July Update

 

7/25/2017

Re: David Mulder Fund for Mental Health

Dear Family and Friends:

We have some news to share with you about the David Mulder Memorial Fund for Mental Health . We thought it was a good time for a report because David’s fund, in conjunction with the Evanston Community Foundation (ECF), recently made its fourth grant award, continuing the good work that comes from your gifts.

For the second year in a row, we gave money to Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center. Erie’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable, high quality health care for those in need. Twenty-six percent of their patients are uninsured.

The grant we made last year helped Erie address the shortage of mental health expertise in local underserved communities by partially funding the hiring of their first-ever staff psychiatrist. This met a critical need: prior to 2016, Erie did not provide psychiatric services at all. Erie also added a psychiatric nurse practitioner to its staff.

In September, Susan toured Erie in Evanston and met with Director of Government and Institutional Development Dana Kelly and the new psychiatrist, Dr. Ashok Nagella. (See picture on next page.) Dr. Nagella explained to Susan how Erie tries to take a holistic medical approach, addressing patients’ mental health issues alongside their other medical and nutritional needs.

This year’s follow-up award of $16,500 was co-funded by David’s fund and an anonymous partner. It will help fund a pilot program in psychiatric education for Erie’s non-psychiatrist physicians and other medical providers. This program, led by the psychiatrist hired last year, will teach them how to detect psychiatric conditions, how to manage low-level conditions (such as low to moderate depression) on their own, and how to monitor patients and decide when higher levels of psychiatric care are needed.

The need for these services is great. While Erie has 7,800 patients in Evanston/Skokie, it was only able to accommodate 300 psychiatrist visits last year.  As a result of our gift, many more individuals in our community will receive professional mental health guidance going forward.

Best wishes to you, and special thanks for contributing to David’s legacy.

 

Mike, Susan, Joanna and Peter

 

Susan with Dr. Ashok Nagella