For residents of Cottage Grove, east Greensboro, this clinic is precisely what the physician ordered | Native information
Mulberry knew she wanted to find a way to help these people.
While attending a conference, she came across a seminar called the Empowering Community Healthcare Outreach Program, which provides churches and nonprofit groups with a blueprint for developing nonprofit health clinics.
“I came back and said, ‘This can be done,'” recalls Mulberry.
And then some things just happened.
This included Mulberry having a long conversation with Beth McKee-Huger, who was then the executive director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition, at a health fair.
At about the same time, Macfoy had met Councilor Sharon Hightower, who represents the district, in a grocery store. As he leaned over bags of soda chips, Hightower listened and said, “I need to put you in touch with Dr. Beth.”
Mulberry says patients at the Mustard Seed Clinic – which gets its name from Biblical writings on the impossible – cannot be easily classified. Many have jobs but no insurance. Others cannot squeeze the money for medical care out of the family budget.
Seeing a patient costs the clinic about $ 250. Most patients are uninsured and pay around $ 20 per visit.
The clinic accepts insurance, including private plans and Medicaid. Those without insurance are screened for the Guilford Community Care Network’s “Orange Card” program, which sets a graduated fee for medical services, laboratory work, and medication.