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Facts About the Covid-19 Vaccine

The Minnesota Department of Health has shared these facts about the Covid-19 vaccine. What You should know about Covid-19 Vaccines. Many people have questions and concerns about the new Covid-19 vaccines. This is normal. This document gives you the facts on Covid-19 vaccines. No safety steps have been skipped in making the Covid-19 vaccines. Covid-19 vaccines have gone through the same safety steps and studies as other vaccines. Medical researchers were able to make the vaccines quickly...

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Affordable Dental Care

Like many hardworking people, Debbie had a good job with health and dental insurance, but finding affordable dental care was still a challenge. She looked for high quality dental care where she could also make a payment plan that would fit her needs. "Finding a workable payment arrangement was my #1 motivation,” said Debbie. “I’d been thinking of getting my dental healthcare up-to-date for almost a year, but for financial reasons, even with dental insurance, it was a challenge.” Debbie...

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Community Vaccinations at Palace Community Center, St. Paul

United Family Medicine supports community-based vaccine distribution by administering vaccines to community members, with organizational partners. Palace Community Center in St. Paul recently hosted our staff and volunteers from West 7th/Fort Road Federation, to deliver vaccines. Thank you to all who participated to receive a community-based vaccine!   Board of Directors Current Services  

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Help for Chronic Pain Leads to Improved Wellbeing

Marybeth is familiar with severe chronic pain due to pancreatitis. During one particular year in her journey to manage her pain, she spent over one-third of the days in the hospital because of pain and nausea. Her job, relationships, and her wellbeing were disrupted by the disease. The doctors and nurses at United Family Medicine helped her stabilize her symptoms and manage her pain. “Without this place, I don’t know what I would have done,” said Marybeth. Due to her chronic pain, Marybeth...

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Supporting Community Vaccination at Camphor United Methodist Church

United Family Medicine supports community-based vaccine distribution by administering vaccines to community members, through organizational partners. Camphor United Methodist Church in St. Paul hosted a recent event. United Family Medicine providers and staff set up a safe social distance environment to administer vaccines to community members. Thank you Camphor United Methodist Church and all who participated to receive a community-based vaccine!      Board of Directors Current Services...

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Biden Administration announces support for Community Health Centers

The Biden Administration American Rescue Plan, Community Health Center Investment ● The Biden Administration announced on March 25th investment of $6 billion into the nation’s 1,400 Community Health Centers. In Minnesota, 16 Community Health Centers will receive nearly $45 million sometime in April. ● MNACHC and the state’s Community Health Centers are deeply appreciative of the recognition from the Biden Administration for the Health Center response to the Covid-19 pandemic. ● Since the...

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Our patient, Sarah, receives both medical and dental care

For questions or appointments call 651-758-9500.Sarah, a senior citizen, has been a patient with United Family Medicine for decades. She appreciates that our clinic has a reputation for supporting community health, including those who need help to access affordable healthcare. “United Family Medicine reflects my mindset,” said Sarah. “I like their humane behavior, the way they relate to me is friendly and supportive. Most staff members know me by name, even at the front desk. They take an...

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Tsitsi Hungwe, DMD, Optimal Dental Health

Tsitsi Hungwe, DMD For questions or appointments call 651-758-9500.As a young person thinking about her life and career path, Tsitsi Hungwe, DMD, developed an interest in dentistry through the positive influence of her own female general dentist. By seeing a female dentist actively thriving in their career, young teenage Tsitsi Hungwe developed a mentoring relationship that continued with encouragement into her college years. During her time in dental school at the University of Louisville,...

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Jen Larson, PA-C, Health Care Home

Jen Larson, PA-C“St. Paul is a special place. Working in a clinic like United Family Medicine, where I see a diverse patient population from all walks of life – this is the professional calling I have been drawn to since the beginning of my career.” These words from Jen Larson, PA-C, Physician Assistant, describe her motivation each day on behalf of patients. Jen started her career in a community hospital in Skokie, IL. After four years in a large medical center in Houston, TX, Jen returned to...

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Paola Mora, CRNP, treats the whole patient

Paola Riera Mora, CRNP “One of the most effective supports I provide for my patients is to provide education and information,” said Paola Mora, CRNP. “There are a lot of small changes that can make a big improvement on health and wellbeing.” Paola is an attentive and caring Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. She knows that every patient is a unique individual with their own history, background, and...

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Nathan Guimont, MD, AAHIVS, supports team based healthcare

Nathan Guimont, MD For questions or to schedule an appointment: 651-758-9500If you ask Nathan Guimont, MD, about healthcare, he’ll tell you how much he values communication and trust – with the patient and the entire care team. “The best care happens when there is a partnership with the patient. When we can focus on the patient’s goals, together. When we do that, good things will happen.” Dr. Guimont works with patients from all walks of life and all stages of health and wellness. He has...

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Xoua Thao, MD, applies heartfelt care to treat the Hmong community

Xoua Thao, MD For questions or to schedule an appointment: 651-758-9500“After more than two decades in family practice, there’s nothing left but compassion and goodwill from the heart,” said Dr. Xoua Thao, when asked about his approach to patient care. He expresses calm, focused attention toward each person he meets. Perhaps his kind, friendly, and attentive approach comes from his background and experience growing up during the Secret War in Laos in his early years, and then his journey in...

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Scott Tongen, MD – experience and trust in family medicine practice

Scott Tongen, MD For questions or to schedule an appointment: 651-758-9500Family medicine is at the heart of everything Dr. Scott Tongen does for his patients. He understands it is essential to good health outcomes that a patient has a doctor they can trust. Dr. Tongen brings comfort and healing to patients of all ages and stages of life. “As a family physician I am a skilled diagnostician. I listen to my patients, perform high quality physical exams, act correctly on the symptoms and...

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Wellness & Health – Meet Mitchell Sebranek, PA-C

Mitchell Sebranek, PA-C For questions or to schedule an appointment: 651-758-9500Wellness is so much a part of overall clinical health, that Physician Assistant Mitchell Sebranek applies his knowledge of preventive healthcare with every patient encounter. “I’m passionate about wellness and disease prevention,” said Mitchell, “Wellness includes disease management and lifestyle conditions such as diet, exercise, mental health, and social support. It all works together to support overall health.”...

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Meet Maggie Prunty, CNP, caring for all patients and seniors

Maggie Prunty, CNP For questions or to schedule an appointment: 651-758-9500If there was one word that best describes Maggie Prunty’s philosophy of care, it would be “balance.” As a Nurse Practitioner, she works mostly with seniors to diagnose, prescribe and treat their healthcare needs. Balance is part of her approach to care because she understands healthcare is a partnership with each individual patient. “It’s important to meet each patient where they’re at,” said Maggie. “I help them...

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We are a Covid-19 pilot vaccine site for Minnesota

Ann Nyakundi Chief Executive Officer United Family MedicineUpdated 1/28/21: Per Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, we are only able to provide COVID-19 vaccines for current patients who have a relationship with a United Family Medicine provider. If you have not had a prior appointment with United Family Medicine, we encourage you to connect with your primary care clinic to inquire about the status of their vaccine supply. You may also visit the MDH website for vaccine information...

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Appreciation of cultural differences informs Missy Elumba’s healthcare practice

Missy Elumba, CNP For questions or to schedule an appointment: 651-241-1000Missy Elumba, NP, is an advanced healthcare provider who has balanced her professional interests with her personal interests. As a primary care practitioner for over five years she focuses on her patients, not just their symptoms. As an international traveler, she enjoys learning about different cultures and visiting the places where some of her patients are from. Of course, Missy works with all patients, not just...

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Organizational Changes Strengthen Compliance with Federal Requirements

Year-long initiative culminates with mutual agreement to terminate Allina Health services contracts at year’s end.ST. PAUL – December 31, 2020 –United Family Medicine (UFM), a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in St. Paul, has formally submitted to the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), its federal regulator and funder, a notice of its organizational changes to strengthen its compliance with federal requirements. Foremost among these changes is the mutual agreement between...

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Meet Michelle Brechon, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife

Michelle Brechon, CNM For questions or to schedule an appointment: 651-241-1000Michelle Brechon, CNM, is our Certified Nurse Midwife, specializing in healthcare for women of all ages, including pregnant women. Michelle cares for women throughout their lifetimes, helping them with preventive care, managing chronic health conditions, sexual health, and menopause. As a certified nurse midwife, prenatal pregnancy care is her focus area. “I am really about whole family care,” said Michelle. “From...

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Stacy Chapman and Nurses Team – Improving Patient Experience

High quality patient care and a positive patient experience are everyone’s focus at United Family Medicine. Stacy Chapman, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Manager of Nursing Practice, recently implemented an improved process for managing patient prescriptions. As a result, patients are now experiencing less waiting time, faster refills, more accuracy, and better patient experience. When Stacy began studying the prescription refill situation, she learned that patients were having issues completing their...

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From Patient to Board Member – Val Jensen

Val Jensen, JD, is a community leader and an entrepreneur working in the areas of cultural change, leadership, diversity, and healthcare disparities. She’s a successful business consultant, and a loving wife and mother to four children. Years ago however, things were not going so well for Val. At that time she was raising a family on her own, and working fulltime at a new job. That’s enough of a challenge for anyone, but Val’s situation was complicated by a pre-existing condition. She was...

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United Family Medicine Implements Patient-Centered Care Model

United Family Medicine Implements Patient-Centered Care Model While Finalizing Evolution to Clinic-Employed Providers Enhancements to occur with mutual agreement to end leased health care provider and residency program from Allina Health by year’s end ST. PAUL – 12-9-2020 – United Family Medicine (UFM), a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in St. Paul dedicated to meeting the health care needs of its community while contributing to the vitality of the region, announced today it is...

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United Family Medicine Board Names Chief Executive Officer

Ann Nyakundi is poised to oversee implementation of new patient-centered care model within St. Paul clinic, delivering better outcomes, improved access and regulatory compliance Saint Paul, MN – November 19, 2020 – United Family Medicine (UFM), a federally-qualified health center (FQHC) in St. Paul dedicated to meeting the health care demands of its community while contributing to the vitality of the region, announced today that its board of directors promoted Ann Nyakundi to CEO effective...

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Meet Board Member William Schultz

Having been a patient at United Family Medicine, William Schultz joined our board of directors in 2019. His commitment to support the clinic is an opportunity to connect with people. “I’m a sales and marketing professional. One of the strengths I bring to the board is my ability to connect with others, to understand their issues and then design creative solutions that fit their needs. I view this ability as a one of many ways I contribute to society, by being a creative thinker – helping...

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