NNU Partners with Care House Partnerships to Support New Health Clinic in Nampa

NNU Partners with Care House Partnerships to Support New Health Clinic in Nampa

Northwest Nazarene University
Nov 23, 2020
nursing student at NNU

After years of dreaming, fundraising, planning and hard work, Care House Partnerships (CHP) opened their doors to a new health clinic in Nampa earlier this month. The clinic will provide basic medical care and counseling services for the uninsured in our local community.

NNU Nursing and Counseling faculty and students have played an important role in the development of the CHP Clinic and will continue to provide key support in its implementation.  

“I believe there are many benefits for CHP and NNU in this partnership,” said Pastor Aisling Zweigle, CHP board member and director of CHP’s ASK tutoring program and the Foster/Adoptive Parent Circle. “When we link arms to connect people’s gifts with some of our community’s greatest needs, we all get to be a part of something greater.”

Chandra Salisbury, assistant professor in NNU’s Master’s in Counseling program, is part of the CHP board of directors and is an advisor to the clinic’s counseling services. Drs. Christine Bayes and Bethany Mello, faculty in NNU’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, were on the medical services steering committee and are serving as medical providers at the Clinic.  Dr. Linda Valenzuela and Prof. Jane Weis from NNU’s undergraduate nursing program also served on the steering committee.

Several NNU students are also involved with supporting the CHP Clinic, including two students from the Counselor Education program who are providing counseling services, one individual from the FNP program who will be completing their clinical hours under the supervision of her professor and a senior social work major who is providing case management services. There will be further opportunities for more students to be involved as the clinic expands its services in the future.

“This partnership gives NNU students an opportunity to apply the skills and concepts they are learning in class to real-life situations,” Pastor Tony Johnson, CHP director, said. “It also nurtures within them a Christ-like servant spirit as they come alongside their neighbors who are often overlooked and marginalized and use their gifts and talents to bring God’s love, hope, and healing to them.”

But NNU students aren’t the only ones who benefit.

“The students give [CHP] a fresh new perspective on how we are serving our neighbors, and the professors add a level of expertise to the services we provide so we continue to gain credibility amongst our neighbors and the greater community,” Johnson added. “The insight given by both students and staff push us to see who we are serving and how we are serving through new lenses, which along with their innovation and ingenuity, enhances the services we provide, making us as individuals and as an organization better.”

When organizations like NNU and CHP partner with one another, the community is also impacted positively.  “Because of the collaboration that occurs between NNU and CHP, our neighbors receive a better standard of care and compassion than if each organization were left to themselves,” Johnson said. “Because both partners are willing to learn from each other and to work together for the betterment of our neighbors, our neighbors are not only nourished physically, but they are given opportunities to experience healing and health in their body, mind, and spirit.” 

In addition to the medical and counseling services offered through the new community clinic, CHP also supports its neighbors in need through its well-known community food bank, a Celebrate Recovery program, an after school tutoring program, and a foster and adoptive parents circle.  To find out more about CHP or how you can be involved, go to carehousepartnerships.org.