SIUE We Care Clinic
In order to provide the Greater East St. Louis area with access to quality and affordable healthcare, the East St. Louis Center partners with the SIUE School of Nursing to offer services through the SIUE WE CARE Clinic. A nurse-managed primary care clinic, the WE CARE Clinic provides medical services to hundreds of families each year.
With the assistance of a three-year, $1 million grant awarded to the School of Nursing jointly from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the WE CARE Clinic is collaborating with the Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine as well as the Department of Social Work to expand the services provided. Through this grant, the Clinic has made it possible for patients to access primary healthcare, dental healthcare, pharmacy consultation and medical social work services–all in one visit and under one roof.
“The population we serve has a wide array of healthcare needs and often is unable to access assistance,” said Kim White, PhD, director of the WE CARE Clinic and clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing. “This grant is allowing us the perfect opportunity to meet those needs.”
Medical professionals at the WE CARE Clinic explain that this initiative not only reduces healthcare costs and improves the synergy of information across health disciplines but also provides additional opportunities for student patient care and collaboration across academic disciplines. Similarly, Leah O’Brien, PhD, professor and chair of the SIUE Department of Chemistry, said, “Drake was the first to separate the Orai1 complex into smaller domains so that various active portions of the channel could be identified.”