Thursday, July 20, 2006
Doing medicine, practicing health and wellness
The work of Central Dallas Ministries' Community Health Services (CHS) has experienced explosive growth so far in 2006.
The graphic here reports a comparison for the month of January over the past four years.
Since early this year, the growth has continued and now stands at almost 40% for the year as compared to the same time period last year.
Community Health Services has served over 2,212 more patients in the first five months of 2006 than at this same time in 2005.
Already one of the largest community-based health clinics in Dallas County, the program has grown tremendously as more and more uninsured, working people have found us. The effort got started in 1990 when the late Dr. Donald Smiley and Dr. Charles Graham, along with our dentist, Dr. John Turner began volunteering every Thursday evening from 6-9 p. m.
Thanks to a strong partnership with the Baylor Health Care System and with Health Texas Provider Network, the physicians group serving Baylor patients, the medical effort provides extremely high-quality health services to the community at very low or no cost to patients in need of care and economic uplift.
In addition to clinic services, including dental care, CHS promotes preventive care and community wellness.
For example, our Community Diabetes Education (CoDE) effort provides neighbohood-based training and education to assist diabetic patients in controlling their disease and maintaining health.
CHS is one of the busiest places in inner city Dallas. It also bustles with excitement and, of course, healing.