SPOKANE, Wash. — People’s Clinic, a nurse-managed community health care project of the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing, will expand Friday operating hours to 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Aug. 2. The clinic, located on the second floor of the YWCA at 829 W. Broadway, was previously open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The expanded Friday hours are made possible through a portion of a $1.8 million federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant recently awarded to the WSU College of Nursing to fund the expansion of academic nursing for disadvantaged areas of Spokane County during the next five years. The grant provides funding for additional nurse practitioner hours at the clinic.

“The expanded hours allow us to treat more patients each week,” said Dr. Margaret Bruya, family nurse practitioner, HRSA grant administrator and People’s Clinic co-founder. “Having the clinic open the same hours five days a week provides another layer of continuity for individualized and on-going patient care.”

People’s Clinic was established by the College of Nursing in 1998 through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. Staffed by nurse practitioners, faculty and students nurses from the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing, the clinic provides reliable, consistent health care services to more than 300 individuals each month, many of whom are underinsured or uninsured.

The five-year HRSA grant will also fund initiatives for: 1) expanded outreach activities to target people living in high poverty census tracts and children receiving federally-sponsored free and reduced-cost lunches in Spokane County public and private schools; 2) minimizing the gaps in health care delivery and duplication of services through improved continuity and coordination of health and social services; 3) clinical opportunities for 70 Intercollegiate College of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students per year and track which students secure employment in agencies serving the poor and disadvantaged; and 4) design of a collaborative program with public and private schools to implement the national Kids Into Health Careers Initiative focused on increasing the number of qualified applicants from economically disadvantaged populations into professional health training programs.

The HRSA grant also includes funding for one full-time family nurse practitioner to staff the new $300,000 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a fully-equipped mobile clinic due for delivery in September. Nurses, students and staff from the College of Nursing and People’s Clinic will travel with the Care Mobile treating children and entire families, like those seen daily at People’s Clinic located at the YWCA. The Care Mobile, one of only nine in the United States, will begin visiting four elementary schools twice a month bringing free dental screenings and primary health care services to schools with the highest need.

People’s Clinic, in collaboration with local agencies and funding partners, coordinates the Pediatric Outreach Project at Spokane School District #81 schools, including an on-site clinic at Havermale during the school year. A summer POP scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, at Havermale will focus on sports physicals for middle school students.

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The college offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners, WSU, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and Whitworth College. Each year the college educates more than 600 graduate and upper-division undergraduate students and prepares more entry-level nurses than any other state educational institution.