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10440892_10152872049662930_6466920963840534378_nOneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc., (OneWorld) has been recognized as a “Leader in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The findings are part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014. This annual survey encourages equal care for LGBT Americans and identifies healthcare institutions doing the best work.

Across the nation, 426 healthcare facilities, including OneWorld, were named Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality. Leaders must meet key criteria including patient and employee non-discrimination policies that specifically mention sexual orientation and gender identity as well as LGBT health education for key staff members. For more information, please visit www.hrc.org/hei.

“OneWorld is proud to be recognized for providing equitable, inclusive services to LGBT patients who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care. At OneWorld, we create an environment that fosters human dignity, respect and compassion for LGBT patients and their families,” said Andrea Skolkin, OneWorld’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality change the lives of LGBT patients and their families for the better each and every day,” said Chad Griffin, HRC president. “LGBT people should be treated equally in all aspects of our lives, and HRC celebrates OneWorld for their tireless work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all patients.”


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Becca Engelkemier

OneWorld Community Health Centers is proud to announce the hiring of Becca Engelkemier, Certified Nurse Midwife to the Women’s Clinic at OneWorld’s Livestock Exchange campus.

Engelkemier graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing from Emory University School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia in 2006. She spent two years on the International Development and Relief Board in Ethiopia where she developed and taught health protocols, created educational materials and provided primary and prenatal care to people in extreme poverty.

Engelkemier has extensive experience with labor and delivery and brings broad assessment and diagnostic skills in primary care and women’s health across the lifespan. “Becca’s tremendous experience will greatly benefit OneWorld’s patients,” said CEO Andrea Skolkin. “She is focused on OneWorld’s philosophy of providing holistic, patient-centered care.”

For appointments and more information, please call 402-734-4110


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Dr. Carlos Giraldo

OneWorld Community Health Centers is proud to announce the hiring of Carlos Giraldo, internist, to the Family Practice Clinic at OneWorld’s Livestock Exchange campus.

Giraldo graduated with a Professional Degree in Medicine from the University of Caldas in Manizales, Colombia in 2000. Giraldo spent two years at the Swiss Tropical Institute earning a diploma focused on Global Public Health – specifically health care and management in tropical countries and planning and program design.

Having spent eight years working with Doctors Without Borders, Giraldo completed 11 missions focused on HIV, tuberculosis, refugee health and primary health care before returning to the United States to spend time as a researcher and contract physician in New York City.  “Carlos’ experience working with patients from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds will be a great asset to our community,” said CEO Andrea Skolkin.  “His focus on primary care and family medicine is a boon to our clinical teams.”

For appointments and more information, please call 402-734-4110.


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IMG_6540OneWorld Community Health Centers celebrated the many miracles, or “milagros,” that occurred over the past year at the annual Milagro Dinner and Silent Auction held on Thursday, November 13. More than 400 people attended this year’s event to recognize members of the Omaha community who give of their time and talents in support of OneWorld Community Health Center’s mission. Members of the medical community were honored, and the crowd was enlightened by speaker Peter Edelman – Georgetown Law professor and author of the book “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.” Over $113,000 was raised to support programs and services for OneWorld patients who are medically underserved.

Honorees for their service to and support of the OneWorld community included Dr. James V. Huerter, longtime supporter and ear, nose and throat specialist with Alegent Creighton and associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Dr. Richard H. Legge, sole ophthamologist and founder of both The Free Clinic For Kids at OneWorld Community Health Centers, and The American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment; and Dr. Thomas Tonniges, renowned speaker on children’s issues, medical director of the Arbor Health Plan and a 28-year-practicing pediatrician. United Way of the Midlands and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Nursing were also honored for their commitment to OneWorld and the communities that we serve.


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Earlier this year, OneWorld Community Health Centers began a partnership with Community Alliance to address the comprehensive health care needs of persons battling mental illness. A clinic is open specifically for Community Alliance clients and the results have been remarkable. Watch this video to see how individuals are being impacted by having access to quality health care.


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OneWorld Community Health Centers is ranked 9th in the country for clinical quality out of 1,202 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). The rankings are the result of findings by the Uniform Data System (UDS), the core set of data used to review the operation and performance of community health centers. The UDS tracks a variety of information, including patient demographics, services provided, staffing, and quality of services.

OneWorld CEO Andrea Skolkin said, “OneWorld’s exceptional ranking comes from increasing access to care and for screening vulnerable populations for chronic conditions such as tobacco use, immunizations, cholesterol and hypertension. These rankings prove what we have known all along. OneWorld provides only the highest level of care to all our patients, including those who are the most vulnerable. By increasing access to care, we are able to reach out to those who need us most.”

OneWorld provides quality affordable health care and individuals are welcome with or without insurance, including Kids Connection, Medicaid and Medicare. OneWorld operates nine clinical locations in Omaha; including the clinic at the Historic Livestock Exchange Campus in South Omaha, OneWorld West on 120th and I Streets, Northwest Omaha near 90th and Fort Streets, Cass Family Medicine in Plattsmouth, Crossroads to Health and Recovery at Community Alliance, a mobile dental clinic and four school-based health centers at Bryan High School, Indian Hill, Spring Lake and Liberty elementary schools.

Established in 1970, OneWorld Community Health Centers, in partnership with the community, provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved. OneWorld is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and provides comprehensive primary health care, dental, mental health/substance abuse services, and affordable medications. For more information, visit us at www.oneworldomaha.org.


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Trancito (left) and Longfellow Marquez

Trancito has been married for 27 years and is the father of six children. A work related injury two years ago left Trancito unemployed, in pain and growing increasingly depressed. He realized he was under stress due to his physical problems and was losing his family.

Trancito turned to OneWorld and met Longfellow Marquez, a behavioral health therapist. “When I saw Trancito for the first time, he was hopeless and I wondered if he would get better,” said Longfellow. “Longfellow is helping me think in a different way and I’m very thankful for the help,” said Trancito. “After my accident I felt abandoned. I had no medication for my chronic pain and no money. I received my medication at a reduced price from the OneWorld pharmacy, and because of the resources of the clinic I’m receiving mental health services.”

Longfellow no longer sees a hopeless man in Trancito since they began working together. “A few weeks ago he told me for the first time that he felt happy.” As for Trancito, he is grateful to OneWorld and to Longfellow. “I didn’t realize how much I was hurting my family before. Now I’m working on getting closer to them.”


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The Milagro Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Thursday, November 13 in the ballroom of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building, 4920 S. 30th Street. The event will honor members of the medical community who have helped further OneWorld’s mission.

Our speaker is Peter Edelman, a Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government. During President Clinton’s first term he was Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Earlier in his career he was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy’s 1980 Presidential campaign. Mr. Edelman’s latest book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, was published by The New Press in the spring of 2012.

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