La Crosse health clinic expands

Clinic expands to family members of students

La Crosse health clinic expands

A free La Crosse health clinic is now expanding its coverage to more people.

Since the fall of 2015, Your Northside Neighborhood Clinic has been operating inside of Northside and Coulee Montessori Schools.

It offers various health services for students at the school.

But now it is expanding those services to family members of those students, hoping to create a new gathering place in the heart of the community.

Trudi Lefebre has worked as a nurse at Your Northside Neighborhood Clinic since last October.

"It feels wonderful,” Lefebre said. “They're so grateful and they're very thankful for helping them, because some of these people have nowhere to go."

So far Lefebre and other volunteers have helped about 60 students since the clinic opened during the last year and a half.

"We do anything from urinary tract infections, we can check for strep, we can do physicals, we can do hearing tests,” Lefebre said.

Because of the success of the program, they have now expanded to provide care for parents and family of students at Northside or Coulee Montessori School.

"A lot of times they still feel like they have to pay, and its completely free,” Lefebre said. “They see the physicians for free, they get their testing done for free, and all they have to do is walk out."

They said the clinic is already making a difference.

"If we can take care of their health, then they can focus on their school,” Lefebre said.

But the expansion is all an effort to make the school a centerpiece of the community.

"I think a visual metaphor would be a lighted schoolhouse,” Northside and Coulee Montessori School principal Laura Huber said. “The idea is that almost 24/7, but maybe not at this point in time, the school is serving as a place for the community to get support, to gather, to exchange information, to celebrate, to enjoy each other, and also to educate the children."

And for Lefebre,  her goal is to make that vision happen.

"There are people who need us,” Lefebre said. “There are always ways to volunteer and make our community even better."

The clinic is offering an open house Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at the clinic inside Northside and Coulee Montessori School.

The clinic will also be offering free hearing tests during the event.

The clinic does fluctuate hours, but is usually open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the school year.

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