Medical Professionals of the Month: Neighborhood Family Practice

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    Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) has been proudly serving the Cleveland community since 1980.

    Their mission?

    “To partner with the community for everyone’s health by providing health care services regardless of ability to pay; treating patients with compassion, dignity, and respect; protecting confidentiality; and offering culturally sensitive services and community outreach.”

    Since becoming a federally qualified health center in 2000, NFP has continued to grow to meet the needs of the community throughout Northeast Ohio. In the last 15 years, NFP has expanded from its original Cleveland location on Ridge Rd. to several community health centers including Tremont, the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, the Puritas neighborhood, West 117th and Lorain, and their newest location in Lakewood.

    What’s Different About Neighborhood Family Practice?

    At NFP, no one is turned away because of their inability to pay.

    Nearly 90,000 people just on the west side of Cleveland live in poverty. Many of these individuals have families who require comprehensive health care- a luxury many cannot afford.

    That’s where Neighborhood Family Practice comes in. NFP exists to break down the barriers of poverty and provide quality health care to all members of the community.

    What Services Does Neighborhood Family Practice Offer?


    Neighborhood Family Practice offers a variety of services for both young and old. “Every year, nearly 16,000 patients receive quality health care in our bilingual, multi-cultural office”, says a representative of NFP.

    What Services Does Neighborhood Family Practice Offer?

    Their most utilized services include:

    1. Medical Care
    2. Family Planning
    3. Women’s Health
    4. Behavioral Health
    5. Dental Health
    6. Refugee Services
    7. Pharmacy

    The Homan’s Story

    Thousands of community members benefit from NFP’s services every year.

    One family, in particular, were The Homan’s.

    In 1999, The Homan family fled from their native town in Zimbabwe to seek refuge in South Africa. For the next 17 years, the family of six was receiving basic (if that) health and dental care- which meant some of the children had only been to a dentist one time in their lives.

    When the family moved to Northeast Ohio in 2016, dental care was the first thing they asked about. Luckily, it was at that same time that NFP was selected to receive Federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase access to oral health care services- allowing The Homan’s to receive comprehensive dental care including cleanings, fillings, and X-rays.

    The Homan’s stated, “The staff at NFP is phenomenal, and they provide exceptional service. It’s a welcome change from what we experienced as refugees in South Africa. An added benefit is the evening hours offered at NFP, which are a great help to the working class like us, who can’t always take time off to go to a medical or dental appointment.”

    How Can You Help?

    Every year, thousands of people in Cleveland’s west side go without medical care. With your donation, you can provide life-changing health care to individuals experiencing crippling barriers. According to NFP’s website:

    1. A $200 donation covers the cost of a medical visit for a patient without insurance.
    2. A $500 donation helps a family of four.
    3. A $1,000 helps provide an uninsured family of five with comprehensive initial medical appointments.

    If you’re interested in donating, NFP has several options including a one-time donation, a monthly donation, and a corporate giving option. Visit their website to learn more.

    Neighborhood Family Practice is also in the process of opening a new Women’s Health Center to try and “combat the infant mortality crisis and reduce racial disparities between white and black babies in Cuyahoga County”.

    The new center will include twelve exam rooms, on-site laboratory, space for testing equipment, community room for CenteringPregnancy, and a children’s play area.

    Click here to learn more or to donate to the cause!