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Stoughton, WI 53589
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Free Health Clinic

www.stoughtonunitedministries.com


525 Lincoln Ave
Stoughton, WI 53589

Phone: 608-873-3273
Contact Name: Sharon Mason-Boersma
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Organization Profile
Grants Info
Shalom Free Health Clinic - 2012 Amount Funded: $5,000.00
In 2011 they provided approximately 80 Stoughton residents with free medical services in 510 visits. This included prescription medications, medical examinations, mental health care, nutrition counseling, physical therapy, social work assistance, spiritual consultation, and education.

Shalom Free Health Clinic - 2014 Amount Funded: $3,000.00
In 2011 they provided approximately 80 Stoughton residents with free medical services in 510 visits. This included prescription medications, medical examinations, mental health care, nutrition counseling, physical therapy, social work assistance, spiritual consultation, and education.

Shalom Free Health Clinic - 2015 Amount Funded: $4,000.00
In 2011 they provided approximately 80 Stoughton residents with free medical services in 510 visits. This included prescription medications, medical examinations, mental health care, nutrition counseling, physical therapy, social work assistance, spiritual consultation, and education.
The Shalom Free Health Clinic (project) operates one day per week from 5:00pm through 9:00pm. It has a volunteer staff of 18 medical, nursing, mental health, clergy, social service workers, and office assistants. It has a limited part time clinic coordinator. Patients are seen by appointment and are provided health care in accordance to a holistic approach which includes the following: medical examination and prescribed treatment as it is needed; mental health assessment provided by both a psychiatrist and counselor with corresponding intervention as needed; spiritual consultation for the purpose of addressing spirituality and the state of being; social work assistance for addressing life circumstances which may affect mental health; nutritional counseling as it is needed; patient education on matters of health and wholeness; referral of patient to a specialty free clinic in Middleton.

Free Health Clinic 2018-2019 - 2018 Amount Funded: $5,000.00
The purpose of the Free Health Clinic is to make health services more accessible and available to those in need who cannot afford health insurance, are under insured, or cannot afford the premiums of their present insurance plan - but need medical care! By increasing our time and expanding the areas to those we serve, the daily operational expenses have also increased. The Free Health Clinic professionals and non professionals strive to continue high quality health care with ongoing education and especially to honor the individuals personal beliefs whatever they are - no one is turned away. We feel fortunate to collaborate with Stoughton Hospital, the Skaalen Retirement Home, businesses, nonprofit organizations, foundations, private donors and residents that support the Free Health Clinic to continue to be located in the Stoughton community. We believe that through reduced utilization of an "Emergency Room or Urgent Care" can result in cost savings for everyone.
The Free Health Clinic employs a staff person as Clinic Coordinator who is a licensed, Masters level social worker for 10 hours per week. A bookkeeper is also employed for approximately 2 hours per week, and more recently, a Vista Worker has been assigned to the Free Health Clinic for 30 hours per week. The Vista assignment is to be trained, to work, and to learn how medical clinics serve those in need with medical issues and treatment. The duration of assignment for the Vista Worker at the Free Health Clinic is one year. The FHC is also staffed with voluntary professionals: doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacist, a mental health psychotherapist, and clergy. Non professionals assist to organize, clean, and provide secondary services to maintain a high level of quality for those that are served. Since January, 2018 to the present time, the patient population served at the Free Health Clinic has quadrupled. This has been due to marketing efforts, expanding the area for services offered, adding a "walk-in" service in addition to the regularly scheduled appointments, and providing an in-house mental health therapist to the voluntary staff. Medical care offered includes medical exams, mental health assessments with ongoing counseling, social work assistance, chronic condition care, and prescribed medication on an as needed basis.

Stoughtons Shalom Free Health Clinic (2017-2018) - 2017 Amount Funded: $3,000.00
The purpose of Stoughtons Shalom Free Health Clinic is to make health services accessible and available to low income residents in Stoughton and outreach areas who have no or inadequate insurance. Having regular providers enhances monitoring of health provides a distinct advantage with ongoing education, and subsequent health assessment of lifestyle. In addition, Stoughton Hospital benefits through reduced utilization of the ER which results in cost savings. Referral agencies benefit by having a professional and credible resource to serve patients. Stoughton community benefits as those of low income gain health, become educated, and make lifestyle changes.
Stoughtons Shalom Free Health Clinic operates one day per week from 5p to 9p. It has a staff of 15 medical, nursing, mental health workers, clergy, and social service workers. It has a limited part time clinic coordinator. Patients are seen by appointment and seen for the following health care: medical examination and prescribed treatment as needed, mental health assessment provided by both a psychiatrist and counselor, spiritual consultation for the purpose of address ing spirituality, and the state of being, social work assistance, nutritional counseling as needed, patient education related to health and wholeness, and as necessary, referral of patients to a specialty free clinic in Madison.

Stoughtons Shalom Free Health Clinic - 2016 Amount Funded: $4,500.00
The purpose of Stoughtons Shalom Free Health Clinic is to make health services accessible and available to low income residents in the Stoughton and outreach areas who have no health insurance or inadequate of health insurance. Having regular providers enhances monitoring of health and allows a distinct advantage with ongoing education, and subsequent health enhancement of lifestyle. In addition, Stoughton Hospital benefits through reduced utilization of the ER which results in cost savings. Referral agencies benefit by having a professional and credible resource to serve clients. Stoughton community benefits as those of low income gain health, become educated, and make lifestyle changes.
Stoughtons Shalom Free Health Clinic operates one day per week from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It has a staff of 15 medical, nursing, mental health, clergy, and social service workers. It also has a limited part time clinical coordinator. Patients are seen by appointment and provided the following health care: medical examination and prescribed treatment as needed, mental health assessments provided both by a psychiatrist and counselor, spiritual consultation for the purpose of addressing spirituality and the state of being, social work assistance, nutritional counseling as needed, patient education on matters of health and wholeness, and as necessary, referral of patients to a specialty free clinic in Madison.

Affordable Transportation Program - 2016 Amount Funded: $2,500.00
It is the desire of Stoughton United Ministries to provide services that will fill existing social service gaps in the local setting and enhance the level of assistance provided to the poverty level in-need in the Stoughton School District. In that light, the Affordable Transportation Program offers needed transportation services from Stoughton to Madison and back for the low income in need as other such services do not currently exist. Transportation services offered help to assure medical appointments, court appointments, business appointments, skills training, interview opportunities, and other self-betterment opportunities.
The Affordable Transportation Program involves a paid coordinator (.1 FTE) and six volunteer drivers who utilize their personal vehicles to transport program participants. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed for their mileage. The goal of the program has been to provide accident free round trips to eligible persons for the purpose of medical appointments, court appointments, job interviews, skills training, and other personal betterment reasons as well as to provide transportation to local food pantries.

Supplies and Operation Request 2018-2019 - 2018 Amount Funded: $4,000.00
The requested funds would help PEP meet the supply and demand for customers to use as a viable resource for the community. In addition to ensure everyone meeting the availability of the needed items, no one can "over-use the system." To help with product availability and utilization, all PEPartnership agencies in the Dane County area use the PEPbase software to record the information for products used and date of disbursement by PEP customers. Additonally, PEP seeks to advance in collaborating with additional resources in the Stoughton community to help make a positive impact for those served.
June, 2015, the Stoughton Personal Essentials Pantry moved from the 100 block of Main Street, Stoughton, to its present site at 343 E. Main Street, Stoughton, sharing and renting jointly an office site with Dane County Department of Human Services/Joining Forces for Families. Because of the location of the present PEP site, more visibility and foot traffic grew for the public to know and to access the facility. As a result, PEP has increased the customers using the facility - we can now serve up to 30 households per time of disbursement; averaging 4-6 new households each time. In turn, more supplies are needed to help people in need with such items as: diapers, toilet paper, laundry and dish washing detergent, bar soap, deodorant, dental items, shampoo, household cleaner, and feminine hygiene products. Added to maintaining adequate supplies were additional operating expenses of rent and insurance. During the past year, PEP volunteers have been able to collaborate with the principals and social workers of the Stoughton area schools in an attempt to help students and families who are homeless and/or lack the financial means to purchase their own personal essential products. A bin of these items is now available at all 5 Stoughton schools to aid in helping the students in need obtain these products on an as-needed basis who may lack the availability to obtain them in their home environment. During the recent summer months, PEP provided these items (bagged motel sample sizes) to be added to the disbursement of Viking Lunches for those families and students in need to obtain at the three designated Viking Lunch community sites. Modeled from an offer of service from Stoughton Food Pantry, in the future, volunteers from PEP would like to offer PEP households a $10 voucher every 30 days to be used at Stoughton Pick N Save to receive personal hygiene products that they could select that they otherwise might not be able to obtain at PEP, i.e. "allergy free products."

Affordable Transportation Program 2018-2019 - 2018 Amount Funded: $4,000.00
The desire of the Affordable Transportation Program is to fill existing social service gaps in the local setting and enhance the level of assistance provided especially to those at poverty level living within the Stoughton area school district. Currently, there is no bus or other means of transportation for those needing to get to appointments within the City of Stoughton or to larger cities that live in Stoughton. The current cab service is challenging for some to afford: $4.50 one way and transports those outside of the City of Stoughton, up to a 3 mile radius, $1.00 extra each mile. At the present time, the ATP has transported approximately 200 rides so far this year. The goal of the program is to help those in need lacking transportation to assist toward self betterment opportunities and to help maintain stabilization.
Currently, the ATP Volunteer Coordinator manages 5 volunteer drivers to utilize their personal vehicles to transport program recipients of the ATP. Scheduling rides, recruiting volunteer drivers, and overseeing the general operations of the ATP are the tasks of the Volunteer Coordinator. All drivers are screened with a criminal background, driving, insurance, and medical check. The drivers, in turn, are reimbursed for their mileage to/from the destination of the trip. Types of appointments that are validated for transportation needs are: court/legal/housing issues; medical appointments; employment /job training meetings; food pantry assistance; and other significant related encounters. Most ATP services have been provided to those in need that meet a certain eligibility criteria. As of recent, more planning is being discussed for those needing transportation for additional purposes and may be at a slightly higher level of income. Individuals are referred to the ATP by Stoughton Senior Center, START, City of Stoughton Food Pantry, United Methodist Church, Stoughton Police Dept., Stoughton Hospital, Dane Co. Dept. of Human Services, local churches, local social service agencies, Free Health Clinic (formerly Shalom), and some Madison based clinics and hospitals. The service covers the geographical area of the Stoughton school district, and nearby communities (within a 40-mile radius): Madison, Middleton, Monona, Fitchburg, Edgerton, Janesville, and locations in Jefferson County. Services are provided Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Requests are encouraged to be made 48 hours in advance, if possible, to provide for verification of eligibility and the scheduling of drivers. However, in extenuating circumstances, transportation may be made on an emergency, as needed basis.

Shalom Free Health Clinic - 2013 Amount Funded: $3,000.00
In 2011 they provided approximately 80 Stoughton residents with free medical services in 510 visits. This included prescription medications, medical examinations, mental health care, nutrition counseling, physical therapy, social work assistance, spiritual consultation, and education.