Clinic Clues - September 2018

St. Mary’s Health Clinics provides necessary and accessible health services
to the medically
uninsured and under-served.
From Melissa Gatten - Executive Director

St. Mary’s Health Clinics receives Schulze Family Foundation Grant

St. Mary’s Health Clinics (SMHC) is pleased to receive a $20,000 grant from the Board of Trustees of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. “We are proud to be a 2018 Schulze Family Foundation grant recipient for a third year,” says SMHC executive director Melissa Gatten. “This gift will be used to support the clinics’ mission and operations.”

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, as a way to give back to the community. Among the Foundation’s areas of support are human and social services, education and health and medicine.

SMHC, , working with hundreds of volunteers, provides primary and chronic disease care, outreach and education to low-income, uninsured families and individuals who are not eligible for government programs. It advocates for healthcare as a basic human right, assists low-income people in finding healthcare and conducts health promotion, health screening, health education, and outreach in collaboration with community organizations.

Established in 1992 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, ( ), the organization has a $1.5 million dollar annual operating budget with nearly 100 percent of its funding coming through donations. Donations to support SMHC are gratefully accepted through .
"Mujeres Bellas":
On August 7, St. Mary’s Clinics hosted and coordinated Mujeres Bellas, por dentro y por fuera, which means "Beautiful Women, Inside and Out," at the John A. Johnson School on the east side of St. Paul. Twenty four women, all St. Mary’s patients were in attendance. The event, which is part of our GTCUW program REACH, provided materials and educational information with a focus on self care. In addition, each woman received a gift bag that included a bar of soap, a Spanish meditation CD, and materials on depression and anxiety. Highlights of the event included hair styling and makeup done by two stylists from Moxie on Grand in St. Paul; massages given by Sister Rosalind from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and yoga instruction given by Greenway Yoga in Minneapolis. Staff from Ramsey County Child and Teen Checkup and the St. Paul Public Libraries were also in attendance. Donations of door prizes and food were received from the following businesses:
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Corazon
  • Mother Earth Gardens
  • Primp
  • Spoils of Wear
  • Gypsy Moon
  • Honey and Rye Bakery
  • Velasquez Family Coffee
  • Health Partners
  • St. Paul Chiropractic and Natural Medicine Center
We encourage you to support the businesses that made this event possible!

Thank you to Patty Murray, St. Mary’s volunteer interpreter, who made a custom cake for the event and Brenda Weiss Saavedra, volunteer interpreter, for donating supplies and helped with planning. We were fortunate to have three St. Mary’s volunteers help at the event: Carol Evans, Rebecca Patient, and Nancy Beck, in addition to staff volunteers.
Gratitude and Good Bye:
Good bye and thank you to
Julia McCarthy, Program Operations Manager, ( pictured on the right). Julia will be moving on to a new position in St. Paul. Thank you for all you've done for St. Mary's Health Clinics. You'll be missed!
Good bye and thank you to Sarah Tavarez , Community Health Worker.

Welcome new staff:
Community Health Worker Olivia Jimenez joined the SMHC staff in June in a temporary capacity. Welcome Olivia! (pictured on the left).

Welcome new volunteers:
Sue Larson - Admitting at Shakopee
Mary Ann McFarland - Admitting at St. Matt's

Good bye and thank you to the following volunteers:
  • Mary Beth Heilman - RN at St. Matt's Clinic. Mary Beth began volunteering in 2013 and has donated 182.25 hours of volunteer service to SMHC.
  • Dr. Joe Madigan - Dr. Madigan began volunteering with SMHC in July 2014. He has volunteered 90 hours at Mount Olivet Clinic @ St. Matt's. Thank you Dr. Madigan!
  • Mary Hart - driver for Shakopee clinics. Mary began in 2006 and volunteered 217 hours for SMHC.
  • Julia Weston - Interpreter at Mount Olivet @ St. Matt's, Shakopee & St. Kate's Clinics. Julia has been volunteering since October 2017 and has accumulated 69 volunteer hours.
  • Roberta Bengston - RN at Eastside Clinic. Roberta has been with SMHC since 2015 and has 330 hours of volunteer service.

THANK YOU all for your dedication and service to St. Mary's.
Heading Here Clinic Visit
Sister Mary Madonna Ashton and Sister Anne Elise Tschida visited St. Matt's Clinic on August 15th. Admitting Volunteer Hope S. was recruited as a volunteer by Sister Mary Madonna in 2007 and is still an active volunteer for SMHC.
Thank you all for your support of St. Mary's Health Clinics!
News from the office
St. Matt's Med Cabinet
When you walk into the clinic at St. Matt’s you may notice a huge improvement!
In order to accommodate our new stocked medications, we have reorganized the staff room at St. Matt’s, moved some furniture and cleared out duplicate supplies. There are now two large medicine cabinets to be shared between the Olivet and St. Matt’s clinics. Many thanks to Tina Simmons, Clinic Coordinator, for leading this project!
St. Paul Radiology partnership
SMHC is happy to announce our partnership with St. Paul Radiology and Center for Diagnostic Imaging includes
CT scans, MRI's and injections for our East Side and St. Matt’s patients.
We are very grateful for their
continued support.
From the Outreach Team
Flu Vaccination updates:
Flu vaccination season is here! SMHC in partnership with Fairview Health Services will conduct free flu vaccination clinics in different community sites in October and November. These clinics are open to everybody. Schedules of flu clinics have been sent to clinics regularly. Please pass them on and recommend patients and their families to get vaccinated.
Health Fairs:
This fall, once again, the Mexican Consulate, Ecuadorian Consulate and St. Mary’s Health Clinics are planning and coordinating multiple community health events to celebrate “ Latino Health / “Salud Latina”. These events are a great opportunity to promote health and healthy behaviors and to connect health and wellness agencies with our Latino community.
  • Sunday, October 7 from 12 - 3 PM: Latino Family Health Fair, Mammograms and Free Flu Shots at Assumption Church (305 East 77th Street, Richfield, 55423).
  • Sunday, October 14 from 12 - 3 PM: Latino Family Health Fair and Free Flu Shots at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (401 Concord Street, St. Paul, 55107).
  • Sunday, October 21 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM: Latino Family Health Fair, Mammograms and Free Flu Shots at the Church of the Risen Savior (1501 County Road 42 East, Burnsville, MN 55306)
  • Sunday, October 28 from 12:30 - 2:30 PM: Latino Family Health Fair, Mammograms and Free Flu Shots at Holy Rosary Church (2424 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404)
  • Sunday, November 11 from 12:30 - 3 PM: Latino Family Health Fair and Free Flu Shots at Incarnation-Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Church (3817 Pleasant Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409)
  • Sunday, November 18 from 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM. Latino Family Health Fair and Free Flu Shots at St. Cyril and Methodius Church (1315 2nd St. NE., Minneapolis, MN 55413)
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk:
SMHC, the Consulate of Mexico and Consulate of Ecuador will participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at US Bank Stadium on Saturday October 27 with the team “Pasos Latinos”. You can join our team and walk with us by registering at: or registering in person the day of the event.
Zumba classes:
SMHC, in partnership with Allina, Holy Rosary Church, Assumption Church-Richfield and East Phillips Community Center continues to offer free Zumba classes at:
  •  Assumption Church (305 East St., Richfield, 55423) on Mon, Tues, Fri from 6-7 PM
  • East Phillips Community Center (2399 17th Ave. S. Minneapolis, 55404) on Fridays from 6-7 pm

On Monday July 23 rd, the Consul of Mexico, Gerard Guerrero, participated in the Zumba class and personnel of the Consulate offered their services to the community.
Clinic Reminder
Please take care not to discuss patient information in public spaces: it is a HIPAA violation and our patients are entitled to privacy. Contact respective nursing supervisors with concerns or questions. Thank you!
SMHC will be having a children’s book drive beginning in September. The books will be given to families when they come to clinic.
Please bring gently used books to your clinic or the office. (1890 Randolph Ave. St. Paul 55105: ATTN: Carol)
We are very interested in any Spanish/English titles.
Thank you for your support of our families and children.
Catholic Health Association of the
United States
Please visit the Catholic Health Association of the
United States website for important updates on healthcare concerns.
From Chris Hanson - Volunteer Coordinator
  • Providers: the 4th quarter schedule is complete
  • Admitting volunteers: the 4th quarter schedule will be complete mid September
  • Drivers are needed for the Shakopee Clinic - please contact Tina Simmons at 651-287-7742 with any questions
  • Do you know someone who would like to volunteer at SMHC? Please share our volunteer application form with friends, family and colleagues.
  • THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. Your time and talents are appreciated!
From Katie Fuentes Rivera - Community Health Worker

Katie has been selected to join OHA (Oral Health of America) as an advocate scholar on October 2 nd & 3 rd in Washington D.C. This trip is possible thanks to a scholarship she received from 3M. During her time on the hill she will be working hard to educate our legislators about ways to improve oral health of youth, adults and older adults. Here is a little more information about Advocacy Week.

Each year during our annual Fall for Smiles campaign, we head to Washington, D.C., visiting members of Congress to apprise them on the most current issues in oral health.
This year’s 2018  Advocacy Week  theme, Open Your Mouth: Oral Health is Health!, seeks to empower health advocates to raise awareness of the importance of oral health as a key factor of overall health and wellness. Through collective action we can generate the support needed to urge decision makers to adopt long term policy solutions to improve oral health outcomes for all.

In addition to advocacy opportunities on the Hill, we are hosting a full week of online activities and events in Washington, D.C., which will include our annual Advocacy Week reception. 
As part of the registration, OHA will provide training and assistance, including scheduling your congressional meetings, and attendance to our Legislative Luncheon, as well as the Evening Reception. This year we are offering the opportunity to apply for one of ten (10) scholarships for Advocacy Week. 

Congratulations Katie!
Save the Date!
The History Theater will be presenting Sisters of Peace
The story of the McDonald Sisters, CSJ
March 31 - April 14
Health Care for All Breakfast
Friday, October 12, 7:30-9:00 AM
Examining the MN Governor's race from the lens of Health and Catholic Social Teaching.
Click here for more information.
SMHC - Education Event - November 15, Carondelet Center Dining Room.
Presentation on " Love of God and Dear Neighbor, What does Inclusion
Look Like?” 
More information to come!
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