Pillsbury House Clinic Receives $5000 Grant

Kate Martin | December 21, 2011

The grant from the Seward Community Fund to purchase supplies and equipment

Pillsbury House students

The Pillsbury House Integrated Health Clinic, a community clinic operated by Northwestern Health Sciences University, recently received its first grant. The clinic received a $5,000 grant from the Seward Community Fund to purchase supplies and equipment.

"Until now, the clinic has been supported almost solely by Northwestern," said Michele Renée, DC, chief of staff at the clinic. "This grant is our first donation; it's terribly exciting!"

The grant money will be used for patient education materials; and equipment such as a new massage table and adjustable rolling stools.

Established in 2007, the Pillsbury House Clinic is a collaborative effort among Northwestern; the University of Minnesota's Medical School, School of Nursing, and the Center for Spirituality and Healing; and the Adler Graduate School. Students studying chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, psychology and health coaching team up with nursing and medical students to provide free integrative health care. The clinic is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in South Minneapolis, and many patients are from the surrounding area and have no health coverage.

The mission of the clinic was a good fit for the grant proposal. The Seward Community Fund was created by Seward Co-op to fund local initiatives that benefit the communities served by the nearby co-op. "The Seward Community Fund strives to keep money in the community, hoping to have the funds reinvested in the community for years to come," notes Dr. Renée. "We are also making an investment in the improved health and well being of our community with our clinic."

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