More recently, AXIS has launched initiatives to expand health care service among the area’s Hispanics, homeless, and uninsured/underinsured. Axis recognizes its responsibility as the major health provider for the underserved in Minneapolis’ Stevens Square and northern Whittier Neighborhood, identified as a Health Provider Shortage Area (HPSA) and a community that conforms to a number of Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) indicators (“those with economic barriers, or cultural and/or linguistic access barriers to primary medical care services”) including a high level of poverty (32.7%) and uninsured (15.9%). Because of these barriers, many of Axis’s patients simply have nowhere else to turn for health care.
Axis Medical Center is the fastest growing Community Health Center in Minnesota because for eleven years we have been learning how to best provide culturally—and linguistically—appropriate services in a community that endures unique barriers to health and wellness, including recent immigration and low levels of insurance, employment, education, and English proficiency. Our team, our Board of Directors, and our partner organizations, all belong to the families and communities we serve.