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Casa de Salud

The entryway of Casa de Salud's building at 3200 Choteau Ave. in St. Louis.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio.

How long is the wait for a Spanish-language therapy session in the St. Louis area, if you don’t have health insurance? A year or more, providers say.

Jorge Riopedre, president of St. Louis-based Casa de Salud, which serves uninsured immigrants and refugees at a clinic on Chouteau Avenue, hopes to change that.

Stakeholders attend a New American Alliance community meeting to discuss ways to better serve and connect with new immigrants to St. Louis.
Jacquelyn Ballard | New American Alliance

Recent immigrants to St. Louis have a new resource they can tap when adjusting to life in the United States.

The New American Alliance is a referral system for immigrants and refugees that started to take shape this past summer.

For example, if a recent refugee needs help finding a job, access to healthcare, or an affordable place to live, the Alliance reviews their situation and connects them to an organization that can help.

Casa de Salud sits at 3200 Chouteau Avenue in Midtown. 01/15/15
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Five years ago, an old auto repair shop re-opened its doors as a community health center to serve uninsured people, many of them Hispanic immigrants. Today, more than 400 people walk through its doors each month.  

On Friday, Casa de Salud marked the fifth anniversary of its first patient visit. Anna Castro has worked as the clinic’s receptionist since the beginning, assisting patients who don’t have health insurance due to their employer, their immigration status or lack of resources.

Missouri Couny-Level Report, 2011 Comparative risk factors and chronic diseases and conditions

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Eduardo Crespi says he puts in long hours promoting healthy habits among blacks and Latinos in the Columbia and Joplin regions of Missouri. Poli Rijos does the same in the St. Louis area. But the two and others like them still have plenty of work to do, judging from findings in two statewide reports from the Missouri Foundation for Health.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 14, 2011 - Hola and welcome to Casa de Salud (House of Health). Nuestra casa es su casa (Our home is your home!) -- and that my friends is the extent of my Spanish. Obviously, I am not Hispanic, and so many people ask me why am I so passionate about serving the Hispanic community. In the simplest possible terms, it is because they are here and need our help and because they offer our community an opportunity for population growth and increased economic prosperity.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 8, 2011 - Bob Fox's story typifies the up-by-your-bootstraps mentality of the American Dream: His Yiddish-speaking grandparents immigrated to America from Poland. His father grew into a successful businessman with only a 10th-grade education.

Now, Fox lives to "pay it forward" by providing the new wave of Hispanic immigrants with culturally sensitive health care at Casa de Salud, Spanish for "house of health."