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SIXTEENTH STREET COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MURAL UNVEILING ON CHAVEZ CLINIC WALL
Mural unveiling with remarks from Health Commissioner marks 50th Anniversary for community staple
Milwaukee, Wis. (May 8, 2019) – In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers today announced the unveiling of a mural on an exterior wall of its Chavez Clinic. Sixteenth Street will hold a press conference with special remarks from Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik, Representative JoCasta Zamarripa and mural artist, Mauricio Ramirez, on Thursday, May 9 at 11am at 1032 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive.
Sixteenth Street began in a converted jewelry store on the south side of Milwaukee with a few passionate individuals who came together to provide health education, information and referrals to people of the community. 50 years later, Sixteenth Street is one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers in the state, with four full service bilingual clinics, a satellite geriatric clinic, five in-school clinics, the largest WIC clinic in Wisconsin, myriad supplemental services and hundreds of partnerships across the community and city at large. While the clinics are the backbone of the organization, Sixteenth Street is proud to be recognized as more than a health clinic, but rather as an integrated member of the neighborhoods it serves.
“Sixteenth Street prides itself on knowing from day one it was essential to reach well beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address social determinants that greatly impact one’s health,” said Dr. Julie Schuller, President and CEO of Sixteenth Street. “As the only source of healthcare for much of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable population, our mission has been grounded in not only in providing high quality medical and behavioral health care, but in giving individuals and families the support and services they need in the community to make wellness a sustainable reality.”
The 50th anniversary lends a time to reflect on the past, embrace the present and look ahead to the future. At the core of this journey is Sixteenth Street’s community which, despite its socioeconomic challenges, is filled with vibrancy, resiliency and hope. The mural is a reflection of the generations the agency has cared for and its relationship with a community that has given as much to Sixteenth Street as it has received.
“The mural is a lasting gift to express our love for and dedication to the neighborhoods we’re privileged to serve, to celebrate our community and its rich culture, and to thank all our community members for their inspiration, trust and partnership - because after all, we all need to work together to build a healthy community,” said Schuller.
About Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
For almost 50 years, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers has been helping and healing our community, providing quality, family-based health care, health education and social services free from linguistic, cultural and economic barriers. Nearly 40,000 individuals rely on Sixteenth Street for adult and pediatric medical services, behavioral health counseling and treatment, chronic disease management, supportive social services and health education. Sixteenth Street is accredited by The Joint Commission and recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Learn more at www.sschc.org.
This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.