Nucleus Clinic volunteers and staff will host the annual Spring Wine, Salad and Chocolate Open House 5-8 p.m. April 24.
The event will include a silent auction, door prizes, and complimentary chair massages by Health and Healing Family Chiropractic, Andover, and Reiki care by Sydney Milam, emergency room and sexual assault nurse examiner with Mercy Hospital.
Founded in 1971, Nucleus Clinic (located at 1323 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids) is the only independent, nonprofit family planning and reproductive health clinic in Anoka County, and in a larger area from St. Cloud to St. Paul. The clinic serves approximately 1,000 uninsured or underinsured patients.
Local and national media recently used Nucleus Clinic’s experience with enrolling patients in MNSure to put a human face on the state’s website issues.
Insurance plans are important, said Nucleus Clinic Executive Director Becky Fink, but enrollment is just one step.
“This is the first time many of our patients have had insurance,” Fink said. “They need help understanding some of the basics, like what a deductible or premium is. Thanks to the support we receive from our community, we’re able to help our patients be good consumers of health care services.”
At the open house, visitors will be able to see the examination rooms, meet the staff and volunteers, and learn about what’s happening in health care. For example, information will be shared on the newly formed Sexual and Domestic Violence Coalition of Anoka County, of which Nucleus Clinic is a member.
Guests are invited to make contribution as they are able to help support the patient care provided at Nucleus Clinic.
“Each spring and fall we celebrate access to quality education and care to help prevent unintended pregnancy and untreated sexually transmitted diseases, plus provide cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, and access to affordable reproductive health care,” Fink said. “Our focus is on patient centered education by trained health care professionals.”
About Nucleus Clinic
Nucleus Clinic provides family planning education, birth control, pap smears, testing for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy tests, and other health care related to reproductive and sexual health.
The clinic is a provider of SAGE health care services for women over 40 who are uninsured or underinsured and need mammograms and pap smears. The clinic also works in cooperation with Unity and Mercy hospitals to provide ongoing medical exams and treatments for women who have survived a sexual assault. Services are provided on a sliding fee scale.
For more information, visit NucleusClinic.org or call 763-755-5300.