Health programs

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    Integrative Behavioral Health Clinic (IBHC)

    Provides behavioral healthcare through therapy and support groups for persons who are uninsured or unable to afford low cost, high quality care.

    IBHC offers comprehensive assessments for mental health and other health needs; psychoeducational groups on topics such as substance abuse and coping skills; and clinical services including counseling (for individuals, couples and family), case management and crisis intervention.

    IBHC also offers the following support groups:

    • Sustainable Treatment and Goal Exploration Support (STAGES) is a weekly substance abuse treatment program that focuses on supporting individuals’ unique path towards the life they want. This is not a 12-step program and abstinence is not required for membership. Must be 18 or older to attend. Group meets every Thursday 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
    • The Grief & Loss Support Group is a free 12-week program. The group meets weekly on Mondays 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Check back here for 2019 meeting dates.

    The students who provide the services are currently enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Missouri School of Social Work and are under the direct supervision of licensed clinical social workers.

    Clinic hours are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and free childcare is provided during appointments. Referrals are now being accepted. To begin any of these services, call 573-882-2428.

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    MedZou Community Health Clinic

    Provides free primary healthcare to the uninsured or those who are waiting for their coverage to begin.

    This student-operated medical clinic focuses on providing high quality patient care to uninsured residents of Central Missouri, while also advocating on behalf of our patients regarding access to medical care and other basic needs.

    NEW PATIENTS
    Thank you for your interest in scheduling an appointment with MedZou. In order to ensure that you receive the best possible medical care, we screen all new patients through the Family Health Center (FHC). Please call the FHC at 573-214-2314 or 877-677-4342 and ask for Anna Hoskins or another social worker and tell them that you need to be screened for MedZou. The FHC will then provide MedZou with the contact information for all screened patients, so that we can contact you to schedule your visit. Please remember to bring the following to your appointment:

    • Photo ID (if available)
    • List of all your current medications
    • Income information (see below)

    RETURNING PATIENTS
    To schedule an appointment, please call 573-356-2499 or email MedZou. Please remember to bring the following to your appointment:

    • List of all your current medications
    • Income information (see below)

    INCOME INFORMATION
    We ask MedZou patients to bring income information to their appointments. We know that this is a sensitive topic for patients, so it is your decision if you would like to bring your financial information. Your income information will not affect your medical care at MedZou. However, it can help you obtain expensive medications for free through the Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) offered by drug companies. Some forms of income information accepted by drug companies are listed below, with the best forms listed first.

    • Last year’s federal tax returns (Form 1040). If you filed taxes last year but don’t have a copy of your form, we can help you obtain a copy.
    • Last month’s wage statements
    • Proof of unemployment
    • Proof of food stamps

    HOURS AND SERVICES
    The MedZou primary care clinic is open every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The services* we provide include:

    • Free primary and preventative medical care
    • Free specialty care during Monday clinics
    • Free pharmacy consultation on prescription medications
    • Most medications are free through the University Pharmacy
    • Patient Assistance Program that helps patients obtain expensive, name-brand medications for free
    • Free social work consultation and referrals to local community agencies
    • Free HIV/AIDS testing and influenza vaccines
    • Free smoking cessation
    • Free laboratory testing
    • Free onsite EKGs
    • Longitudinal care for patients with chronic disease and complex social issues
    • Outreach to local homeless shelters and social services, including patient screening and education
    • Interpreter phone for those who prefer medical information in a language other than English
    • Medical case management services for those who have more complex health
    • Patient advocacy and medical care coordination, especially for patients with limited financial and social resources. This includes referrals to specialists and imaging that we cannot provide at MedZou.

    We also offer specialty clinics on Mondays. They include:

    • Diabetes Clinic: Endocrinologists (doctors who specialize in diabetes and other endocrine disorders) and ophthalmologists (eye doctors) work with medical students to provide a one-stop clinic for patients with diabetes.
    • Dermatology Clinic: Dermatologists (skin doctors) are available to both diagnose and treat many common skin disorders and, if necessary, perform biopsies.
    • Musculoskeletal (MSK) Clinic: Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians (bone and muscle doctors) work with students to help people with bone, muscle, tissue and nervous system problems. They also prescribe physical therapy and help with some forms of pain as needed.
    • Neurology Clinic: Neurologists (brain doctors) and student teams assist patients with neuropathic pain, seizures and other concerns that may stem from an origin somewhere in the brain.
    • Psychiatry Clinic: Psychiatrists (behavior doctors) are also on hand on the third Thursday of each month during regular primary care clinics to diagnose and treat patients with concerns regarding depression, anxiety and a variety of other disorders.
    • Women’s Health Clinic: This team offers diagnostic cancer testing for those who have had an abnormal Pap smear or breast exam.
    • Gender Affirming Health Clinic: This clinic offers hormone replacement therapy.

    Unfortunately, we are unable to provide services for emergency healthcare or prescriptions for controlled substances.

    *Please note that while we do our best to provide comprehensive, free medical care to patients, we do not provide every service at every clinic. We pledge to do our best to keep everything as free or low-cost to each patient, but we are not always obligated to provide all of these services free-of-charge. This is especially true with medication. Please talk with your health care provider at MedZou about any concerns you might have.

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    Nutrition Counseling

    One-on-one counseling sessions that can cover a range of nutrition and health topics based on your needs.

    Nutrition counseling services offered include help with meal planning, budget-friendly shopping strategies, healthy eating tips, basic diabetic nutrition counseling, heart healthy nutrition counseling, weight management, family nutrition and more.

    Sessions are offered Thursday nights during MedZou primary care clinics. Services are provided by students from MU’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Counseling sessions typically last 30 minutes to one hour.

    To schedule an appointment, visit the front desk at the MU Family Impact Center or call 573-356-2499.

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    Tiger Pediatrics

    Services provided by this pediatric clinic include vaccinations, sick visits and well-child check-ups.

    Dr. Ellen Thomas of Tiger Pediatrics will see patients every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Services will be available to children age 0-19 who are already or who would like to become Tiger Pediatrics patients.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 573-777-7627.