With a mission to bring healthcare access to the uninsured and underinsured in the Auburn community, Auburn University Health Care and Education Clinic officially opens its doors in northwest Auburn. The clinic is located at the north end of the Boykin Community Center at 400 Boykin St., Suite 700.
On Tuesday the opening was commemorated with a ribbon cutting and open day. The cutting of the ribbon was attended by representatives from the Harrison College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing at Auburn University, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and officials from the city of Auburn.
The clinic is the result of an agreement between Harrison College of Pharmacy and the City of Auburn. Space was made available for a clinic as part of the renovation and redesign of the Boykin Community Center. While administered by Harrison College of Pharmacy, or HCOP, the clinic is interprofessional with support from students and faculty in a variety of health disciplines from Auburn’s Colleges of Nursing, Liberal Arts, Humanities and Education, and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“We are very excited about the opening of the clinic at the Boykin Community Center and what it means to residents of Northwest Auburn and the wider Auburn community,” said Ron Anders, Mayor of Auburn. “Access to health care is vital and a facility like this that is accessible to so many is a great asset to the community.”
The clinic is located in the Boykin Community Center in Northwest Auburn and provides healthcare services to Auburn residents who are uninsured, underinsured, or insured patients who prefer access to healthcare in Northwest Auburn. Services include general health and wellness screening, acute/emergency care, chronic condition management, psychosocial assessment, immunizations and a children’s wellness program.
For many, access to health care can be life-changing, and the outreach of the interprofessional clinic can have a significant impact.
“This clinic is a perfect example of how we fit into Auburn’s Land Grant mission to serve and care for the people of Alabama,” said Kimberly Braxton Lloyd, associate dean of clinical affairs and public relations at HCOP. “In addition to providing healthcare services to those who might not otherwise have access, we also offer students the opportunity to learn in an interprofessional environment with a variety of other healthcare practitioners and students.”
To further the clinic’s interprofessional nature, the site is also officially approved for one of the first pharmacy collaboration agreements in the state of Alabama. Pharmacists Dave Brackett and Fallon Hartsell are collaborating with physician Dennis Scott under a new agreement that gives pharmacists the official ability to modify, discontinue and introduce drugs for specific disease states. Scott was recently hired as a physician who will practice at the AU Health Care and Education Clinic and State Wellness Center in Montgomery.
“Dr. Having Scott on board and being one of the first beneficiaries of the collaborative agreement in Alabama means so much to the services and care we are able to provide,” said Braxton Lloyd.
In addition to providing services to the community, the clinic serves as an education and training center, providing Auburn University students from a variety of disciplines with a place to connect and learn how patients from diverse backgrounds are treated in the real life setting.
“Interprofessional and experiential educational experiences are critical for healthcare students, and we are excited to offer those experiences at Boykin,” said HCOP Interim Dean Timothy Moore. “This collaboration with the City of Auburn furthers our students’ recognition of their impact in improving health outcomes in the communities where they learn and serve.”
The clinic was supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Blue Cross continues its commitment to advancing interprofessional education through donations to the HCOP and the College of Nursing.
“On behalf of Auburn University, I would like to thank the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation for their support of this clinic,” said Moore. “This clinic would not have been possible without their dedication and partnership with Harrison College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing. Because of their support, the clinic is now a reality that will continue to support the surrounding community.”
Auburn University Health and Education Hospital is currently open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, patients can call 334-844-8911, email [email protected], or visit the website pharmacy.auburn.edu/boykin.