Since its inception in 2005, Common Ground Health Clinic (CGHC) has served over 60,000 patients. During the beginning years, the clinic was open to patients seven days a week and 24 hours a day serving walk in appointments only. Over time, the clinic saw the need to transition to a fee-based health center in order to achieve long-term sustainability. In 2013, the clinic saw over 6,200 patient encounters and continues to work on increasing capacity to accommodate the constant demand. Top diagnoses include Hypertension, Diabetes, Depression and Anxiety. Approximately 54% of patients are African American, 30% Hispanic and 33% are uninsured/self-pay (down from 81% in 2010). Patients are primarily comprised of Westbank residents in both the Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CGHC’s health care and outreach staff includes medical practitioners, medical interpreters, as well as various program support staff and volunteers. Collectively, they provide primary and alternative care, and as community engagement opportunities to include the Latino Health Outreach Project (LHOP), weekly women’s wellness program, and numerous community outreach and education programs. There are roughly 18 permanent employees at CGHC.
CGHC’s goal is to work in an anti-racist paradigm, provide quality integrated healthcare, provide quality healthcare education for preventative self-care, and create an environment conducive to patient, staff, and volunteer learning. We will measure the success our clinic makes towards achieving these goals through an increase in the number of patients served at the clinic and those patients served through our outreach/community engagement activities. For more on Common Ground Health Clinic, visit us at www.commongroundclinic.org. – less