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March 28, 2007

Family Health Clinic of Monon celebrates anniversary

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Family Health Clinic of Monon, established by Purdue University, will celebrate its first year of operation during an open house on Thursday (March 29).

The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 420 N. Market St. in Monon, Ind. The clinic, which is staffed by Purdue University School of Nursing faculty nurse practitioners, opened in January 2006 to provide health care for an underserved population

Health care topped the list of county needs in the results of a recent United Way survey, and the United Way of White County provided a grant to help support the clinic in its first year of operation. North Central Health Services also provided funding, said Julie C. Novak, associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences and head of the School of Nursing.

A chief focus of the clinic has been to reach out to the medically underserved population, who may not have anywhere else to turn for health care, she said.

"We have three other successful nurse-managed clinics in operation, so we felt confident we could bring this model into this area and help meet their need for improved access to health care," Novak said.

In 1981, the school established the Nursing Center for Family Health, one of the first nurse-managed clinics in the country. The center, located in the basement of Johnson Hall at Purdue, still operates today and serves about 5,000 patients per year.

In 1995, the school began the Family Health Clinic of Carroll County in Delphi, Ind., which serves more than 3,000 clients per year, and in 2006 the school opened the Trinity Nursing Center for Infant and Child Health in downtown Lafayette.

"All of the clinics utilize nursing students who practice under the supervision of advanced-practice nursing faculty," Novak said. "They provide primary health care services, wellness screenings, education, acute illness care and chronic disease management for patients. They serve patients of all ages, from infants to seniors, regardless of income."

 Although there are health-care facilities in nearby Monticello, many who live in the northern part of the county are unable to access those facilities, she said.

"Many of our patients are the working poor - those who have jobs but don't have insurance - and others who may have catastrophic insurance but nowhere to turn to for routine health care," she said. "Many have little money and no transportation. Our clinic meets a need in providing basic health promotion, education and monitoring of chronic conditions.

"This clinic benefits both the citizens of Monon and the School of Nursing," Novak said. "It provides much-needed care to the community, offers valuable experience to our nursing students and allows our faculty to stay clinically active."

For more information, contact the Family Health Clinic of Monon at (219) 253-2404. Those interested in making a donation or serving as a volunteer can contact the Purdue School of Nursing at (765) 494-4008.

Writer: Elizabeth Gardner (765) 494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu

Source: Julie C. Novak, (765) 494-6644, novakj@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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