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Since opening in September 2013, 498 new parents have stopped by the Baby Boutique to “purchase” brand new items for their babies.
Funded by generous grants from the Senator Gwen Howard, Lozier Corporation, the March of Dimes, the Omaha Community Foundation, the Amy L. Scott Foundation and Woodmen of the World, the Boutique stocks diapers, wipes, outfits, onesies and many other baby necessities.
The Baby Boutique is open two days a week and staffed by volunteers from the Friends of OneWorld. Last year, OneWorld provided prenatal care to nearly 1,200 women.
The Baby Boutique encourages women to seek early and consistent prenatal care while providing baby essentials that many of our families cannot afford. For example, the average newborn needs seven to eight diaper changes per day. At approximately $30.00 for a box of 80 diapers, the cost can be staggering for a young family struggling to make ends meet.
OneWorld prenatal patients receive OneWorld “bucks” by attending prenatal care appointments. These “bucks” are redeemable in the Baby Boutique for new baby items.
On a recent visit, Ruth Vasquez stopped in with her son Evan. Ruth is expecting another boy in May. She enjoys the Baby Boutique experience and said, “It’s a great motivation to make sure to come to appointments and classes, like Centering Pregnancy.”
Gloria Amemou had her first baby, Jayden, on March 18, and had nine “baby bucks.” She stocked up on diapers, wipes and bibs and said she was “very pleased with the selection. The clothes are super cute!”
Volunteering that day was Meredith Weitz, vice president of the Friends of OneWorld board. When asked why the Baby Boutique was important to her, she replied “I’m a mom of three and I know how challenging it is raising kids. This is such a great service for the patients. It encourages them to keep coming to their appointments and to take care of themselves and their babies.” Meredith went on to explain why she volunteers her time to work in the Boutique, “It’s fun to see people come in, anticipating their babies being born. This is a joyful time in their lives. It’s a wonderful way to give back.”


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The OneWorld Back to School Bash is back and bigger than ever! The Back to School Bash is a family event for OneWorld patients to give them one last chance to celebrate before school begins again for the fall.
This year, events are being held at OneWorld West from 2-4pm on August 6, OneWorld Northwest from 2-4 pm on August 7 and the big celebration at OneWorld’s Livestock Exchange Campus on 30th and L Streets from 11-2pm.
All of the events will feature crafts and booths, face painting, refreshments, a bounce house and a visit from Dora the Explorer.
The Back to School Bash is part of National Community Health Center Week, which is observed to showcase the important role that community health centers play in our communities.
For more information about the Back the School Bash, please contact Pam Monsky, 402-619-5302 or email pmonsky@oneworldomaha.org.


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When Tim Robinson retired at 62, his insurance coverage ended. Too young for Medicare, he paid out of pocket for routine medical visits.
“One day I was at another medical provider’s office, and after the check up, the doctor asked me if I needed my flu shot, and I said sure. The bill for the shot was $150! That’s when I started shopping around for another option.”
Tim came to OneWorld’s West Omaha clinic and saw Physician’s Assistant Misty Swierczek. “It was a huge blessing to come in and pay $35 to see the PA. On my first visit, she discovered I had deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg) and I had to go to the hospital. Now I’m on blood thinners and doing just fine.”
When Tim started receiving Medicare, he stayed with OneWorld because he was so happy with the care. Tim is also diabetic and hadn’t been keeping his blood sugar under control. “Misty connected me to a diabetic educator and nutritionist and I learned so much! I’m in the best control I’ve been in years!”
Karen McClelland, Tim’s OneWorld diabetic educator, did some research and found that he qualified for a discount drug program. “That lifted a big burden off of me,” said Tim. “Now I can afford my insulin.”
Tim said that his motivation for taking control of his health comes from his family. “My grandfather died from diabetes at age 65, the same age I am now. I didn’t get to know him and I really want my two grandkids to know me.”
Diabetic educator Karen McClelland said, “Tim is definitely a man of action!  He had the desire to improve his diabetes control so he took action, despite some challenges, to make it happen.  Tim sees his provider, Misty Swierczek, for diabetes checkups regularly.  He communicates with me weekly.  He checks his blood sugar and takes his insulin/diabetes pill daily.  He met with the dietitian to learn more about nutrition and monitors his food daily. Tim now has excellent diabetes control.  His success is an inspiration to us all.”
“I’m so grateful that the clinic exists,” said Tim. “People have no idea the quality of care that’s offered at OneWorld.”


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Thanks to everyone who participated to raise $11,493, surpassing our goal of $11,456, one dollar for every child we cared for in 2013!! We had 230 donors and every single one made a difference in the lives of our patients! Thank you again and congratulations to the Omaha Community Foundation and the people of Omaha for raising over $6.3 million for local non-profits!FB Day After TY post


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Join us after work May 1 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the OneWorld Livestock Exchange campus (30th and L St.)! New this year is “Diapers for Drinks;” bring a new package of diapers and get a free drink ticket! Also new this year is a special Tequila Tasting sponsored by the Mexican Consulate of Omaha! Thank you to all of our sponsors and drink and food donors!!

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Join us after work May 1st for our Countdown to Cinco de Mayo!

2014 Cinco de Mayo

Enjoy music, food and drinks! All proceeds benefit the Baby Boutique at OneWorld, providing new baby items for our littlest patients. Bring a new package of diapers for the OneWorld Baby Boutique and get a free drink ticket!

Event Details

  • Thursday, May 1, 5:30-7:30
  • Historic Livestock Exchange Campus, 30th and L St., Northeast parking lot
  • Tickets: $25 per person and include 2 drink tickets
  • New this year: Tequila tasting $5!

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   Dr. Anpo Charging Thunder graduated from UNMC Medical School in 2008.  She finished her UNMC Family Medicine residency in 2011 and saw patients at OneWorld between 2007 and 2011.

     Dr. Charging Thunder then moved to the Nebraska Panhandle where she practiced for two years at the Community Action Program of Western Nebraska Community Health Clinic and Regional West Medical Center hospital in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. 

    Dr. Charging Thunder is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.  Her mother is Carol Iron Rope Herrera and her father is Tillo Suarez Herrera. She is married to Dave Charging Thunder and they have six children ranging in age from 6 to 24 years.  They also have two grandchildren, aged 10 months and 18 months. 

     Dr. Charging Thunder returned to Omaha to be closer to family and came back to OneWorld because, she said,  “community health is where my heart is and OneWorld has always made me feel welcome and as part of the family.”

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     Dr. Katherine Kusek, D.D.S. graduated from Creighton Dental School in 2011 and began her private practice in Albion, Nebraska in 2012.  Dr. Kusak volunteered at OneWorld between 2007 and 2011.

     Outside of work, Dr. Kusak  likes to read, go on walks, and bake with her mother and sister. “I make pies, my sister makes cookies, and my mother makes everything!” she said.

     “I was drawn to OneWorld by the opportunity to work with the most diverse population that Omaha has to offer.  I am also excited about the possibility to work with other skilled and caring dentists,” Dr. Kusak said.

 

 


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A Look Back and a Look Ahead

  A very happy New Year to all of our friends, colleagues and patients!  I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and to give you a peek as to what the future brings for OneWorld.

     2013 was a year of tremendous growth!  We completed the expansion at the Historic Livestock Exchange building creating a campus and are all settled in.  We also opened a new clinic in West Omaha that  cares for hundreds of people in a part of the city that most don’t associate with having a lack of access to medical care.  With this development, we’ve added jobs and are caring for more people than ever before.

We opened another School Based Health Center at Bryan High School and the Learning Community Center moved to the bright and colorful new space that once housed the South Omaha Library.  We formed new partnerships and operate a clinic, Crossroads to Health and Recovery, in partnership with Community Alliance.  The progress is exhilarating and there is no denying the important role that your support played in these achievements.

     As we look forward to 2014, we can expect continued growth as we further our mission of providing quality health care to everyone, with special attention to the underserved.  We have plans to open another OneWorld clinic in Northwest Omaha in March and our main clinic at the Livestock Exchange will be getting a re-fresh to improve patient care and update the look of the clinic.  Again, thank you for your continued support of OneWorld!

 


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Mary Kay M.    

Nurse Practitioner Mary Kay Meagher wanted a position working with the Hispanic population and came to the Indian-Chicano Center in 1990.  “It was essentially a volunteer, store-front free clinic,” she said, “but it was an integral part of the community and growing quickly.”  Initially run by Lutheran Family Services, it became clear that for continued growth and stability, a paid executive director would need to be hired, “so they hired me as Executive Director/Nurse Practitioner!” Meagher explained.

     What started as a store-front at 20th and Martha, with four rooms, a waiting room and an office, has grown into a first-class Community Health Center known as OneWorld.  “I asked Dr. Daniel Dietrich to be the medical director, and we worked really hard to get licensed and to raise the standards and quality of care.  It was incredibly exciting,” she added.  Dr. Dietrich passed away in 2013, and was honored posthumously for his work at this year’s Milagro dinner.

     The clinic began with dental services and volunteer family practice for medical services two evenings a week  providing services such as prenatal care and pediatrics. “I was always looking for connections…we really grew and there was great demand for our services,” said Meagher.  Enter Community Vision, an organization that eventually became Alegent Health.  “They had the money that we needed and we had the connections that they needed and we were able to move into a much larger and upgraded space at 24th and Martha Streets,” she explained.  “Soon afterwards, a woman came in who wanted to work as a nurse practitioner.  That woman was Eloise Poyner, who has been here now for 20 years, and the Board worked to hire her on a part time basis.”  Another woman, Dr. Kris McVea, our current Chief Medical Officer, was looking for a place for her UNMC residents and services again expanded.

     Meagher says that what is now OneWorld came together because of the work of a lot of people and she realized that growth would be impossible without someone who was focused on raising money and administration, so the role of executive director was split.  She left the clinic for a missionary work in Bolivia, then came back and began teaching at Creighton University College of Nursing.  “I needed to be in practice in order to be on the faculty, so I came back to the clinic part time.  When I retired from teaching four years ago, Dr. McVea offered me a position with the School Based Health Centers. I stay with OneWorld because the mission is part of my DNA.  The mission doesn’t just hang on the wall, it’s alive in the staff here at OneWorld.”

 


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Joey L

Joey Loth knew she couldn’t ignore her symptoms any longer.  She had been waiting to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, but after searching her symptoms on line, she knew she couldn’t wait. 

     She pulled into the OneWorld clinic on 120th and L and was greeted by operations specialist Rosemary Miranda, who got her in to see Dr. Katie Sagrero, O.D.  When Joey left, her diagnosis was devastating:  stage 3 colon cancer. 

     A week later, she returned to OneWorld to get help with the overwhelming torrent of procedures and bills.  Rosemary quickly swung into action and connected Joey to the resources she would need to make it through her treatment and recovery.

     Joey is currently being treated at Methodist through the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition, a group of Omaha physicians who donate their time and services to people who need it.     

     “Everyone has been so incredible,” said Joey.  “OneWorld checks on me all the time.  I don’t know what I would do without them!” she said.

“With everything that’s happened in the last 5 years in this country, a lot of people have lost their health care,” Joey explained.  “They don’t realize that OneWorld is there to help them.”

     Joey has finished her first round of chemotherapy and radiation and will undergo surgery shortly.  Then she’ll have another four to six months of chemo after that.  Despite her challenges, Joey is amazingly upbeat.  “I’m at peace with my diagnosis and my prognosis is good.  I’m very lucky to have found OneWorld and I’m incredibly grateful.”