Quindaro Family Health Care Staff
is a street in Kansas City, Kansas, a street in a neighborhood which is as down in the heels as any neighborhood in the country.
The Quindaro area has a higher proportion of deserted houses and lots with homes razed and owned by the County
than any other neighborhood in the Kansas City area. Many of the remaining occupied homes are cited by the county and awaiting
demolition. Some of the residents live in their cars because the houses have been condemned. Not unexpectedly, other statistics
are dismal. High crime, low educational levels, lack of resources, and serious untended medical problems plague the families
in the area. This area is home to the largest public
housing project in Kansas, Juniper Gardens.
The demographics of the area zip codes are harsher than even the rest of Wyandotte County.
The issues of poverty and associated poor health are amplified in the area which is listed as an extreme poverty tract with
more than 50% of the population living below the poverty level and almost a quarter (24%) of the residents with incomes less
than half of the federal poverty level (more than 3 times the state proportions.) In the Northeast about 53% of the adults
have not graduated from high school compared to 22% countywide. The median income of most of the census blocks in the
area is less than $20,000 compared to more than twice that West of the highway. The Northeast area which is about 25 blocks
North to South and 40 blocks East to West had no medical provider after the last clinic moved
West of Interstate 635 in 2009.
Family Health Care
(FHC) began providing health services from the basement of Faith Lutheran Church at 530 Quindaro in the NE area of Kansas
City, Kansas (zip code 66101) within a few weeks of the announcement of the Federally Qualified Health Center’s move
out of the neighborhood. From the start of The Quindaro Family Health Care clinic (the Q) we recognized it was going to be
a challenge. The nearest drug store is many blocks away, buses do not run into the neighborhood, a regular grocery store is
almost an hour away by bus and the area was bereft of health services when even the federally supported health center moved
more than 60 blocks west from the low-income housing site.
Family Health Care stepped forward to create
answers to these needs. Collaborating with Faith Lutheran Church and local neighborhood associations,
the Q opened in the basement of the church. FHC added handicapped access to the basement, refurbished
and began seeing patients in June, 2009.