The Clinic Beat – July 2018

Westside clinic began their monthly Women’s Health Clinic in Grant City on July 26th. Westside will provide services from the Grant City location at 16 West on the 4th Thursday of each month.

The agency rolled out a more efficient platform to manage computer work utilizing thin clients. This enhancement frees up space and reduces equipment needs.

Effective 9-1-18 HEALTH (Helping Everyone Achieve Long Term Health), a program created by the leadership of the Social Welfare Board (SWB), St. Joe Public Health and 25 other agencies, will move to CAP St. Joe. Since HEALTH’s inception in 2015 it has been managed by the SWB. The past two years, a grant from MOSAIC has funded HEALTH. By moving HEALTH from the SWB to CAP, the program will no longer rely on competitive and uncertain grant funds as CAP will be able to absorb the costs and expand the program. This program is a testament to the mission of each safety net organization making up HEALTH as they recognize one’s health is directly linked to their level of income. Early on the group re-alized in order to improve the level of health for the impoverished, they had to address the barriers that keep people in a persistent state of poverty.


July 2018 – Clinic Beat

The Clinic Beat – June 2018

The clinic’s 2017-2018 fiscal year concluded on June 30th with the following accomplishments:

 Provided 13,746 medical and women’s health visits;

 Provided 3,043 dental visits and 925 hygiene visits;

 Concluded year 3 for the HEALTH program, a collaboration with 26 community organizations that pro-vides a framework to reduce the barriers that keep folks in a persistent state of poverty;

 Began year one of the third cycle of being a recognized patent centered medical home through NCQA;

 Continue to partner with MOSAIC’s Advocacy Program to house a patient advocate at the clinic to pro-cess necessary financial information;

 Completed year 3 of the Family Planning contract;

 After managing the HOME Unit, a wrap-around program for the Homeless, moved it to Northwest Health;

 Completed the 2nd year of LifeChangers, a monthly engaged giving program through the Friends of the Free Clinic.


June 2018 – Clinic Beat

The Clinic Beat – May 2018

Westside is one of three clinics within the Social Welfare Board that provides reproductive health services, early detection for breast and cervical cancers, female and testicular cancer, as well as important STD screenings. Because of the many programs Westside is able to leverage, numerous payer sources are accepted. Cost of services are waived for people with earnings below 100% of the poverty level. The Social Welfare Board is also a partner with Show Me Healthy Woman, which means if a person is en-rolled in this program before a cancer diagnosis is made, the cost of their cancer treatment is paid.


May 2018 – Clinic Beat

The Clinic Beat – April 2018

What is a LifeChanger?

A LifeChanger of the Friends of the Free Clinic is an individual who makes an on-going commitment of financial support, either monthly or yearly.

A LifeChanger donor comforts fears, treats sickness, heals wounds, and restores lives of those less fortunate in St. Joseph, MO and Buchanan County through their support of the Friends of the Free Clinic and the Social Welfare Board.


April 2018 – Clinic Beat

The Clinic Beat – March 2018

On March 28th 16 appointed community members attended the Social Welfare Board’s dental program presentation o determine the need for CDBG

(Community Development Block Grant) funding. The Committee ended up recommending full funding of $85,000 with a high performance rating.

Thank you to this committed committee for your diligent work!


March 2018 – Clinic Beat

The Clinic Beat – February 2018

In February the Social Welfare Board received a high level recognition as a patient centered medical home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The benefits of this recognition include:

Improved Quality: Patients get the treatment that they need, when

they need it. Reduces costs: as patients are able to avoid expensive

hospitalizations, emergency room visits and complications. This is especially true for patients with complex chronic conditions.

Improves the patient experience:

A PCMH provides the personalized, comprehensive coordinated care that patients want.

Improve staff satisfaction: PCMHs have systems and structures that help staff work more efficiently.

February 2018 Clinic Beat

The Clinic Beat – January 2018

Our Mission

To promote and provide quality healthcare to the underserved population residing in the City of St. Joseph and Buchanan County in a

safe, respectful and compassionate manner


January 2018

The Clinic Beat – March/April 2016

The clinics of the Social Welfare Board continue to provide much needed services to the uninsured residents of Buchanan County, living with annual incomes of $23,540.00 or less. Even with the options available through the Affordable Care Act, 14% of Buchanan County residents ages 18-64 years, do not have health insurance. This translates to approximately 12,000 of our neighbors and friends are uninsured with limited funds.

Social Welfare Board’s Westside Clinic is accepting new patients for Family Planning services. Sliding fee and Medicaid payment options are available. Call 816-344-5233 for an appointment.



On the Beat – January and February 2016

On March 22, 2016 the Friends of the Free Clinic will host the 6th Annual St. Joseph’s Day celebration at the Pony Express Museum. Mosaic Life Care will be honored at this event by receiving the 2016 Morton / Stuber Humanitarian Award for their generosity in providing exemplary medical care and services to the underserved of our Community. Proceeds from the event will help support the health care the Social Welfare Board provides to the patients of the Social Welfare Board. Social Welfare Board’s Westside clinic is accepting new patients for Family Planning services. The Westside clinic is open 45 hours a week. Sliding fee and Medicaid payment options available. Call 816-344-5233 for an appointment. Go to for additional information. For more information, please click the link below: