Model of Neighborhood Healthcare Celebrates One Year

August 2, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-865-5210

Tulane University and Covenant House celebrated nearly a full year of clinic operations at the Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House, 611 N. Rampart St. The center opened in the days following Hurricane Katrina as a source of tetanus shots for people in the French Quarter, Treme and downtown New Orleans. Services expanded as demand increased.

To date, over 7800 patients have sought care at the clinic. Celebrations today included a health fair open to the public where free blood pressure, post traumatic stress disorder, diabetes, cholesterol and other screenings were offered for adults while kids played at the special kids corner tent.

Physician Karen DeSalvo, executive director of the center, considers the clinic to be a model of neighborhood-based healthcare for the city of New Orleans. The center is able to continue its work through supporting partnerships with 15 community groups. Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems provided seed money that has allowed the center to expand and seek funding from other entities. The center's services include adult primary care, mental health counseling, geriatric care and health education.

Spanish translation services are available. In the future DeSalvo hopes to expand the center's services, including more examination rooms and a mobile health unit.

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