Mustard Seed Community Health held a successful “community discussion” on healthcare in Greensboro on June 5, 2014. Over fifty people attended the event representing leaders in the health care, business and faith communities.
Thank you to First Citizens Bank for sponsoring the lunch and to Revolution Mill for providing the beautiful venue. We also want to thank Judy Page, the administrator at Congregational United Church of Christ, for all of her valuable time, energy and know how in helping with the invitations and rsvp cards. Her talents are greatly appreciated!
Beth Mulberry, MD and The Reverend Julie Peeples led the discussion by explaining what the Mustard Seed Community Health organization is seeking to do for the approximately 45,000 uninsured people in Greensboro and how it will be accomplished. Beth led the discussion by providing the mission and the vision of Mustard Seed and explaining the four prong approach that will be taken.
- Physical Clinic: Integrated Primary Care, Mental Health and Dental Health, staffed with retired physicians, nurses and community volunteers from our universities and general population.
- Community Health Outreach Program: Staffed with people and case managers that will be out in the community checking on those that are being served and seeing others in need.
- Urban Garden and Farmer’s Market; Provide training for gardening, canning and healthy cooking as well as providing lower cost fresh produce.
- Early Childhood Education: Teach children about healthy foods and leading a physically active lifestyle.
Reverend Peeples began her talk with a quote from Nelson Mandela; “Everything seems impossible until it is done”. She went on to say that the people and organizations behind Mustard Seed are not naïve, that the process is going to be difficult and will require not only the efforts of Mustard Seed but of all the many individuals, agencies and hospitals that are already working to help with the thousands that are being underserved. She knows it can be done. To quote Julie “The mustard seed shows up in several different faith traditions. In Christian Scriptures, Jesus says to his followers that if they have faith the size of a mustard seed they can do miraculous things. We have that faith, and we believe that with a community effort, individuals, faith communities, agencies, our current health system, nonprofits – we can indeed vastly increase accessibility to high quality healthcare for all. We have faith that this is the kind of community where people truly want accessible care for all, not just some. We have faith that there are more than enough creative minds, strong backs, and generous hearts to make this vision come true.”
Reverend Peeples introduced John Mills, Senior Clinic Consultant with ECHO (Empowering Community Healthcare Outreach. John and his organization have helped other faith communities form many clinics throughout the US. John is donating his expertise and endless hours of work to see the Mustard Seed vision and mission come to fruition.
Skip Crowe spoke next about the Cottage Grove Initiative and how the Mustard Seed Community Health organization will fit so perfectly with Cottage Grove Initiative’s vision of holistic revitalization. This effort is built on the pillars of mixed income housing, superior educational opportunities from cradle to career and wrap around services including health care.
The event ended with a distribution of cards asking those that were in attendance how they would like to help with Mustard Seed. The response was wonderful!