|Hello MN Community Care Partners and Friends- Our reality in the midst of a global pandemic is changing every day, but what is not changing is Minnesota Community Care’s commitment to provide health care for all: a critical mission in this time of global health crisis.
As a primary care system with a 50-year history serving the needs of the unsheltered, uninsured, and historically underserved, we are well-positioned to step in and provide needed access and care to those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. We are working closely with our local and state agencies, and assuring that our delivery of services is aligned with guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). We are a key partner of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, State of Minnesota, and Ramsey County, but we still need your help.
This week we are planning for a transition of our sites, services, and programs in response to the current status of COVID-19 in Minnesota. On Monday, March 30 we will formally begin changes to our operations. In this next phase of our COVID-19 response:
We are making operational changes in light of government and global health guidance, and with long-term financial sustainability of our organization and its mission guiding our decisions. We are in deep gratitude for all of you for your support on this journey. We do not know what tomorrow will bring, but we do know that we will be there to respond and protect the health and best interests of the communities we serve.
- La Clinica (153 Cesar Chavez St, 55107) will remain open to provide in-person essential services, pediatric and perinatal well-care, telehealth (medical, substance use, behavioral health), and drive-up pharmacy and lab services.
- East Side Clinic (895 E. 7th St, 55106) will remain open for acute care, mail-order pharmacy, and emergent dental care. Pending funding through MDH’s Short-Term Emergency Funding and Response Grants and availability of supplies, we plan to proactively transition our East Side Clinic into a COVID-19 testing site.
- Health Start Clinic @Gordon Parks (651-793-2234) will remain open M-Th, 10a-3p to provide essential medical services and tele-therapy for all youth up to age 22.
- Downtown Clinic (424 Dorothy Day Place, 55102) will remain open to provide essential medical services, chemical dependency counseling, and COVID-19 screening, testing, and triage services (once all supplies arrive).
- Ramsey County is opening temporary quarantine/isolation facilities for individuals experiencing homelessness who are symptomatic for COVID-19. We will provide 16-hours of nursing coverage (8a-12a) in these facilities (initially, Mary Hall at 438 Dorothy Day Place, 55102). Additionally, we will conduct screening and triage during intake hours for shelters in Ramsey County, namely at Higher Ground, Union Gospel Mission, and Safe Space, as resources allow.
- We are doubling down on our outreach efforts to assure that our most vulnerable patients and community members have evidence-based information on how to remain healthy at home. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @MNCommunityCare for up-to-date information on our clinical services, and tips on nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and kids educational activities.
To support our mission to assure health care for all in a time of great need, please visit: mncare.org/give.