As of January 1, 2014, the SIUE Community Nursing Services carries a new name: the SIUE WE CARE Clinic. The clinic experienced a name change to better reflect its identity as a re source staffed by committed, compassionate primary care providers. A nurse-managed clinic under the SIUE School of Nursing, WE CARE integrates primary clinical care and community outreach to promote the health of diverse populations in the Metro-East St. Louis area. The clinic aims to provide quality, comprehensive care, while offering intensive educational and social experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.
An SIUE nursing clinic has been serving the Metro-East area since 1988, and clients have ranged in age from two years to more than 100 years old. In its earlier years, the clinic provided services at the SIUE building on Broadway in East St. Louis, Ill., and has since relocated to the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. Throughout these years, this nurse managed clinic has continued to provide care to the underserved and vulnerable populations of East St. Louis and surrounding communities.
Today, clinic services include women’s health, men’s health and treatment of stable chronic health conditions. Patients may visit the clinic for health screenings such as lead, hemoglobin/anemia; memory screenings; sexual health screening, treatment, and management; physical examinations; health risk assessments; and DOT physicals and drug screening. Outside the clinic walls, the WE CARE outreach programs offer health screenings, physical examinations, immunizations, and hearing and vision screening.
Education of children in families to increase health literacy is also a prime component of WE CARE. Recently, the clinic has partnered with the Christian Activity Center and SIUE Head Start programs to provide asthma education to parents and staff. The clinic has also worked with the Catholic Charities to offer caregiver training to assist low-income individuals in developing the skills needed to obtain employment as in-home caregivers.