Americana is growing
This project will fully integrate FHC-Americana, including its Survivors of Torture Services, other medical, behavioral health, and support services into the AWCC and their constellation of services and physical space. This project will more than double the size of the current clinic and provide an updated physical space for AWCC Fiberworks Program and Ethnic Community Groups, and additional space for AWCC and FHC to grow.
Providing an adequate and efficient operating space for the health center is vital in light of the increased number of immigrants and refugees seeking to make Louisville their homes. For many, an appointment at FHC-Americana is their entry into healthcare in the United States, so having a trauma-informed, safe and comfortable experience is essential. FHC-Americana's clinical space is currently housed in two-modular units placed together of the back parking lot of the Community Center.This building is a little over 3,000 square feet, with up to 20 staff members.
The building was always intended to be a temporary measure until a more permanent option would be available. However, 16 years later, the modular building is a worn and cramped space, unwelcoming to staff and patients alike. The team members atFamily Health Centers-Americana are well trained and experienced in providing the culturally effective and linguistically appropriate health and mental health care needed by Louisville’s newcomers. Their work space should reflect their expertise and care. Despite space constraints, FHC-Americana provided 726 Refugee Health Assessments in Fiscal Year 2023, so imagine what they could do to help support our rapidly growing immigrant community in an updated and efficient space.