Monthly Update
Despite all of the reported negativity regarding immigration, about six-in-ten U.S. adults (58%) say that having an increasing number of people of different races, ethnic groups and nationalities in the U.S. makes the country a better place to live, with only 9% saying it makes the country a worse place to live. Learn more here.
Patient Profile
"Daniel" called Casa regarding an urgent need for his daughter, "Marisa," to see a mental health professional. Daniel was sobbing, explaining that Marisa was feeling suicidal. Our Front Desk Coordinator, Julieta Barrios, convinced Daniel to remain on the line as she called one of Casa's partners at the Mental Health Collaborative, Behavioral Health Response (BHR). While on the call with BHR, Daniel was able to calm down. He was given some advice on assuring that Marisa wouldn't harm herself.
In the meantime, a member of Julieta's team, Xorge Hernandez, made use of BHR's new walk-in hours at the MHC to schedule an appointment right away for Marisa.
Now Marisa continues to receive counseling at the MHC and is also attending psychiatry appointments regularly. As a result of the collaboration between the MHC, the clinic, and BHR, Marisa has significantly improved.  
Congratulations Teresa!
Casa's Lead Nurse, Teresa Murillo Wink, BSN, RN-BC, recently added to her educational accomplishments by completing a certificate in Ambulatory Care Nursing through the American Nurse
Credentialing Center. Ambulatory Care is defined as care provided on an outpatient basis in which the nurse can respond rapidly and treat a high volume of patients.
Teresa Murillo Wink  
To be eligible to take the exam, Teresa had to work as an RN for at least two years and complete 2,000 hours of clinical practice in ambulatory care and/or tele-health. She then completed 30 Continuing Education hours in topics such as lab interpretation and phone triage.
Casa congratulates Teresa on her achievement and appreciates her daily dedication to our patients 
Volunteer Spotlight
This month our Spotlight shines on Lauren Hogan, who has been serving as a Scribe  Intern at Casa since August of 2018. In all, she has contributed more than 107 volunteer hours.
"Volunteers at Casa are a part of the essential team, they're not just sideline players," Lauren said. "We are given a great deal of responsibility in helping the patients access the care they need."
Lauren Hogan 
Lauren's time volunteering has allowed her to utilize her skills to give back to the St. Louis community while gaining valuable experience along the way. Currently, Lauren is working on updating our scribe volunteer resources for future interns.
"Volunteering at Casa de Salud has been an exceptionally rewarding experience for me and I feel lucky to be a part of such a positive movement," Lauren added. 
Supporting Casa

We would like to thank the Centene Charitable Foundation, the Four Leaf Clover Foundation, the Pershing Charitable Trust, and the  Trio Foundation of St. Louis for their generous contributions to Casa de Salud.
Please, consider a donation to Casa today.   You can mail a check to our office at 3200 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, 63103, or you can give on-line
Your generosity makes Casa de Salud the premier resource for affordable and quality care for the foreign-born community in the St. Louis region!
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¬°Zocaloco! Returns
Casa's annual celebration of culture and diversity returns to the Wool Ballroom at Saint Louis University on May 4, 2019. 
We will honor Mark Wrighton with our Visionary Award, celebrating his achievements as Chancellor of Washington University and recognizing his support for an inclusive and multicultural St. Louis. We will also present our Community Champion Award to Risa Zwerling Wrighton for her work on mental health issues, gun violence, and disadvantaged youth, to name but a few of her passions.
There will be more entertainment than ever and, for the first time, a silent auction which will include a trip for two (airfare and lodging) to Puerto Vallarta, M√©xico, courtesy of Anthony Angel.  
Sponsorships are now available (more information here). Single tickets will go on sale on January 21 on our website. And gala auction items will go live for bidding in March; look for more information, including a link to the auction, in this newsletter.
A New Partnership at the MHC
Our Mental Health Collaborative (MHC) has been open for almost a year now, and we're still growing and adding partners all the time.

We have most recently added Mercy Professional Services to the Collaborative, with Sr. Michelle Salois moving her practice into the MHC, where she is also providing training to the students and interns.

Sr. Salois is an authorized field supervisor with several area mental health Master"s programs and has decades of experience working with students, so she was ready to hit the ground running as a new partner. 

She is working with six graduate students,  (including a Spanish speaker and a Mandarin speaker) coming from  Washington University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis' counseling and social work programs. This will help us improve student learning in the context of cross-cultural care best practices, a key component of the MHC's mission.
Sr. Michelle Salois, RN, MSW, LCSW 
Sr. Salois is thrilled about the new partnership.  
"Providing counseling to underserved populations and training for new therapists, including fostering sensitivity to cultural and class issues in therapy, is the mission of Mercy Professional Services. Justice and care for immigrants is a critical concern of the Sisters of  Mercy. So, of course, the welcoming and professional atmosphere, and the services provided by Casa de Salud are a perfect fit."
 Welcome New Providers 

Casa thanks the following provider who has joined our team of medical professionals that care for our patients on a volunteer basis:
Kate Christlieb, PA 
  Provider Anniversaries  

Casa thanks the  following providers who celebrate their anniversaries with us this month:
Dr. Maria Gonzalez-Mayda - 5 years
Dr. Beckey Pew - 5 years
Dr. Jennifer DeLaney - 4 years
Dr. Barbara Lutey - 4 years
Dr. Mark Stroble - 4 years
Maggie Jackson, LCSW - 3 years
Staff Anniversaries

The following Casa employees are celebrating their anniversaries with us this month.

Teresa Murillo Wink, Lead Nurse - 3 years
Letter from the President
The New Year begins, and with it many challenges that carry over from 2018. Among these are the effects of the separation of families at the southern border, the further undermining of the Affordable Care Act, the continued failure of 14 states, including Missouri, to expand Medicaid that has resulted in millions of people remaining unnecessarily uninsured, and the continued scourge of gun violence that last year claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Colleagues of mine working on these and other issues commented on how much last year took out of them, and wondered aloud if we could hope for better things in 2019. I understand. As successful as Casa was over the previous 12 months, we still experienced enormous frustration on too many occasions as we tried to help patients who needed care but could not afford it.
But let us start the year with hope, not cynicism, and remember that it is not our job to win the fight, but only to advance the cause in the hope that it will be won by those who come after us. And if, as the year goes on, we start to feel dispirited or worn down, we can remember the words of Winston Churchill: Success is not permanent. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. 
Jorge Riopedre 
President & CEO, Casa de Salud

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