ECHO Community Health Care

Our Mission Statement

We provide AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE & APPROPRIATE comprehensive healthcare to the uninsured, under insured and the homeless. Quality services are provided by our team of caring, respectful professionals who advocate for the patient.

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The Vision of our Organization:

“To eliminate health disparities in our community”

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“Welcome to ECHO Community Health Care, Incorporated.  We are glad that you have found our webpage and  we look forward to serving your medical needs.

ECHO is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), whose focus is on primary and preventative medical care.  You do not need medical insurance to become a patient at ECHO.  We offer care on a “sliding fee” basis, which is adjusted to your family income and size.  Do you have health insurance coverage?  You are welcome here too!

To begin receiving medical care at ECHO, I encourage you to walk in to the John St. Clinic or Main Campus Clinic Monday – Friday 8-11; 1-4 and meet with the patient advocate to complete paperwork. We are here to serve you.

Care is provided by dedicated individuals who will offer you respect and professionalism each step of the way.  We are here to assist you at 3 locations, which can be found under the “LOCATIONS” tab of this webpage, and through expanded hours which cover evening appointments.

Again, we welcome you to ECHO.”

Sandee E. Strader-McMillen, M.H.A., M.B.A.
Chief Executive Officer
(812) 421-7489

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Links of Interest:

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Form 990 is available upon request. Please contact Amanda Berberich by email.

This health center is  Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Monthly Health Tip

Smoking: The most Prominent Fact contributing to death in the US 

Nicotine Dependence

  • Most smokers become addicted to nicotine, a drug that is found naturally in tobacco.2
  • More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than to any other drug.3Research suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol.1,2,4
  • Quitting smoking is hard and may require several attempts.4,5People who stop smoking often start again because of withdrawal symptoms, stress, and weight gain.4,5,6
  • Nicotine withdrawal symptoms may include:4,6
    • Feeling irritable, angry, or anxious
    • Having trouble thinking
    • Craving tobacco products
    • Feeling hungrier than usual

Health Benefits of Quitting

Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are harmful, and about 70 can cause cancer.1,4,7 Smoking increases the risk for serious health problems, many diseases, and death.1,4

People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age.1,4,8,9 You are never too old to quit.

Stopping smoking is associated with the following health benefits:1,4,8,9

  • Lowered risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer.
  • Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels outside your heart).
  • Reduced heart disease risk within 1 to 2 years of quitting.
  • Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. While these symptoms may not disappear, they do not continue to progress at the same rate among people who quit compared with those who continue to smoke.
  • Reduced risk of developing some lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, one of the leading causes of death in the United States).
  • Reduced risk for infertility in women of childbearing age. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.

Helpful Resources

Quitline Services

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) if you want help quitting. This is a free telephone support service that can help people who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. Callers are routed to their state quitlines, which offer several types of quit information and services.

Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/