We aim to bring awareness to the important work of community health centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health and dental care to medically vulnerable and underserved children and adults in the communities we serve. We’re honoring our public servants, patients, employees and consumer board members in special ways throughout the week. JOIN OUR CELEBRATION!
Health Partnership Clinic is faced with the difficult decision to close its Pharmacy.
Health Partnership Clinic is faced with the difficult decision to close its Pharmacy, effective Tuesday, June 20, 2017. With low prescription volumes and high overhead costs, it has created an unsustainable situation for us. Our top priority is providing core medical, dental and behavioral health care to you and more than 15,000 individuals. However, we’re working hard to identify other options to provide you with affordable medications. Your provider will share these with you once plans are in place.
•The last prescription refill will be Thursday, June 15, and all medications must be picked up by June 20.
•If it becomes necessary to adjust hours or close, we’ll post this information on our Facebook page and in the Pharmacy.
•More than 800 letters were sent to Pharmacy patients informing them of the changes and how we can support them.
Our team is committed to making this transition as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions, please call 913-648-2266 and ask for the Nurse Line or ext. 8000.
Andrea Acosta‘s Path to Citizenship
Olathe, KS (June 15, 2017) Nearly 12 years ago, Andrea Acosta arrived in the United States (U.S.) excited to work as an au pair and to perfect her English. Before leaving Argentina, she received a two-year degree in hospitality and a teaching certification as well as taught English as a second language. Andrea planned to eventually return to her native country and teach school. But her plans took an unexpected direction that eventually led her to U.S. citizenship.
After au pairing for two years for a family of five children, she got married and had two children of her own. During these years Andrea held jobs from waitressing to working at various hotels, including the Hyatt (now Sheraton), InterContinental and Marriott, where she is still employed part time.
Although she loves the hospitality industry, working evenings and weekends weren’t conducive to her family life. So, with her customer service experience and being bilingual she landed a job at HPC as a Kancare/Marketplace enrollment/navigator in 2015. “I love my job and feel I make a difference,” she says. “I help individuals and families—many who have green cards—navigate the health insurance system and find affordable insurance, which provides a sense of security for them and helps HPC’s bottom-line.”
Andrea was a green card holder just like many patients she serves today. It allowed her to legally work in the U.S. but she’s couldn’t vote. “I’ve been living in this country for nearly 12 years, I love this country and it’s important to vote,” Andrea says. “This is home for me, and I’ve never considered returning to Argentina. I asked myself, why not be a citizen?”
She received further encouragement from her eight-year-old daughter, Dominque. “Shortly after the presidential election, Dominque became fearful when listening to news report about parents—even with green cards—not being allowed into the U.S. or possibly being sent back to their country without their children,” Andrea recalls. “She was really scared and concerned so it became more important to become a citizen.”
With the support of her children, Ben, her partner, as well as her extended “American” family, Andrea started her path to citizenship in November of 2016. Without the benefit of an attorney, Andrea researched the steps to become a citizen.
Steps toward citizenship
“The first step was to complete an application with a $650 payment,” she says. This was followed by a biometric scan, which is finger printing; an in-person interview, where they ask about your background; background checks to ensure there are no criminal or IRS issues; and then completing a written test of 10 randomized questions on U.S. history and civics.
After receiving 100 percent on her test, she was issued a date of May 18, 2017 to attend the Oath ceremony. Andrea took the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Kansas City Courthouse…a day forever etched into her memory. That day, Andrea along with nearly 65 people from 35 different countries raised their right hand and swore their loyalty to the U.S. along with the Pledge of Allegiance.
At the ceremony, Andrea turned in her green card, and just for a moment it was bittersweet. “I had a feeling of emptiness since I had carried my green card for so many years,” she recalls. “I guarded that green card with my life since it is so difficult to get it replaced.”
“But it was such a special day for me and my family,” Andrea adds. “My daughter was so proud of me…she went back to school that day and told all her teachers. I can’t describe the feeling of accomplishment I felt that day. I know my family was very proud of me too.”
Following the ceremony, Andrea arrived back to HPC with a surprised celebration including a cake decorated in red, white and blue.
Just last week, she received her new social security card. The next step in her journey is to get her U.S. passport. “My goal is to visit my family in Argentina with my new passport,” she says. Next month, Andrea’s mom is coming for a visit—the first time in six years. “I’m so glad to be able to see my mom and celebrate my new citizenship with her. All my family back home are very happy for me!”
Andrea, Ben and her children, Matthew, six years old, and Dominque, eight years old, reside in Grandview, Mo. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her children and family, cooking and doing home improvements and various decorative crafts.
Friday, June 30, 2017 at 8 a.m.
107 S. Main St., Ottawa, Kan.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. One in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family.
In May, Health Partnership Clinic’s (HPC) Behavioral Health team is celebrating the month with several special activities in hopes of bringing awareness to its staff, patients and community.
According to Maria Santiago Padin, M.A., Psy. D., Behavioral Healthcare Director, the Behavioral Health team is very committed to raising awareness for the importance of mental health.
“During this month and year-round, our goal is to fight the stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. We encourage everyone to help spread the word and share and/or participate in our awareness, support and advocacy activities by showing you're #IntoMentalHealth.”
- Information Table in Olathe’s Waiting Room (407 S. Clairborne Rd.), with complimentary water.
- HPC staff will wear “into Mental Health—Ask About our Services” badge to help jumpstart conversations with patients.
- Monday, May 15, Noon to 5 p.m., Conference Room 407, 407 S. Clairborne Rd., Olathe, KS 66062 – The Behavioral Health team will host a FREE Self Care Day for HPC patients at the Olathe clinic.
Patients and their families are invited to learn what aromatherapy is and its benefits to your mental health.
»During this make and take workshop, attendees will be able to make a lotion or sugar scrub which is a special blend identified to improve your mental health.
»Art therapy has been proven to release stress and increase emotional wellbeing. Join KC Art Angels* as they guide those attending to peace and relaxation by painting a picture.
»Sign up at the Front Desk for both workshops. First come, first serve.
*KC Art Angels is a not-for-profit gallery and studio offering classes daily for adults and youth and unique services. Their overall goal is to bring healing through art by offering reduced or free classes to those with disabilities, grieving, or a terminal illness.
How can you be in to mental health? Be inspired. Be informed. Be involved.
Take the Stigma Free Pledge:
Learn more about mental health and available resources by clicking on the following links:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Mental Health America of The Heartland (for mental health screenings)
Mental Health.gov (for basic Information on Warning Signs, Local Resources and Services)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Institute Of Mental Health
Help a phone call away:
Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI from 3-9 p.m. or 4-10 p.m. EST Or 24/7 text NAMI to 741-741.
24/7 Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (talk or chat)
MHAH Compassionate Ear Warmline: 1-866-WARMEAR (1-866-927-6327)
4-10 p.m. daily, including holidays. The Warmline is a peer-run listening service that provides non-crisis supportive listening, coping strategies, information and a reprieve from loneliness or isolation.
National Helpline treatment referral and information service: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Veterans, Military & Families Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1 or https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
- Find a Health Center https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
Walk-In Physicals for Kindergarten, camp, sports...Available on Thursdays with Dr. Daugherty, first and only pediatrician in Franklin County
Dr. Daugherty is available on THURSDAYS from now till Aug. 17 to provide physicals for children and teens.
Stop by or call 913-648-2266 (855-886-6938 toll-free) if you wish to schedule an appointment.
What to Bring
- Bring any required forms for health care providers to complete.
- If your child wears glasses or contacts, please bring those along to the exam.
Insurance may not cover school, sports or camp physicals. Payment by cash, check, or credit card is required at the time of service. Our staff can assist you in enrolling in KanCare/Medicaid and discuss our Sliding Fee program, same day cash discount and payment plans.
HPC staff will be attending Kindergarten Round Up next Friday at Eugene Field, Garfield and Lincoln Elementary Schools in Ottawa, Kan. Parents will learn about HPC services and a "Walk-In Physicals" Day on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 107 S. Main St. Parents can also make appointments for that day as well. Check out the flier!
Mark the date! You can also call 913-648-2266 (855-886-6938 (toll-free) and make an appointment. This is specifically geared toward those entering Kindergarten and school-age children. We'll also do camp and sports physicals.
Be sure to bring any required forms for our health care providers to complete. And, if your child wears glasses or contacts, bring those as well. Get a jump start on your child's health!
Grab the kids and head down to Health Partnership Clinic’s brand new facility
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 107 S. Main Street, Ottawa.
Free dental screening, free fluoride varnishes as well as enrollment in insurance plans, door prizes and refreshments will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To enroll your child into an insurance plan, please be sure to bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security number, immunizations records, monthly household income from everyone who works and your ID or Driver’s License.
This event is FREE and open to all children!
For more details, check out the attached flier, or call 913-648-2266 or 855-886-6938 (toll-free).
Health Partnership Clinic in Ottawa relocates and expands
Olathe, KS (Jan. 20, 2017) Health Partnership Clinic in Ottawa is relocating to downtown Ottawa at 107 S. Main Street to better meet the health needs of families in Ottawa and surrounding communities. The clinic will begin seeing patients with same day appointments on Friday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 6 p.m. Currently the clinic is located inside the Franklin county Health Departemant.
According to Amy Falk, CEO, the clinic has the capacity to serve about 50 percent more patients and will now provide onsite dental services, and a pediatrician will be available once a week to see area children.
“We’ll be open five days a week, Monday-Friday,” she notes. “Joining Jenny Miller, APRN, and the Ottawa staff will be Cindy Daugherty, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, who will see children exclusively on Thursdays. In addition, we will now have dedicated dental care with the addition of Nader Rastgoftar, DDS, and behavioral health services.”
The new site features four spacious medical exam rooms and two state-of-the-art dental stations, a large and roomy reception area and plenty of parking in the rear. The clinic hours will be from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Daugherty will begin seeing patients on Thursday, Feb. 9.
“We want to thank Midge Ransom, Director of the Franklin County Health Department, and her staff for their hospitality over the last couple of years. They have been a wonderful partner and supporter of the health care we provide to the residents of Ottawa and surrounding communities.”
An open house will be planned in the future. To schedule an appointment, call 913-648-2266 or toll-free at 855-886-6938.
HPC's New Look.
HPC is creating a new brand which is an exciting milestone in the clinic’s life. An organization’s name and logo lives on countless platforms from its business cards to its vehicle fleet to its website.
At HPC, we’ve decided to keep the same logo mark, colors and just tweak the look and typography (font).
You will start to see our “new look” on banners, brochures, business cards, signage and other communications. Keep your eyes out...for a new and fresh look!
NOW Accepting Marketplace Insurance Appointments ... Call Today!
Andrea Acosta, HPC’s Certified Marketplace Navigator, is available to help consumers learn more about their health care insurance options. Even if you don’t qualify, we may be able to help you secure an exception for 2017 so you won’t have to pay the penalty, which is increasing every year. To schedule an enrollment appointment, Tuesday-Thursday, from now till the end of January, call 913-730-3676. It’s free!
Health Partnership Clinic Offers A Crucial Catch Day – Screening Saves Lives event to Provide Women in Olathe with Breast Cancer Outreach and Education
Health Partnership Clinic will host A Crucial Catch Day – Screening Saves Lives on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Olathe, Kan. The community event is an opportunity to help women reduce their risk for breast cancer by providing education, outreach, navigation and access to cancer screening resources.
“Thanks to the generous support of the NFL and American Cancer Society, Health Partnership Clinic is able to help patients, who are uninsured or under-insured, gain access to potentially lifesaving breast cancer education and screenings,” says Amy Falk, CEO of Health Partnership Clinic. “By offering mobile mammography at our event, we are also able to address the transportation barriers many area women face in our community. Our partnership is a win win and we are proud to be part of this great national initiative.”
The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at 407 S. Clairborne Road, Olathe, KS 66062 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Women are invited to attend the event and learn more about ways to reduce their risks and the importance of detecting breast cancer early through regular screenings.
This event is made possible through the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Grant Program, funded by the National Football League. The NFL’s A Crucial Catch initiative provides funding to support increased access to potentially life-saving breast cancer education and screening resources in communities experiencing an unequal burden of cancer. In addition, Health Partnership Clinic receives community support from First National Bank.
WHAT: A Crucial Catch Day community event to provide women with free breast cancer outreach and education. A limited of free breast cancer screening mammogram appointments are available for new and low-income patients from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mobile Mammograms will be provided by Diagnostic Imaging Centers. Chiefs cheerleaders and KC Wolf will be on-site as part of the festivities.
WHEN: October 25, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Health Partnership Clinic
407 S. Clairborne Road, Olathe, KS 66062
Mammogram Appts: Call 913-730-3654. Appointment slots are reserved for new and current low-income patients. Event activities are open to the public.
Please help us share the event on social media with our PDF links below.
Health Partnership Clinic Acquires Shawnee Mission Pediatric Practice
Adds to Existing Presence in Johnson County
Olathe, KS (June 30, 2016) Health Partnership Clinic (HPC) has acquired the long established Shawnee Mission, Kan. pediatric practice of Annette M. Grundmeier, M.D., effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Grundmeier is retiring on June 30. The practice has an annualized volume of approximately 3,000 pediatric encounters. Terms were not disclosed. However, HPC has retained all the employees.
Hibba Haider, M.D., a pediatrician with HPC, will begin to see patients on Tuesday, July 5. The pediatric and adolescent medicine practice is located in the Shawnee Mission Medical Building at 9119 West 74th St., Ste. 210, Shawnee Mission, Kan. New, expanded office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and the phone number, 913-432-3334, will remain the same.
“Dr. Grundmeier has been caring for children for the last 35 years and has left an indelible mark on our community,” says Amy Falk, CEO of HPC. “We are honored and humbled to be able to continue to serve her patients and at the same time offer expanded pediatric care, including onsite lactation services as well as bilingual providers and trained professional interpreters. The location also adds to the existing presence we already have in Johnson County, which is a win win for the entire community. “
Dr. Haider is a welltrained graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women, in Lahore, Pakistan. She completed her residency at KU Medical Center and most recently worked at Turner House Children’s Clinic and KVC Hospital, Inc. Dr. Haider is excited to join the practice and continue the strong tradition of Dr. Grundmeier.
“It has been my privilege to care for so many children, and I’ve truly enjoyed sharing their growth and milestones,” Dr. Grundmeier notes. “As I move forward in my life, I know that I’m leaving my patients in good hands with Dr. Haider and HPC.”
Area Native Returns Home to Deliver Quality Health Care to Local Community
Amy Falk, Health Partnership Clinic (HPC), CEO, recently announced the appointment of Jennifer L. Miller, MSN, FNP-BC, as the clinic’s Family Nurse Practitioner. According to Miller, “I couldn’t be happier to be in Ottawa, providing medical care to my new home town community.”
A University of Kansas School of Nursing graduate, Miller’s background includes caring for individuals at every step of their life journey—from tiny babies to older adults. Miller specializes in managing chronic health conditions, women’s health and pediatrics, as well as everyday sniffles and colds.
Miller’s commitment to medicine began when, as the young mother of a military husband, she experienced the frustration of trying to manage her son’s ear infections within the bureaucracy of a military hospital system. According to Miller, “We saw a different doctor with every visit. No one took the time to explain why my son kept getting infections. I finally saw a nurse practitioner. She explained to me why the infections were happening, and most important, why my son was not getting well. From that conversation—and her clinical recommendations—Duncan’s ears began to heal. It was then I realized I wanted to help others as my son was helped. That decision was the first step in becoming the nurse practitioner I am today.” According to Miller, “As I have told many of my coworkers over the years, my greatest wish has always been to win the lottery and then open a free health clinic. This is the next best thing. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this health care team and this community. I am thrilled to help the clinic grow and together help the community become the healthiest it can be!”