The CHC provides comprehensive health care for Amish and non-Amish children with rare disorders and their families. All children are welcome at the CHC. Comprehensive care means that patients have access to well-rounded, high quality medical care and support services.
The Community Health Clinic provides comprehensive health care for Amish and non-Amish children and adults with rare disorders and their families. In addition to patients having access to well-rounded, high quality medical care and support services, the clinic also coordinates care for patients through collaborative relationships with external organizations.
Integral to the Community Health Clinic’s comprehensive care model is the on-site availability of specialty services. The clinic’s medical staff provide the following services:
- Clinical GeneticsClinical GenticsClinical genetics is an area of medical care pertaining to genetic diseases. Genetic diseases may be passed on in families (inherited) or may occur for the first time in a child without a family history. Clinical genetics services are performed by a specialized doctor (clinical geneticist) and a medical team trained to care for individuals with rare genetic diseases. Clinical genetics services include, but are not limited to:
- Pre-conception (before pregnancy) and/or prenatal (while pregnant) counseling and genetic testing when needed or requested
- Screenings for inborn errors
- Screenings for diseases known to be in a family
- Laboratory monitoring, genetic testing, and diagnosis
- Laboratory Monitoring and Genetic Testing and DiagnosisLaboratory Monitoring and Genetic Testing and DiagnosisGenetic and metabolic disorders require highly specialized testing for diagnosis and treatment. Many conditions also require frequent monitoring to prevent metabolic crisis. The Community Health Clinic collaborates with laboratories nationwide to ensure the most up-to-date testing is available to our patients and negotiates with the laboratories to ensure patients can obtain required testing at the best prices.
- Genetic counseling servicesGenetic counseling servicesThe Community Health Clinic offers genetic counseling to patients and families of patients with known or suspected genetic diseases. Genetic counseling includes a detailed review of the family medical history, discussion of how diseases are passed on in families, education about genetics, and counseling about testing options.
- Financial counseling assistance for medical billsFinancial counseling assistance for medical billsLocated at The Community Health Clinic is the Plain Church Group Ministry (PCGM). PCGM offers financial assistance for medical bills and provides a significant reduction in the cost of medical care for the Plain communities. This is done though bill negotiation and payment. The PCGM does research on laboratory and diagnostic procedures, analyzes the quality of the service and offers counseling assistance for our patients. For more information, please contact The Community Health Clinic at: 260-593-0108.
- Nutrition services including discounted medical food and formulaNutrition services including discounted medical food and formulaNutrition services topics include menu planning, label reading, and identifying and understanding the content of food and/or nutritional supplements. The Community Health Clinic has access to The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database and other resources that independently evaluate complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. Sharlene Herington, RDN, CD, Metabolic Dietitian will review the pros and cons about these therapies with you.
- Occupational Therapy ServicesOccupational Therapy ServicesThis service helps children with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations! For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Missy Newcomer at 574-903-5457.
- Speech Therapy ServicesSpeech Therapy ServicesSpeech therapists provide services when a family member has a medical diagnosis that affects communication and/or feeding ability. The Community Health Clinic offers speech therapy services for patients age birth through adulthood. Susan Salee, CCC-SLP, is committed to helping others communicate, succeed in school, and take nutrition to the best of their abilities. Patients, family members, and caregivers are provided knowledge and support to make this possible. Direct therapy, consultations, and home programs are available depending on the needs of the client and family, and therapy frequency varies from weekly, to monthly, to quarterly. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Susan Salee at: 574-596-8087.
- AudiologyAudiologyAn Audiologist uses audiometers, computers, and other devices to test patients' hearing ability, balance, determine the extent of hearing damage, and identify the underlying cause. The Community Health Clinic has equipment to detect hearing problems in newborns, children, and adult patients. An Audiologist is onsite every Thursday. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please contact The Family Hearing Center: 574-533-2222.
- Medical Home Services and Care CoordinationMedical Home Services and Care CoordinationMedical home services and Care Coordination, also known as the patient-centered medical home, is a team-based health care delivery model led by a health care provider. It is intended to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes. Services include: appointment scheduling, addressing transportation issues and financial concerns, referral to outside resources, and proactively addressing any other questions and concerns a family may have. For more information, please contact The Community Health Clinic at: 260-593-0108.
- Cardiopulmonary or heart-lung resuscitation (CPR) classesCardiopulmonary or heart-lung resuscitation (CPR) classesThe Community Health Clinic is now offering free First Aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary or heart-lung resuscitation) classes in Topeka, Indiana, or at a location for your group of up to 10 people. The three-hour classes are taught by a firefighter and paramedic, open to all ages, and offer basic certification through the American Heart Association. Donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the classes.