Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers To Expand Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services Through $1 Million Grant From Aurora's Better Together Fund

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Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC), which provides clinical care and behavioral health services for Milwaukee’s vulnerable population, plans to broaden community access to both primary care and mental health care thanks to a $1 million grant from the Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund.

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“We are honored to receive this gift from Aurora,” said Julie Schuller, MD, executive vice president and vice president of clinical affairs for SSCHC. “The increase in capacity this grant makes possible allows us to provide comprehensive care to more individuals and improve the overall health of our community.”

SSCHC provides clinical care and behavioral health services for Milwaukee’s vulnerable population and served over 35,000 people in 2014, many of whom took advantage of the clinic’s behavioral health services. SSCHC’s primary care and behavioral health departments look forward to using the grant money to expand and further increase the community’s access to quality care.

With the grant, SSCHC is particularly excited to expand its behavioral health care services. The clinic plans to hire new psychologists, therapists, and advanced practice nurse prescribers and is exploring facility sites as well.

In addition to the $1 million grant for SSCHC, Aurora’s Better Together Fund, a $10 million charitable fund created to help address the increased need of access to community healthcare, has also gifted funds to five other federally qualified health centers and 15 free clinics across eastern Wisconsin.

“Through our Better Together Fund, we’re proud to support like-minded organizations that are striving to create better access points to health care for all,” said Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care.

About Sixteenth Street
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers is celebrating more than 45 years of helping and healing our community, providing quality, family-based health care, health education and social services free from linguistic, cultural and economic barriers. In 2014, more than 35,000 individuals relied on Sixteenth Street for adult and pediatric medical services, behavioral health counseling and treatment, chronic disease management and supportive social services. Sixteenth Street is accredited by The Joint Commission and recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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