York clinic receives grant to reach more minorities

Katherine Ranzenberger

For Katallasso, $5,000 means bringing diverse services to more people in York City.

Nurse Margaret Thoman attends to Theresa Holland of York City during a appointment Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at the Katallasso Family Health Center. The health center just received a $5,000 Grant for Healthy Living in Ethnic Communities, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Amanda J. Cain photo

The faith-based free clinic in the city is receiving the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Grant for Healthy Living in Ethnic Communities on Thursday. Brian Kreeger, president and executive director of Katallasso, said the money will help the organization reach the Hispanic and Latino populations in York County.

"We pride ourselves on taking care of diverse communities," he said. "We recognize the potential for serving those people, and we want to."

Katallasso has served more than 1,200 people since it opened in January 2013. Kreeger said 43 percent of the people they serve are from a minority group — and of those, 22 percent are Hispanic.

"We'd like to better reach out to them," he said.

Part of the grant will go toward marketing, and another part will go toward services. Part of the marketing campaign and services planned is translating pamphlets and materials the free clinic already has from English to Spanish.

On Saturday, Katallasso is hosting its annual Health Festival, which will bring together community members and health care service providers from around York County. The first block of South Belvidere Avenue, where the clinic is located, will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Katallasso Family Health Center Executive Director Brian Kreeger. Amanda J. Cain photo

Kreeger said providers from WellSpan Health, Memorial Hospital, Family First Health and more will be there to give out educational information to people. There will be activities for kids as well, including a bounce house and face painting.

Last year, more than 200 people came out to the Health Festival, and Kreeger said he's hoping even more will come this year.

Katallasso provides services for routine wellness care, non-emergency care, physical therapy and biblical counseling. For more information on the free clinic, visit KatImpact.org or call 717-885-5637.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDKatherine.