The free clinic operating out of the Polk City United Methodist Church was able to enhance its ministry to marginalized persons with a Matthew 25 grant from the Central District. St. Luke’s Medical Clinic offers free and discounted health services to those who qualify for such needs as sports and school physicals, immunizations, and ill visits. They are a part of the Free Clinics of Iowa.
Internet access available with a new computer system provides information from the Iowa Registry of Immunizations System. Previously, Tess Young explained, they had to rely on each patient’s memory about “what immunizations had been received and what immunizations might be needed.” Now they can provide more timely service without delay. “This is extremely important in the free clinic setting” where many persons “face barriers to care such as language and transportation issues.”
Clinic staff, who are volunteer healthcare providers, are available on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month. They are able to access the Internet from the examination room to find up-to-date information about prescription drugs, referral options, and notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government agencies related to health care.
Apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa helped the clinic purchase the computer, printer, router, and printer cartridges they needed for a two-year period. Remaining funds were used to finance immunizations and other medications for their patients.