Auburn University Celebrates Opening of Health Care Clinic at Boykin Community Center

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With a mission to provide access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured in the Auburn community, the Auburn University Health Care and Education Clinic officially opens its doors in the northwest Auburn. The clinic is located at the north end of the Boykin Community Center at 400 Boykin Street, Suite 700.

The opening was commemorated with a ribbon cutting and open house on Tuesday. Representatives from Harrison College of Pharmacy and Auburn University’s College of Nursing, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Auburn city officials attended the dedication.

The clinic is the product of an agreement between Harrison College of Pharmacy and the City of Auburn. As part of the renovation and reinvention of the Boykin Community Center, space has been allocated for a clinic. Although operated by the Harrison College of Pharmacy, or HCOP, the clinic is interprofessional with support from students and faculty in a variety of health care disciplines from the colleges of nursing, liberal arts, humanities, and colleges. education from Auburn, as well as the 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 for the residents of Northwest Auburn and the greater Auburn community,” said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders. “Having access to health care is vital and having a facility like this that is accessible to so many is a great addition to the community.”

Located in the Boykin Community Center in Northwest Auburn, the clinic provides health care services to Auburn residents who are uninsured, underinsured, or insured patients who prefer to access health care in Northwest Auburn. Services include general health and wellness screenings, acute/urgent care services, chronic disease status management, psychosocial assessment, vaccinations and a wellness program for children.

For many, the ability to access health care can be life-changing, and interprofessional clinic outreach efforts 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, HCOP Associate Dean for clinical affairs and outreach. “In addition to providing health care services to those who may not otherwise have access to them, we also offer students the opportunity to learn in an interprofessional setting with a variety of other health care practitioners and students. health.”

Continuing the interprofessional nature of the clinic, the site is also officially approved for one of the first collaborative pharmacy practice agreements for the state of Alabama. Pharmacists Dave Brackett and Fallon Hartsell, along with physician Dennis Scott, are operating under a new agreement granting pharmacists the formal ability to modify, discontinue and initiate medications for specific medical conditions. Scott was recently hired as a physician who will practice at the UA Health Care and Education Clinic and State Wellness Center in Montgomery.

“Having Dr. Scott on board and being one of the first recipients of the Collaborative Practice Agreement in Alabama means a lot to the services and care we can provide,” said Braxton Lloyd.

In addition to services provided to the community, the clinic serves as an education and training center, providing a site for Auburn University students from multiple disciplines to engage with each other and learn to treat patients from various walks of life in real life. setting.

“Interprofessional and experiential education experiences are essential for healthcare students, and we are excited to bring these experiences to Boykin,” said HCOP Acting Dean Timothy Moore. “This collaboration with the City of Auburn reinforces our students’ recognition that they are making an impact in improving health outcomes within the communities where they learn and serve.”

The clinic has received support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Through donations to the HCOP and the College of Nursing, Blue Cross continues its commitment to promoting interprofessional education.

“On behalf of Auburn University, I would like to thank the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Foundation for their support of this clinic,” Moore said. “This clinic would not have been possible without their commitment and partnership with Harrison College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing. Thanks to their support, the clinic is now a reality that will continue to support the surrounding community.

The Auburn University Health Care and Education Clinic is currently open Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, patients can call 334-844-8911, email [email protected] or visit pharmacy.auburn.edu/boykin.

Jill E. Washington