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. on August 2. 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, and to date, more than 7,800 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 children played at the special Kids Korner tent.
Physician Karen DeSalvo, executive director of the center, considers the clinic to be a model of neighborhood-based health care for the city of New Orleans.
A generous contribution from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies allowed the center to increase its capacity and seek funding from other entities. The center is now able to continue its work in the community through partnerships with 15 local organizations.
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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