The Exchange Newsletter January 2023

OneWorld Community Health Centers EXCHANGE Issue 1 , 2023

A visible sense of OneWorld Baby Boutique expands hours to help prenatal patients relief

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OneWorld Women’s Health: Dedicated to quality, full-scope care Page 6

Building a healthy foundation Page 8


At OneWorld, we believe that everyone deserves access to the best health care possible. Through our work, we build healthier communities and empower our patients every day. Looking back on 2022, we are proud to see how our growth has positively impacted the communities we serve. With community support, our efforts allow us to continue to improve the health care we provide, grow our team and develop new systems and programs to support our patients beyond our clinic walls. What pushes us to grow is the impact. The work that we do now has a lasting effect on our community’s future. Access to care allows future generations to thrive and make a positive contribution to our society. Through excellent care and education, we build healthier environments and empower our patients. There will always be a need for health care, and we look forward to providing compassionate, inclusive care and building trusting relationships with our community for many years to come.


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Onesies for OneWorld

A visible sense of relief

OneWorld Women’s Health: Dedicated to quality, full-scope care

Building a healthy foundation

Community Matters

14 Excellence at work

Thank you to our partners, ticket buyers and donors for supporting OneWorld and making our Milagro Dinner and

Silent Auction a complete success. With your generosity and support, we raised over $220,000 to go towards health care for our patients and community.

Our community continues to inspire us to move our mission forward and provide culturally respectful, quality health care for all people.

We look forward to seeing you next year for our 2023 celebration!

Andrea M. Skolkin Chief Executive Officer


Your support is life changing

OneWorld is collecting donations from January 23-February 17 for the Baby Boutique’s annual Onesies for OneWorld event. Every dollar donated will go towards filling the boutique with baby care items including onesies, diapers, blankets and other essentials.

classes at OneWorld earn Baby Bucks that can be used to shop at the boutique. In 2022, over 1,200 prenatal patients shopped at the Baby Boutique! *To donate items, contact Courtney Spurgeon, Development Manager – Events & Volunteers: (402) 502-8917 or email


To make a donation, text ONESIES to 41444 or go to

Expectant and new mothers who attend prenatal appointments or

*Gently used items will be given to our Social Work team for distribution.



A VISIBLE SENSE OF OneWorld Baby Boutique expands hours to help prenatal patients get a strong, healthy start Relie f

For OneWorld prenatal patients, the Baby Boutique is more than a room in the Women’s Health clinic. It’s an opportunity to shop for essential baby items without the stress and worry of cost. In 2022, the Baby Boutique had record numbers of both shoppers and baby essentials distributed. In response to the increase in need, OneWorld has expanded operating hours to include Fridays from 10a.m.-2p.m.

The boutique will continue to be open from 10a.m.-2p.m. on Mondays and 2-5p.m. on Thursdays. “The visible sense of relief on our patients’ faces as they shop was our motivation to expand our hours,” said Courtney Spurgeon, Development Manager - Events & Volunteers. “The cost of raising a child is only increasing, and we want our patient families to have a strong, healthy start.”

While onesies and outfits remain popular, more expecting and new moms are using their

‘Baby Bucks,’ earned from attending prenatal appointments, to purchase basic necessities due to rising prices at commercial stores. Courtney Spurgeon, Development Manager - Events & Volunteers


Prenatal patients can earn a maximum of 30 Baby Bucks throughout the length of their pregnancy. On average, each item at the boutique costs one Baby Buck. With baby essentials as incentives, the Baby Boutique encourages new mothers to seek early and consistent prenatal care. Prenatal care decreases the likelihood of preterm births, birth defects and other harm to mothers and babies. “It’s been super busy and a challenge to keep inventory up, but we are so grateful to have the community’s support and be able to keep getting our tiniest patients and their moms what they need,” said Spurgeon.

Inside the Baby Boutique.

as much as they are right now,” said Mary Clarke, OneWorld Volunteer. “You could tell in her voice how much it meant to her to be able to come in and spend her Baby Bucks on necessities.”

In 2022, the Baby Boutique distributed nearly three times as many diapers compared to 2021.

“Recently a mom told me her family never struggled financially

Recently a mom told me her family never struggled financially as much as they are right now. You could tell in her voice how much it meant to her to be able to come in and spend her Baby Bucks on necessities.

Mary Clarke, volunteer



Members of the Women’s Health team.

D uring one of Meredith delivered three babies in 24 hours. When Rudish, CNM, reflects on that memory, she is most moved that each mother she assisted was from a different continent. Rudish’s first on call shifts as a OneWorld Midwife, she

trusted to do so at some of the most intimate moments of a mother’s and baby’s life.” OneWorld offers full-scope, patient-centered women’s health care services at every clinical location.

“That was such a neat experience, and it stuck with me,” said Rudish. “There I was in the middle of the United States, yet I was taking care of women from around the world. I’m honored to provide care for such a diverse patient community and be a part of a team that is



From annual wellness exams, pelvic floor physical therapy, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and urinary incontinence, reproductive health education to

pre- and post- menopausal care, the Women’s Health team provides affordable, comprehensive care to help women stay healthy throughout their lives.

At the Women’s Health clinic, located on the Livestock Exchange Health campus, patients can work with midwives, OB-GYNs and family medicine clinicians for their prenatal and postpartum care. “I went to OneWorld for my prenatal care for all three of my children,” said Cassie, OneWorld patient. “Everyone I worked with respected my decisions and listened to me. I really appreciated that everyone I worked with let me have a voice in my care plan.”

“ Everyone I worked with respected my decisions and listened to me. I really

appreciated that everyone I worked with let me have a voice in my care plan. Cassie, patient

With over 90 years of combined experience, the OneWorld Midwifery team sees patients at the Women’s Health clinic and helps patients deliver their babies at Bergan Mercy hospital. “I received so much education during my pregnancy, and I was treated very well when I delivered my baby,” said Alieda, OneWorld patient. “After giving birth, Courtney Cowardin, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife, connected me to OneWorld Pediatrician, Dr. Elizabeth Lehn, for my child’s care, and I still see her for my own care at the Women’s Health clinic. I am so thankful for everything OneWorld has done to help me and my child. They truly care for everyone.”

In addition to family medicine clinicians and Creighton OB-GYN residents, OneWorld’s six certified nurse midwives round out the OneWorld Women’s Health team. HOME TO NEBRASKA’S LARGEST MIDWIFERY GROUP

Courtney Allen Cowardin

Lena Mininberg

Michelle Gjere

Meredith Rudish

Bridget Wieczorek

Kara Higgins



HEALTHY FOUNDATION OneWorld expands pediatric dental services with new Minecraft-inspired clinic

“We are focusing in pediatrics in this clinic because kids can’t really fend for themselves,” said Dr. Brian Penly, Dental Director. “They are where they are at through no fault of their own, but because of the situation they were born into, and oftentimes the lack of education the community has in relation to oral health.

By age five, nearly 60% of children have tooth decay. By age 17, that number jumps to nearly 80%, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. OneWorld’s new pediatric dental clinic is challenging these statistics by helping children in the Omaha metro area receive the dental care they need.


the clinic engages children and adolescents from the moment they walk through the door, helping to reduce anxiety and make going to the dentist a more enjoyable

Dr. Brian Penly, Dental Director

and comfortable experience.

Patients will be seen for cleanings, fillings, crowns, extractions, and preventative services such as space maintenance, sealants and fluoride. “Pediatrics is about prevention and education,” said Dr. Penly. “We emphasize these elements of care with parents because they enforce their child’s diet and hygiene.” Dr. Spencer Burton, Associate Director of Pediatric Dental Services, will serve as the lead dentist at the new clinic.

Model of the pediatric dental clinic waiting room, courtesy of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture.

Our goal is to reduce those barriers as much as we possibly can.”

features four exam rooms, four procedure rooms, an imaging room and a consultation room.

The new clinic, located on 84th and Q streets, is exclusively for pediatric dental patients, ages 0-19. The clinic

Complete with elements of Minecraft, a popular video game,



Through a partnership with Children’s Hospital, Dr. Burton also provides dental treatment under general anesthesia at Children’s Outpatient Surgical Center at Village Pointe for children with extensive treatment needs, special health care needs or behavioral needs that prevent the safe delivery of dental care in a traditional clinic setting. Combined with expertise, a comfortable environment and expanded services, the new OneWorld pediatric dental clinic is a step in the right direction to helping children in the Omaha community access high quality dental care. “We believe this clinic will really help our pediatric population become more knowledgeable and involved in their own oral health,” said Dr. Penly. “Access to this high quality care will not only set each patient up for a healthier future, but our community as a whole.”

Dr. Burton with a patient.

“As a pediatric dentist, my job is to help kids improve their oral health through education and treatment,” said Dr. Burton. “If we can establish good hygiene and nutritional habits in childhood and adolescence that will go a long way to solving many of the oral health problems of adulthood.”

If we can establish good hygiene and nutritional habits in childhood and adolescence that will go a long way to solving many of the oral health problems of adulthood.

Dr. Spencer Burton, Associate Director of Pediatric Dental Services

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Dr. Spencer Burton received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Utah in 2003. He attended Creighton University’s School of Dentistry, earning his doctor of dental surgery degree in 2007. Prior to working at OneWorld, Dr. Burton worked in a private practice in Arizona and for the Indian Health Service. He also provided dental care for members of the Navajo Nation at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center. Dr. Burton started at OneWorld in 2012, serving as the Dental Director from 2013- 2015. After practicing general dentistry for 12 years, Dr. Burton entered the Pediatric Dental Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, earning his certificate in 2021.

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At the Mexican Consulate in Omaha, OneWorld offers free health screenings for anyone visiting the consulate, regardless of their documentation status.

Health screenings include:

• Blood pressure and vitals check • Blood sugar test • Nutrition education • Vision screening

OneWorld partners with other organizations to provide additional services including cholesterol screenings and sexually transmitted infections testing. Members of the OneWorld Outreach team also provide flu and Covid-19 vaccines, education about OneWorld’s services and other community resources to help visitors get the medical services they need to stay healthy.

Vivian Garcia, Outreach Manager, offering nutrition education to a patient.

Because Community Matters.



The Mexican Consulate offers services including passport and consular registration documentation, visas, power of attorney and civil registry for people of Mexican heritage. In 2022, the Mexican Consulate expanded their LGBTQIA2S+

services by providing gay marriage ceremonies and

OneWorld volunteers help bring our mission to life. Join people from diverse cultures and make a positive impact in the health and well-being of OneWorld patients.

offering new birth certificates and passports for transgender individuals of Mexican heritage. For more information, call (402) 595-1841.

For more information, visit



Your support is life changing Your donation directly funds the programs and services that break down access barriers and empower the people we serve

with information, resources and support. Thank you for your dedication to creating healthier communities.

EXCELLENCE AT WORK Awards & Recognitions Throughout 2022, OneWorld has continued to positively impact the Omaha Metro community and advance health care at the state and national level. In recognition of this work, several OneWorld employees were awarded for their efforts in fighting for health equity, inspiring the medical community and providing quality health care.

Kristine McVea, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer – Omaha World Herald Inspire Awards, Excellence in Healthcare

Alex Dworak, MD, Associate Medical Director – Family Practice – Nebraska Medical Association, Physician Advocate of the Year

Mariela Munoz, RN, Nurse Care Manager – Health Center Association of Nebraska, Exceptional Patient Care

Tania Murrell, RN, Associate Nursing Director – Midlands Business Journal, 2022 40 Under 40

Jeremy Howe, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director – Satellite Clinics – Health Center Association of Nebraska, Exceptional Patient Care

Code Pink In early December 2022, a OneWorld patient entered the Women’s Health clinic at the Livestock Exchange Health campus for her prenatal appointment. The front desk staff noticed the expectant mother was uncomfortable and appeared to be in pain, so she was immediately taken to an exam room for evaluation. Within minutes a “Code Pink” was called; the mother was in labor. While Code Pinks are rare, many OneWorld health assistants, nurses and clinicians were there and quickly


responded. Together they provided assistance for the mother, who was quickly advancing in her labor, and were ready to help the baby if needed. Once emergency medical services arrived, the mother was quickly transferred to Nebraska Medicine and delivered her healthy baby shortly after. Both mother and baby recovered well and returned to OneWorld several days later for the newborn’s first appointment, much to the joy of the Code Pink team and OneWorld.

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