me. I look forward to continuing to support our staff to provide access to both physical health care and expanded mental health care for underserved patients."
Trivia Night 2017 - The Eclipse!
Our 2nd annual trivia night returns on August 26, presented by Friends of Casa.
The event will take place at the Allied Health Building on the medical campus of Saint Louis University. The theme will be "eclipse" in keeping with the August eclipse that will be the first one visible from St. Louis since 1442.
Tables of eight cost $240, with wine and beer included.
Or, buy a VIP experience for $300, which additionally admits you to a pre-trivia presentation by staff from the Saint Louis Science Center about the eclipse. Buy before August 15th and we will send you Science Center eclipse-watching glasses!
Information and ticket purchase at
, or 314-977-1200.
Casa thanks the following provider who celebrates her anniversary with us this month:
Sr. Janet Keim, NP - 6 Years
Letter from the President
June 30 marked the close of Casa's fiscal year, so as we launch into our next twelve months, it's a good time for reflection and for looking forward.
In the next couple of months we will publish our annual report. There will be lots to celebrate, including a record number of patient navigations and outstanding results in helping patients obtain treatment for an affordable price. For those of you who contributed $1,000 or more to Casa, you will soon receive your quarterly Investor Letter, giving you detailed information about our operations and impact. And next month, I hope to have some very good news regarding our Mental Health Collaborative initiative to combat the unavailability of behavioral health services for people who are uninsured.
The landscape of the next twelve months is unclear. The passage of the American Health Care Act would be catastrophic for Missourians, leading to a significant increase in the number of people without the ability to access care. Even if the AHCA (now the BCRA in the Senate version) were not to pass, political inaction on those aspects of the Affordable Care Act that need to be amended would still leave many people uninsured. And of course, the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has taken hold, along with government actions such as the targeting of undocumented people with no criminal record, will continue to take a toll. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine just
released a report
detailing how people who are direct targets of hostility or discrimination suffer negative health effects.
The one thing you can be sure of is that Casa de Salud will continue to work with the many individuals, organizations, and institutions in the region who believe that no one should be denied access to care and that everyone is welcome in St. Louis. Together, we are creating a caring community that benefits all of us through our shared talents and our collective desire to live in peace and prosperity.
President, Casa de Salud