Monthly Update
It has become all too common for patients searching for information related to the word "vaccine" to find top results pointing to harmfully inaccurate information about immunization safety, a situation deeply troubling to America's physicians according to the American Medical Association, especially amid alarming new reports regarding measles, tetanus and other vaccine-preventable conditions.  Learn more here. 
Patient Profile
"Rosalina" was one of the first clients seen at the Mental Health Collaborative (MHC). While an anxiety attack initially brought her to the MHC, she came to realize that it was time to unpack trauma going back to her childhood. She was placed with a Spanish-speaking provider trained in EMDR, an evidence-based treatment for healthily accessing and working through traumatic experiences.  
When a medical emergency interrupted Rosalina's care, her therapist agreed to set the time aside for her until she was healthy and able to resume her important work on her mental health. After that brief break, Rosalina continued attending counseling and has now been at the MHC for 15 months.
Many of our clients bring intense trauma histories, and the MHC is proud to offer trauma-informed care from the beginning of the in-take process, which screens for trauma without asking questions that could re-traumatize. During treatment, Casa and MHC providers work together to provide effective ongoing care, no matter what life may throw at our clients.
Volunteer Spotlight
This month we spotlight Tingyu Li and José Salinas-Valdivia, a married couple that volunteer at Casa together. Both of them have been volunteering with us since 2018.
Tingyu Li
Tingyu Li, who is from Beijing, China, and works as a therapist and social worker, volunteers at the MHC, helping with patient intake.
About her work at Casa, she explains, "As a social worker and mental health therapist, I know how hard it is to access mental health services. The MHC provides quality services to populations who are more vulnerable to mental health issues. It is emotional labor, but I feel grateful that they can share their stories with me and allow me to be part of their healing process."
José Salinas-Valdivia 
José Salinas-Valdivia, originally from Arequipa, Peru, is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies at Washington University. He volunteers in the clinic as an interpreter.
José told us that he enjoys interpreting because, "Coming myself from another country, I understand the central role of an interpreter: not only to transfer information between a patient and a provider, but to develop trust and kindness between people of different origins, to bring the best of ourselves to the other."
We are so thankful to both Tingyu and José for their efforts and commitment to Casa! 
Welcome New Providers 

Casa thanks the following provider who has joined our team of medical professionals who care for our patients on a volunteer basis: 
David Katzman, MD
Supporting Casa
We are thankful to Enterprise Holdings Foundation
and The Pott Foundation for their generous grants to Casa de Salud.
You can mail a check to our office at 3200 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, 63103. You can give online through our website .
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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Casa de Salud - Compassionate Path to Wellness 
Welcome Elsy, Larissa, Jack and Teresita

In the last month, we've brought on receptionists Elsy Castellanso and Larissa Marshall,  GUIA Case Manager Teresita Costadoat,  and  Medical Assistant Jack Gallagher.   We are so happy to have them join our team!
Elsy was born and raised in Honduras and has been living in Saint Louis for 15 years. She is happily married and has two children.
Elsy Castellanos 
In her free time, she is a worship dancer at MAPS church. Elsy is excited to be at Casa and to help people like her parents who came to this country for a better life for their families.   
Larissa  was raised in Santiago, Chile and moved to Alabama for college in 2007. After graduating, she worked at Universal Orlando in the costuming department before moving to Bogota, Colombia to do youth mission work.  
Larissa Marshall  
In January, she moved to St. Louis to begin a masters counseling program which begins this fall.  Larissa  lives with her sister, loves animals, and is excited to meet more people and get to know the city better. 
Teresita  was born in Santiago, Chile where she earned her psychology degree. She arrived to the U.S. almost two years ago with her husband. She recently graduated with her MSW from the Brown School at Washington University.
Teresita Costadoat
She  spent some of her practicum hours working  at Kingdom House and St. Francis Community Services, providing care coordination and mental health services.
Teresita is excited to join Casa's GUIA team to continue to work on behalf of the immigrant population and help Casa patients successfully navigate the healthcare system.
Jack is a St. Louis native and recent SLU graduate. He studied biology and Spanish, and plans to apply to medical school soon. His goal is to one day become a primary care physician.
Jack Gallagher
Besides Spanish and medicine, he is interested in running and soccer. 
Friends of Casa          
Join Friends of Casa for another great Talk & Tapas event later this month.  Click here for details. 
And, Friends of Casa's annual Trivia Night is also coming up!
Save The Date: 
Friday, September 13th, 2019
Join us at the Saint Louis University Allied Health Multipurpose Room (3437 Caroline Mall, St. Louis, MO 63104).
Tables: $320 for a table of 8
For signup or questions, email
Provider and Staff Anniversaries
Casa is grateful to the  following medical providers, who celebrate their anniversaries with us this month:
Nancy Avena, PT - 3 years
Vicki Moran, RN - 4 years 
Sister Nancy Murphy, PA - 1 year  
Gary Ratkin, MD - 7 years
Casa is also thankful for its staff and recognizes the following anniversaries:
Uziel Navarro 
  Medical Assistant - 3 years
Lori Lamprich
Development Coordinator - 1 year
Daniela Pedraza
 GUIA Case Manager - 1 year
Letter from the President
Late last month I had the opportunity to speak at the  Students and Teachers as Research Scientists  (STARS) Summer Program on the campus of the University of Missouri - St. Louis. During the six week program, high potential secondary school students and science teachers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects and listen to lectures.
I joined  Dr. Will Ross  and  Professor Bob Hansman  in giving a "Crash Course in Health Disparities." Will and Bob spoke before me, and I was struck by the undercurrent in both of their presentations: very little has changed over time. In fact, Bob showed how some aspects of disparities had essentially not changed in nature from 1876 to 2014 (his most recent statistics).
How can this be? We know the financial costs - the Urban Institute  estimated that from 2009-2018, racial health disparities cost U.S. health insurers $337 billion.
We know the economic development costs - the Altarum Institute and the Kellogg Foundation  found that earnings gaps between whites and minorities resulted in a  $1.9 trillion hit to gross domestic product.
And we know the social costs, most egregiously illustrated by " For the Sake of All" in finding that residents of zip codes separated by only few miles have up to an 18-year difference in life expectancy.
We know all of this. The problem is that  don't choose to take collective action to deal with it.
We can come together when we want to. Exhibit One is the St. Louis Blues. The outpouring of good feeling and celebration and unity among St. Louisans after the Blues won the Stanley Cup was amazing. And like everyone else, I was very happy for us. But our worth as a city or region is not based on how many championships we win. It is based on how well we take care of each other, and to what extent we refuse to allow members of our community to suffer unnecessarily.
How different would things be if we mustered up the same community pride to address disparities as we did because we were given temporary custody of a silver cup? We can - and must - do better.
Jorge Riopedre 
President & CEO, Casa de Salud    

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