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September 28, 2000

NEW HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER OPENS IN SALVATION ARMY ON OCT. 11

LA CROSSE, Wis.—Caring, Inc., a medical partnership between the La Crosse County Health Department, the Salvation Army, and Viterbo University, will hold an open house for its new Health Resource Center on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4-7 p.m.

Located in the Salvation Army at 223 North Eighth Street, the Health Resource Center began providing important health services to the medically underserved in our area in mid-September. Students and faculty from Viterbo University are working with staff from the La Crosse County Health Department to provide services such as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, vision and hearing screenings, flu shots, and health education to those in need. The services currently offered by the Health Resource Center are based on needs identified through a community assessment conducted this summer by Caring, Inc. staff.

According to Stephanie Genz, the Caring, Inc. project coordinator, the response from clients and students has been positive. "Our clients have been actively involved with our programs and activities. And our students have found working with the clients to be a memorable learning experience because they’ve really been touched by some of the people they’ve met. So not only are our students positively affecting the health and lives of our clients, but our clients are positively impacting our students," said Genz.

She added, "The center provides a vital service to certain populations in our community and it’s unique because it allows the three organizations involved in Caring, Inc. to pool resources and manpower and do more for the medically underserved in our community together than we could apart."

The Health Resource Center is open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Short for "Caring, Assessment, Resources, and Intervention through Nursing Guidance," Caring, Inc. is designed to serve the community’s health and enhance student learning. The program’s goals are to: Provide access to health promotion activities through the Health Resource Center; strengthen nursing curriculum by providing nursing students with a significant public health nursing experience meeting the health needs of a medically underserved population; and to establish an ongoing academic-community partnership with potential for expansion to include students in other health professions and disciplines.

For more information on Caring, Inc., contact Stephanie Genz, project director, at 608-796-3693 or email her at srgenz@viterbo.edu.

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