The Bread of Healing Clinic is a free medical clinic designed to serve low-income, uninsured adults with chronic health conditions who experience barriers to accessing ongoing health care. It is the largest free clinic in the region and serves as a model for similar clinics. This clinic is one of the few that factors in social determinants of health when treating patients.
Primary Focus: Medical, dental, and mental health care for the uninsured
Lutheran Affiliation: ELCA
Operating Budget: $1,242,570
Programs: The Bread of Healing Clinic uses a holistic health model geared toward encouraging self-sufficiency. It supports patients in managing their health and moving away from using emergency services for medical care. BOHC’s Trauma-informed Services supports the emotional health and resiliency of low-income, uninsured adults in Milwaukee. People living in poverty have limited access to consistent health care, especially mental health care, sometimes solely using emergency rooms, and often visit the clinic with acute situations that could have been prevented with a consistent medical provider. Trauma-informed services address root causes and helps patients develop skills that support their work, family, and their connection to the community.
Who is Served: Patients are typically low-income, uninsured adults with chronic health conditions─50% are African American and 16% are Hispanic. Patients are generally between 100% and 250% of the federal poverty level. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) tool measures risk for health problems due to childhood trauma. 50% of BOHC patients have ACE scores that indicate a high level of trauma compared to 10-15% of the general population who score at this level.
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