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Newsletter June 2022

Dental Spotlight Edition!

Thank you to our incredible Dental Manager Savannah Snider!  She has volunteered at the clinic since January of 2020 and was hired as the clinic's Dental Manager in January 2022. She has helped us maximize our volunteers to achieve a zero waiting list for new dental patients!  Of  course we are always needing more volunteer dentists that can help our patients that need fillings. 

Savannah has helped us facilitate more than 140 dental visits in the month of May!  She has also taught all dentists and dental assistants how to use the clinic's new EMR program, Athena.  Additionally, she taught our dental assistants how to "scribe" for their dentists.  We will be losing Savannah to FSU PA School at the end of the month--but we wish her well as she takes her next educational steps.  A true leader, she also helped identify, recruit, and train Mr. Chris Stevens, who will be replacing Savannah starting in July. (A special big thanks to Olive Baptist Church for their dedicated funding for this position in the clinc)



Volunteer "Rock Star" of the Month--in her own words:



Carol Brownell




I joined the clinic after my niece and her husband went to the 2021 Christmas at the Clinic Gala. My niece is a speech pathologist and thought that this would be the perfect volunteer opportunity and fit for me, as I was looking for more ways to be involved in the community. I grew up in a family that values community service, and I watched my own mother play an active role in the community. I am involved with several other local projects and am now overjoyed to be a part of the Health and Hope Clinic.


I technically consider myself a floater at the clinic.  I desire to help wherever I am needed. I recently finished volunteering at the clinic’s front desk, and I have just started my journey in the Case Work Department. After retiring as the Human Resources Manager with Baptist Health Care, I wanted to continue helping people. My work at the clinic is meaningful to me because I am able to help those that truly need the assistance and resources, providing a sense of hope to our patients through the process.



I have learned that we have not even begun to scratch the surface of the numbers of people in our community who need help and are unable to receive it. Yet, when they hear about Health & Hope, they are able to finally receive this much needed services and essential resources that they would otherwise not have access to.



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My favorite memories reside around the hearts and very core of the people that work here. I truly look forward to my weekly volunteer shifts and enjoy working with all of the volunteers!


I enjoy seeing the willingness of the volunteer team at this clinic to help onboard and train new volunteers. Veteran volunteers are always teaching new volunteers, such as myself, with great patience and enthusiasm. This clinic is also a wonderful teaching facility, and I love seeing volunteers teaching other volunteers and medical providers teaching students on a daily basis.



Golfing is my number one hobby and my favorite sport, and I am an avid golfer. I also complete jigsaw puzzles in my free time, something that has been passed along within my family. I believe that these puzzles are beneficial for cognitive stimulation, and I am always up for a challenge so the tougher the puzzle, the better! 

Mission Moment Spotlight:

Melanie Got Her Smile Back!

Melanie is one of our wonderful patients that we take care of at the Health and Hope Clinic.  Recently she sent us a card and made us some beautiful vases that spell out the word HOPE as a way of showing her gratitude for all the dental work we have helped her with.  In her thank you card, she states "You made me smile again!"

Demographics in May 2022: 243 female, 186 male, 103 were between the ages of 19-35 years old, 191 were between the ages of 36-54, 135 were between the ages of 55-69.


57% of patients in May of 2022 were female, 43% were male. The following racial and patient demographics were self-reported to our staff in May, 2022:


Veteran-7, Homeless-16, Escambia County Resident-245, Santa Rosa County Resident- 24, Black/African- American-101, Asian-5, American Indian/

Alaska Native-4, Native Hawaiin/Pacific Islander-2, Arab-1, Iranian-1, White-259, Hispanic-40, Patient declined to identify-17,




Who does the Health & Hope Clinic Serve?



Your Health & Hope Clinic serves the uninsured and underserved in our region. The clinic, prior to the pandemic, saw mostly people that worked but had income that did not exceed 200% above Federal poverty level. In the last two years since COVID, we are seeing more and more zero income patients, homeless population, incarcerated, or that are in a drug rehab program. We provide our patients' healthcare and dental care, along with all our other wrap-around services like optometry, dermatology, mental health counseling, women's services, health education, tobacco free classes, etc. In August 2020 we were already seeing double the amount of patients from the previous year due largely to the pandemic. In May of 2022--the growth continues.   We provided 963 patient visits, enrolled 58 new patients, and recertified 33 existing patients.

SAVE THE DATE!  Christmas at the Clinic Gala, will be held on Tuesday, November 29th 2022--please save the date and join us. If you are able--please consider sponsorship. Learn more about the event and how you can plug in to assist and support our efforts, below

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6:00–8:30 p.m.


Pensacola Country Club


-Silent Auction

-Live Auction

-Heavy Hors D'oeuvres

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How Your Clinic Continues to Educate and Vaccinate against COVID-19!


In addition to our onsite vaccinations done every day at the clinic for our patients, volunteers, and anyone in the community-we are also continuing to go OUT into the community to vaccinate. We are partnering with various nonprofits, businesses and community organizations to join them remotely in order to educate and administer the COVID-19 Vaccine--including trips this past month to Blue Wahoos Stadium, Parent University, Walk the Talk for Epilepsy, Stay Safe Pensacola, Alfred Wahburn Homeless Center, Westminster Retirement Center and Gallery Night in Downtown Pensacola.


Project VEO (Vaccinate, Educate, and Outreach)--an initiative to combat COVID-19-- launched in the Spring of 2022 and since its inception has led to a total of 408 vaccinations---- and trending upwards!


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We Offer HOPE to our Patients


An important part of what this clinic does is offer HOPE to our patients. In the month of May we engaged with 183 patients through prayer and gospel conversations. A special THANKS to our wonderful Encouragement Team, led by Gary Humrichouser, that additionally gives words of HOPE and prayer with our volunteers every day before our clinic hours begin.


Thank you Donors!

How our donors can give in 2022:

  • Check
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Automatic monthly contributions
  • Individuals and Businesses
  • Churches
  • Christmas at the Clinic
  • Text the word "HOPE" to 850-378-3917
  • Stocks



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Health and Hope Clinic | 1718 E. Olive Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514

850-479-4456  

sbergosh@heathandhopeclinic.org  

https://www.healthandhopeclinic.org/


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