Monthly Update
There were a record 42.2 million immigrants living in the U.S. in 2014, making up 13.2% of the nation's population. This represents a fourfold increase since 1960, when only 9.7 million immigrants lived in the U.S., accounting for just 5.4% of the total U.S. population.
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CLAM at Casa
Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM) has joined the partnership first created between Casa and the Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) to provide pro bono legal services to patients who could otherwise not afford an attorney.

CLAM is a part of St. Francis Community Services, an organization that assists vulnerable individuals in St. Louis and surrounding areas through a wide range of services such as case management, legal aid, bilingual counseling, youth programs, housing assistance, and social support groups.

"We are very excited to begin this collaborative effort with Casa de Salud and JCRC," said Amy Diemer, Managing Attorney for CLAM. "When our clients get their legal and medical needs met, they can begin to concentrate on other important areas in their life, like family and work, which will open opportunities to help them move beyond poverty and into a better life."  
The program began two years ago, spearheaded by the JCRC.  Last year, it received the Richard. B. Teitelman Distinguished Service Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which also collaborates with the program.
Casa and DeSales
Launch New Partnership
Casa is very happy to announce that a partnership has been struck with DeSales Community Housing Corporation that will provide the resources for a new GUIA case manager who will focus on the geographic area of Tower Grove East/Fox Park.

"We are very happy to have an opportunity to work with DeSales on this endeavor," said Casa's President, Jorge Riopedre. "It's fantastic when two organizations can combine forces to jointly assist an underserved population." 

"Our organization develops and manages housing," said DeSales Executive Director Tom Pickel.  "We want our residents to have access to good health care and nutrition information, but that is hardly our area of expertise.  That is why we are so grateful to be able to partner with a respected organization like Casa de Salud."

Anna Frye was hired to fill this new role and will be managing up to 30 patients.

  Anna Frye   
"This position has fueled my passion for social justice and community empowerment," Anna said. "I am excited to bring such a valuable program to the neighborhood that DeSales serves and help others improve their health."

Casa thanks DeSales Community Housing Corporation for its partnership and looks forward to working with them to create access to care. "
Volunteer Spotlight
Genie Rizzo has interpreted for patients at Casa de Salud for the last four years, primarily during OB-GYN appointments. She is currently a senior at Saint Louis University and will be moving on to Emory University in the fall for her Graduate Work in Public Health with a specialization in maternal and child health.    
   Genie Rizzo       

Genie says her time at Casa has been a life-changing experience. "I have found my passion for public health through getting to serve as a patient interpreter, and I am so grateful for all of the patients, providers, and volunteers I have gotten to know during my time here.  Casa's mission truly fosters a clinic environment committed to the pursuit of social justice in healthcare, and I am so thankful for the opportunities that Casa has given me." 

Everyone at Casa de Salud wishes Genie all the best in her post-graduate education and her career, where we're sure she will make a difference in the lives of many women and children. Thank you Genie for your dedication!
The Eyes Have It
Casa has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL), which on a monthly basis has brought its mobile eye center to our clinic to provide optometric care to our patients. We are thrilled that over the next three months, UMSL will provide four additional visits. That represents a huge benefit to the many patients who use this service.

"We are very pleased to work with Casa de Salud in an effort to expand access to eye and vision care," said Dr. Vinita Henry, Director of Clinical Operations for the UMSL College of Optometry. "Our ongoing collaboration has enabled UMSL College of Optometry to continue to have a positive impact on the greater St Louis community's vision."

We are also indebted to Dr.
Kenneth R. Mares, the director of UMSL's STARS Program, for personally donating the funds to make these extra visits possible. It is collaborations like this one with UMSL and the generosity of people like Dr. Mares that make Casa's work possible.  
New Website Launches!
Casa de Salud has a brand new website that we hope you'll agree is much more user friendly and informative. Let us know what you think so we can make additional improvements.

Casa thanks Equifax for designing the site, and Forty Seven Studios for developing the design into a live site. 
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Partner Spotlight:
SSM Health

SSM Health has been a tremendous partner for Casa, particularly in the area of breast cancer screenings, education, and diagnostic services.
On average, SSM Health accepts 15-20 breast care referrals from Casa each month, providing mammograms free of charge and helping the women access additional care when needed.
The main point of contact for Casa is Karen Schapp, RN, MSN. She is the Clinical Coordinator for the Komen & Show Me Healthy Women Grant Programs.
                            Karen Schapp    
"These women put themselves last," Karen said. "Their husbands, their kids, they always come first. We remind them that they themselves are important and they need to take care of themselves. As a nurse, for me it's a privilege to be able to help these women."
SSM Health is able to provide their services at no cost to the patients because of generous funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Show Me Healthy Women Program. Karen was thrilled that Komen recently announced a renewal of its grant to SSM, the 15th year that the Foundation has awarded funding to them. She was also very happy with the collaboration with Casa.
"What a terrific organization Casa is for women in need. SSM is glad to partner with you," Karen added.
The feeling is mutual! We thank SSM Health for its partnership and celebrate the incredible work they are doing for women throughout the region.
Welcome Becky!

We are very pleased to welcome our newest GUIA Case Manager, Rebecca Lograsso.

Becky has been involved with Casa since 2013, serving as a volunteer interpreter where she "loved helping break down the communication barrier so that patients could get the healthcare that they needed."
Rebecca Lograsso   
Becky jumped at the chance to rejoin Casa in this new capacity because of her commitment to Casa's mission. "I am so excited to be a part of the GUIA team," Becky said.  "The GUIA program provides the consistent kind of care that all people deserve, and I am happy to help deliver that for anyone who walks through the doors."

Becky adds another level of excellence to our GUIA Program, which continues to work with partners throughout the region to create access to care for underserved communities. We're very happy to have Becky join the Casa team and bring her skills to the service of our patients.
Friends of Casa: Trivia Night 

The first annual Friends of Casa Trivia Night
was a grand success!  More than 200 people were on hand to have fun last month while supporting Casa de Salud.  
Hats off to the St. Louis Mosaic Project for "Most Spirit!"

And congratulations to our Trivia Champions, the team representing the International Institute of St. Louis!

We raised over $8,500 for our clinic operations thanks to the generosity of so many people and organizations.  We extend a special appreciation to our sponsors.

Finally, thanks to Michael Schwalbert and
Jessica Mendez-Schwalbert who won the raffle contest and donated the cash prize back to Casa. 


Please join us for the next Talk & Tapas on May 16th from 6-8 pm at the home of Casa's Founder, Bob Fox.  If you'd like to attend, RSVP to, or call 314-977-1200.

Medical Provider Anniversaries 
Our volunteer medical providers are the cornerstone of our mission .  We are delighted to celebrate the volunteer anniversaries of the following talented and dedicated professionals:
Donald Blum, MD -- 4 years
Mary Christman, PT -- 4 years
Jack Kelly, MD -- 4 years
Gerald Medoff, MD -- 2 years
David Montani, MD -- 2 years
Vicki Moran, RN  --  1 year 


Casa welcomes Bruce Doxey, MD (Internal Medicine) to our volunteer medical staff:
Any medical provider interested in volunteering at Casa can contact Kate Koch at
Support for Casa

We are very happy to announce that Mid-America Transplant Foundation has awarded Casa a $75,000 grant for the GUIA Program, with a specific focus on the home visits component.
We also thank the Pfizer Foundation for its gift of $2,000 for Casa's general operations. 
Your generosity makes Casa de Salud the premier resource for affordable and quality care for the foreign-born community in the St. Louis region! 
Letter from the President
May is the most diminutively named month, and yet it is the time when spring bursts forth, and it is the harbinger of the summer. It reminded me that small things matter.

This can be hard to appreciate because we live in the age of Big: companies that are too big to fail, ideas that have to be scaled. And in such a time, it's difficult to remember that not only does the small matter, it can have quite an impact.

In the face the seemingly intractable problems, especially around access to care for the poor and dealing with the social determinants of health, it's easy to forget that something as straightforward as taking the time to listen to a patient and treating them with compassion actually makes a difference. At Casa, we've seen how a smile from our receptionist can positively affect a medical appointment, not to mention the effort our medical providers make to put patients at ease.

In the larger healthcare Safety Net, I've seen Dwayne Butler, CEO of People's Health Centers, go through his facility and say hello to everyone waiting to be seen. And Elaine Ottenlips at SLU Cancer Center, personally greeting at the entrance of the clinic the patients scheduled for their mammograms.
Yes, these are small things, and we shouldn't expect them to yield dramatic results. After all, a hurricane doesn't occur every time a butterfly flutters its wings. But that doesn't mean we aren't having any effect. And if you put enough small things together, you could be surprised by a mighty breeze starting to blow.

Jorge Riopedre

President, Casa de Salud

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