Relocation of Puritas Community Health Center
Funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services allowed NFP to purchase a larger building to house our Puritas Community Health Center. Since November 2015, renovations have been underway to transform the new 6,000 square foot location into a state of the art facility that will offer expanded access to primary care via 12 patient care rooms (7 more than our original Puritas location) and added behavioral health and midwifery services.
Expansion of Women's Health/Midwifery Services
Additional HRSA funding supported the planning and implementation of our women’s health program, including adding another nurse midwife and a doula program manager to our staff. The doula program will provide trained doulas to assist pregnant patients during pregnancy, birth and the early months of parenting.
Summer in the City
At this year’s annual signature fundraising event, we unveiled a new theme – Summer in the City: Hot Time, Cool Cause, which allowed us to introduced our new brand to our donors. Held on August 27, the event honored Denise San Antonio Zeman, former president and chief executive officer of The Saint Luke’s Foundation, for her commitment to supporting and advancing NFP’s mission. Nearly 250 donors, friends, family and employees attended the event, which was held at the Detroit Shoreway Community Health Center and featured dining, live music, a photo booth, stilt walkers and a silent auction.
Recognition of Quality Care
In 2016, all five NFP community health center locations earned Level 3 patient centered medical home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for meeting standards that emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnerships. This recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients, and illustrates that all NFP community health center locations have the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with the right care at the right time.
Growth of Behavioral Health
In 2016, our behavioral health program saw significant growth, increasing by more than 1,200 visits (12.6%) over last year. Behavioral health counseling is offered five days a week at all five NFP community health centers, including evening hours. And psychiatry services are offered at our Ridge Community Health Center for patients in need of more comprehensive treatment. These expanded services allow us to treat all health concerns – mind and body – of existing NFP patients. Because physical health can affect mental health, and mental health concerns can affect physical health, treating both results in significantly improved physical and behavioral health outcomes. At NFP, behavioral health providers work as members of the primary care team, and treat patients of all ages, offering specialized services for children, and for patients suffering from trauma, dealing with substance abuse issues and other challenges.
Hosted by the NFP refugee health services team, this first-time event featured displays created by NFP patients from more than a dozen different cultures including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Nepal, Iraq, Syria, Italy, Dominican Republic and the United States. Representatives shared information about their culture including winter holiday celebrations and food, and provided a traditional dish to share tastings with the more than 50 event attendees.
Women's Health Event
It’s all about you! An evening of health and pampering just for women included a discussion on women’s health entitled “What you need to know now” led by the midwives of NFP. More than 100 women attended this free event that was held at the Near West Theatre, and included mini manicures, chair massages and makeovers, along with take home good bags. Informational tables provided resources about breast health, nutrition, heart health, contraception, stress management and doula services.
Community Ice Skating Event
More than 200 of our neighbors joined us at ‘Winter Wonderland’, a free ice skating event hosted in partnership with Near West Family Network and Halloran Ice Rink. Along with fun on the ice, attendees participated in craft-making and games, and enjoyed yummy refreshments.