November 2020
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This month, we spotlight Carol Marshall, who says the decision to volunteer at Casa de Salud was the, “Easiest choice in the world.” She taught Spanish and literature for 42 years at both a high school and college level, and developed an interest in migration, and border studies while living and working in South Texas. 

When Carol isn’t interpreting at Casa, she accompanies migrants to government required check-ins through the Accompaniment Program at St. Louis Interfaith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA) and helps refugees fill out asylum applications. Carol also enjoys sewing, playing the piano, and recently learning guitar. She is also a vegetarian and cooking enthusiast.

We could not be more grateful for the many hours of interpreting that Carol has generously given Casa in the past 5 years. Carol has helped countless patients and providers communicate with one another and take control of their health outcomes.

"Janet" had not been to Casa for services since 2015, but when things took a turn for the worse in her life she reached out for help.

Due to domestic violence, Janet had to take her children and leave her husband. This happened in March 2020, right as the CoVID-19 pandemic began. Understandably, she presented with strong symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Her biggest restriction was her schedule-- she worked late almost every night to support her family. Given the seriousness of her situation and her schedule, she was matched with a very experienced therapist, who also offers evening sessions.

All the chaos of moving, working, and the pandemic led Janet to miss a number of appointments, but Casa and her therapist patiently worked with her to identify and address barriers to care related to work, technology, and organization. Without Casa's strong focus on access to care, this client could easily have slipped through the cracks.

At her discharge assessment this month, Janet's symptoms were minimal and she said that "she feels good, [and] has direction and interest in life." Finally, she appreciated the personal touch of her care and that she was given "a second chance" when all this chaos made it hard for her to attend. Casa is committed to meetings clients where they are and patiently facilitating access to care.

We are grateful to AT&T and so many others for their generous donations to Casa de Salud this month.

If you would like to donoate, you can mail a check to our office at: 3200 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, 63103. Or, 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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Join Friends of Casa for the second installment of our Speaker's Series, featuring Casa Board Member, Dr. Christine Jacobs.

Dr. Jacobs is a professor and the chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Louis University. She is also a practicing physcian in Family Medicine and Geriatrics for SLUCare. 

She will be speaking on how to start healthy in 2021, while continuing to navigate the COVID pandemic. Click here for additional i
nformation and to reserve your spot.

Happy Anniversary

Casa is grateful to the following medical providers, who celebrate their anniversaries with us this month:

Chezna Warner, PA - 8 years
Ken Zehnder, MD - 6 years
Kenneth Smith, MD - 3 years

Casa is also thankful for its staff and recognizes the following anniversaries: 

Melissa Forrester, Volunteer Coordinator - 1 year

Letter from the President

As we approach Thanksgiving I would like to share my gratitude. As an immigrant family, we quickly 'adopted' thanksgiving as one of our favorite holidays because it is an occasion for us to reflect on the opportunities we were afforded after coming to the U.S.

Since arriving at Casa, in late January, I have had the opportunity to work with an amazing team of staff and volunteers. Together, we pivoted our services to respond to the pandemic, while supporting each other through what is sure to be the hardest time of our generation. I am very thankful for the hard work, dedication, and compassion with which we approach our work.    

Designing and implementing a COVID-19 sensitive service delivery model for a small non-profit is no minor task. We could not have done this without the steadfast support of our Board of Directors. The expertise, experience, and thoughtfulness of our Operations Committee has been particularly helpful. This group has been instrumental in guiding our efforts to keep staff, volunteers, and patients safe while continuing to provide access to care to those most in need in our community.

Finally, our institutional funders and contributors and individual donors and supporters are stepping up to help us not only continue, but expand our services. You recognize the urgency of the short term needs while also understanding that ending the novel coronavirus pandemic is only the first step in healing our community. 

The fruits of this collaboration are many. In February of 2020 -our last full pre-pandemic month of service- Casa provided 463 in-person appointments. In June we were down to 164, all tele-health appointments. This October, utilizing a combination of audio, audio-visual, and in-person, we served more than 320 patients. The Mental Health Collaborative actually saw record service delivery and in October scheduled its one thousandth appointment.

Our Guides for Understanding Information and Access (GUIAs) have joined a state-wide effort to broaden the counseling and support we provide. Through this initiative we have provided COVID-19 response counseling to more than 590 individuals. We've also offered two COVID-19 drive through testing clinics and two flu vaccination clinics. We plan to do at least one more of each before the end of the year. 

There may still be some trying times ahead, but I am confident that our village will endure and that 2021 will be a year of healing. In this season of giving thanks I am filled with gratitude for all those who have helped us create access to high quality behavioral and clinical health care to our region’s immigrants. I look forward to continuing the work of building a more inclusive and thriving community.

Diego Abente
President & CEO

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