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After a full year of weekly drive-thru COVID testing here at Casa de Salud, we are announcing that this week (Wednesday June 9th, 8am to 9am) will be our last week of testing. We are so proud of supporting our community in this powerful way this past year.
During the early months of the pandemic in 2020, many community members and patients shared barriers in accessing COVID testing. Some felt unwelcome because they were being asked for the social security numbers or health insurance. Others needed to communicate with Spanish speaking staff and some COVID testing sites only had English speaking staff. Very many people did not have internet access to sign up for testing online. Others were very worried about the cost of testing and in fact, many people received bills from clinics or hospitals in the first few months of the pandemic.
Casa de Salud partnered with other organizations and organized around this issue of access and cost of COVID testing. We also decided to be part of the solution, and partnered with the New Mexico Department of Health to start a weekly testing site at our clinic. This was no easy feat, and required the logistical skills and dedication and passion of over 15 Spanish-speaking staff members every week, to register people (both in advance and same-day), set up the clinic, manage traffic, administer COVID testing, and call patients with COVID test results and provide counseling by phone.
In the last year, we performed 3138 individual COVID tests, over 51 weekly test dates. On average we tested 62 people each week, and on our busiest testing day we tested 226 people in two hours.
In the last two months, our weekly numbers have decreased greatly, so after this week, we are redirecting community members interested in COVID testing, to the New Mexico Department of Health website at https://cv.nmhealth.org.
With deep gratitude,
The Casa de Salud team
Comunidad de Casa,
Después de un año entero de pruebas de autoservicio de COVID en Casa de Salud, estamos anunciando que esta semana será nuestra última semana de pruebas. Estamos muy orgullosos de haber ayudado a la comunidad este año en una forma poderosa.
Durante los primeros meses de la pandemia del 2020, muchas personas de nuestra comunidad y nuestros pacientes nos dejaron saber de las barreras para obtener pruebas de COVID. Unos se sintieron incómodos porque les preguntaban por su seguro social o seguro médico. Otras personas necesitaban los servicios en español y unos lugares de pruebas de COVID solamente tenían personas que hablaban inglés. Muchas personas no tenían acceso a internet para registrarse en línea. Otras personas estaban muy preocupadas por el costo de la prueba y de hecho, muchas personas recibieron facturas de pago de clínicas y hospitales en los primeros meses de esta pandemia.
Casa de Salud se unió con otras organizaciones e hizo planes en este asunto relacionado a acceso y costo de pruebas de COVID. También decidimos ser parte de la solución y en cooperación con el Departamento de Salud de Nuevo México empezamos pruebas semanales en nuestra clínica. No fue una tarea fácil, requerimos del apoyo logístico, la dedicación y la pasión de más de 15 de nuestros trabajadores que hablan español para registrar a las personas (antes y el mismo dia de las pruebas), cambios en la clínica, dirigir tráfico, realizar las pruebas de COVID y llamar pacientes con los resultados al mismo tiempo de proveer ayuda profesional telefonica.
En este año, hicimos 3,138 pruebas individuales del COVID en más de 51 semanas. En promedio, hicimos 62 pruebas cada semana y en el día más ocupado con pruebas ayudamos a 226 personas en dos horas.
En los últimos dos meses, nuestros números de pruebas han disminuido grandiosamente, así que después de esta semana, estaremos dirigiendo los miembros de la comunidad para pruebas al Departamento de Salud de Nuevo México a la página de internet de https://cv.nmhealth.org.
El equipo de Casa de Salud
“Casa de Salud is one of the most adventurous attempts to make healthcare genuinely for the people.”
- Dr Pritpal Tamber, CEO of Bridging Health & Community
As we complete our 16th year of dreaming and building, we invite you to invest in us and the work we do to care for our community! We aim to raise $20,000 from our community. No donation is too small (or too large!). Please give at www.gofundme.com/casadesalud, and share with others! Donations made in the first few days will build momentum for others to give.
Below are two New Mexico in Focus TV segments on our health apprentice program.
Our work is unique. Every day, we deliver care that is rooted in dignity, trust, creativity, cultural humility, and mutual respect. We see healthcare from a lens that understands the histories of inequalities, oppressions, and structural forces that affect our community. We also see the strengths of our community members, as well as the cultural richness that exists around us. It is with this historical analysis and appreciation for the power within our community that we build towards collective wellness and liberation! Your support will allow us to grow the broad range of work we do in primary care, acute care, integrative care with acupuncture, massage, reiki, healing circles, harm reduction and addictions treatment, health coaching, and systems change work to address structural determinants of health.
“Being able to open up and have an open ear, not only to hear me but to have the chance to help others who are going through similar situations, helps me to feel not so alone.”
- Joshua Moya, a patient and community leader in our Strong Roots/Raices Fuertes opioid addictions treatment and recovery program
All year long, the Casa de Salud team works hard to support our community's healthcare and healing. We are a nonprofit organization, we work effectively and are lean with our resources. Your donation will greatly support our
continued vital work. The name of our nonprofit organization is Justice, Access, Support and Solutions for Health.
Please show your support here! Pass it on -- www.gofundme.com/casadesalud. And be sure to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
With gratitude from our health apprentices, staff, clinicians & board of directors.
Anjali Taneja MD MPH
Casa de Salud
Casa de Salud was founded to offer high-quality, fair-priced, holistic medical services to all. Our goal is to provide same day and after-hours access to dignity based medical services from conventional, natural and traditional health traditions. We seek to create an environment that promotes dignity and responsibility for patients, staff, and clinicians.
Casa de Salud's mission is to interweave traditional and conventional medicines to meet the physical and spiritual health needs of its patients in a welcoming, just, creative, and inclusive environment. Provide fair priced health care to anyone in need. Promote a learning and leadership development environment for practitioners, staff, volunteers, patients and clients.
Casa de Salud is a permanent project of Justice, Access, Support and Solutions for Health (JAZZ for Health), a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. JAZZ for Health has a mission to promote the development and sustenance of individuals and organizations that provide health services, health literacy, community health promotion, health leadership development, health advocacy and health system change.
WE ARE HIRING!
Casa de Salud is hiring for several positions! We are currently seeking a Family Physician, a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Clinical Social Worker/Counselor, and an Intensive Case Manager. Clinicians, if you are looking for a rewarding work environment where you can enjoy the practice of medicine, spend more time with patients, provide high quality healthcare in an integrative healing environment with practitioners from of numerous healing modalities, & work with a great team, check us out. Click here for more information.
See above! We are running a crowdfunding campaign. Please make your donation online at www.gofundme.com/casadesalud.
If you would like to talk about a larger gift, a matching donation, or about having a conversation to talk about giving,
please email us at or call 505-907-8311. Thank you!
1608 Isleta Blvd SW Albuquerque, NM 87105
(505) 907 - 8311