Health clinic in Greensboro works to better serve its community

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Since first opening in March, Mustard Seed Community Health has made wonderful strides in the Cottage Grove Community of East Greensboro.

“One of the things we want to do over the next couple of years is develop the trust of the community and that’s one way to do it,” said Dr. Beth Mulberry, the clinic’s physician. “To be here, be present, have our activities in their community and being their community.”

Up until it opened, residents went 40 years without easy access to care. Mustard Seed Community Health takes a holistic approach to both primary and behavior health care for uninsured and underinsured community members.

“The doctor spends a good hour with every single patient to get them established and to find out what their living conditions are, their eating habits, all of the things that affect our health,” said Lee Kirkman, the clinic’s Executive Director

Mustard Seed Community Health has teamed up with a variety of community organizations, including the Greensboro Housing Coalition, to make sure all aspects of a patient’s life contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

“If they come in and we simply treat the symptoms of asthma and help them take care of it, they go home to that environment and it’s going to happen over and over again,” said Kirkman. “That’s why we are saying it’s a holistic approach and the partners we have in the Cottage Grove Community are helping us make a difference in these individuals’ lives.”

Dr. Mulberry sees patients for everything from chronic health issues to well-child checkups and vaccinations for school.

“We are seeing some great things happening, but we’re here for the long haul,” Dr. Mulberry said. “We don’t expect to be a short-term solution.”