We are grateful to new and long-time funders for a number of generous grants in 2016!
An award of $25,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation to enhance our clinical services through additional staffing and the implementation of an Electronic Health Record.
Kaiser Permanente awarded us a grant of $15,000 on behalf of our longtime board member and Kaiser employee, James Schroeder, to enable us to use our new, larger space to its full potential by expanding visit capacity and making sure we are visible to and reaching our target patient population.
Finally, at the end of 2016, we were notified of two big awards, both for capacity-building support in 2017:
- A three-year grant of $150,000 from Meyer Memorial Trust to expand services, visibility and revenue by increasing provider hours and hiring development staff.
- A $41,000 grant from Cambia Health Foundation to expand services and position North by Northeast as a leader in personalized, high quality, cost-effective care for the African American community.
Tiara Simpson joined the North by Northeast family as our Medical Assistant in July 2016. Since 2010 Tiara has served as an Army Medic in the National Guard, where she performs blood draws and immunizations for Oregon’s National Guard soldiers as part of their physical health assessments. In her role at North by Northeast she is a “bridge” between our clinical staff and our patients – she contacts patients with test results, makes sure they get the preventive care that is needed, coordinates with specialty providers and rooms patients for office visits. While working at North by Northeast Tiara is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in health science at PSU and plans to apply to medical school. Dr. Jill says, “I love working with Tiara! She is smart, focused, personable, efficient and inquisitive. All these qualities make her a great asset to our team and will serve her well in her career as a physician.” As for Tiara, she’s pretty happy too. “I’m so proud to be part of this clinic. North by Northeast is a sign of hope to people in the community. This is not just another job - it doesn’t even feel like work because I’m learning so much and get to spend time with people I consider my extended family. It’s different every day and I love getting to know our patients and hearing their stories.” When not in class or at work, Tiara enjoys spending time with her family and doing craft projects.
A longtime NxNE patient and retired London firefighter, Pete came for a visit and described some worrisome symptoms to Dr. Michele Babaie – fainting one night before bed, lightheadedness and stomach upset. Pete (pictured at right with Dr. Babaie) isn’t one to complain and might have avoided seeking care altogether or glossed over these symptoms during a visit. He trusted the staff at North by Northeast and knew he would be treated well and get solid advice. Dr. Babaie took the time to get the full story and recognized how serious the situation could be. She sent Pete and his wife Michelle straight to the Legacy Emanuel emergency room, where he was admitted to the hospital. Further testing showed an almost complete blockage of one of his main coronary arteries. A week later he underwent triple bypass surgery. The cardiologist told him that this condition is called “the widowmaker,” and that it was only a matter of days or weeks before he’d have had a catastrophic and likely fatal heart attack.
Pete says, “No doubt, the fact that Dr. Babaie sent me in right away saved my life.” His wife Michelle, also an NxNE patient, has a new appreciation for our staff – “I always felt with the North by Northeast folks that I had someone who was advocating for me, but I didn’t appreciate how important that was before this, how it could be a matter of life and death. This has been a revelation. What you are doing here is really special.”
Community Supper: A 10th Anniversary Benefit for North by Northeast Community Health Center
Please join us to mark our 10th anniversary and celebrate our new home. This community supper will be a chance to reflect on our first ten years, share a meal together and raise money for our next decade of growth.
This is going to be an evening where we shine a light on those who make the critical work of North by Northeast happen, and that includes you. There will be great entertainment and food, as well as music, fun silent & live auctions, a wine wall and a raffle…all to support the work of NxNE.
When: Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:30 PM
Where: Melody Ballroom | 615 SE Alder Street | Portland, OR 97214
We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Please visit the event website (URL below) to purchase tickets.
If you have an auction item you would like to donate please give Suzy Jeffreys a call at (503) 946-6380.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available; for more information, please call our office at (503) 287-4932.
We did it. All of us!
At the end of 2015 we were looking back with pride over our accomplishments that year, but we were also getting desperate in our search for a new space. Cascade was moving forward with their plans for redeveloping the Garlington Center property, and our lease had an end date of August 31, 2016. Despite working with an experienced real estate broker and leveraging our community connections, all of our leads had come to a dead end. There was lots of new construction in the neighborhood, but it was out of our price range. We began to experience first hand what so many community members face when they look for housing in the neighborhood they have called home for years. We considered moving farther east, something many of our patients have had to do. But when we talked with them about this, we heard the same message over and over; our patients were adamant that our presence in inner Northeast was important to them.
We redoubled our efforts and started looking for temporary space while a more permanent solution could be developed. But even our search for a temporary location came up empty.
Then, one day last October we ran into a friend who asked how our search was going. He mentioned that members of his family owned property on Alberta Street where they had run a successful business for decades. The business was no longer operating and they were in the process of deciding whether to sell the property. The family was very interested in our mission and excited about continuing the legacy of the building in service to the African American community. We started working out the details and put together a top notch design and construction team, hoping to begin construction this past May. When a very generous donor stepped up with a pledge of $50,000 toward the project, we knew we were on our way. We were awarded $366,000 from the Portland Development Commission to cover 80% of the construction costs. Permitting delays complicated things a bit (and gave us all a few more gray hairs), but Cascade extended our lease for two months and we moved into our beautiful new home on October 17th!
We are so grateful to the hundreds of you who together helped us raise over $100,000 to complete the project. Our relocation team worked tirelessly to keep the project on schedule and on budget: B&G Builders, STACK Architecture, SIsu Design Group and Nest NW.
Our new address is 714 NE Alberta Street; if you’re in the neighborhood, we’d love to give you a tour of our new space space. Please stop by!