Granville Neighborhood Health Center OpeningWritten by Rebekah Carey on April 25th, 2009
The Granville Neighborhood Health Center (GNHC) opened it doors on April 25, 2009. The GNHC will serve the uninsured low-income residents in the community surrounding Risen Savior Lutheran Church at 95th Street and Brown Deer Road.
U.S. Census Data suggest that a staggering 45 million individuals are without health insurance at this time. The statistics suggest that based on the median income of $26,909; that 75% percent of persons in the community are minorities; with 33% living below the poverty line; and 30% led by single parent households demonstrate the need for the GNHC services.
Public health is a major concern in the Milwaukee community and is not being adequately addressed by mainstream institutions. The Risen Savior community and GNHC supporters believe it is a moral imperative to respond to the health care crisis and serve the needs of its community.
Wisconsin Lutheran College nursing students will engage in clinical experiences at the new health center throughout their academic development at WLC. Additional opportunities for volunteering outside of coursework will be available ongoing.
It is the intent that the GNHC will be financed with private, public, in-kind donations, and through voluntary labor. Rebekah Carey, WLC Director of Nursing, is president of the Board of Directors, which will serve as the governance body for the clinic and provide sustainability for the future. The GNHC has been well received by stakeholders within the community, and we are confident our structure and expertise will enhance the quality of life for the residents in the community, and help close the gap of the need for health care services for the uninsured, low-income persons in Milwaukee.