History & Mission of Jordan Valley
Advocates for a Healthy Community, dba Jordan Valley Community Health Center (hereafter "Jordan Valley"), became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2002 and serves the low-income, medically underserved target population primarily from 125 zip codes in southwest Missouri that includes Greene, Christian, Laclede, Stone, Taney and Webster Counties, as well as some areas in neighboring counties. The mission of the organization is "Improving our community’s health through access and relationships". Following is a summary of the regional community, target population served, organization and plan for addressing identified health care needs/issues of the target population primarily within the service area. Jordan Valley exists to promote health and wellness by providing quality care, access, research and education to the underserved and all people in our community, with or without insurance. Jordan Valley has multiple service delivery sites, with the main administrative site located in Springfield, Missouri. Jordan Valley provides a wide range of comprehensive, integrated services which seek to serve the whole patient, including integrated primary care, oral health and behavioral health services, Patient engagement is supported and enhanced through medical social work, case management, peer support, and patient navigation. Care transitions within Jordan Valley are supported through an Electronic Health Records system which allows practitioners to share pertinent patient and health information across disciplines for a more fully integrated and efficient care delivery system. Jordan Valley also participates in Missouri Health Connect, Missouri Health Plus, both designed to improve data and information sharing to continually improve quality of care. Jordan Valley has locations in Springfield, Marshfield, Republic, Hollister, Forsyth and Lebanon. These locations serve a significant portion of the southwest region of Missouri. The Internship training will take place at Jordan Valley’s main campus in Springfield.
JVCHC functions from an integrated care model, where we address the whole person by integrating behavioral health services into primary care. By combining the population based philosophy of care with the expertise of behavioral health, we are able to treat the whole person so that a broad scope of patient needs is met. This model not only decreases the stigma of mental health treatment by incorporating it alongside physical health, but it increases the client population who would be missed or fall through the cracks if they were not provided behavioral health treatment alongside medical appointments. Psychologists and psychologists in training have the opportunity to serve as Behavioral Health Consultants working as part of the primary care team and are involved in assessment, intervention, and consultation with patients and their treatment. Our psychologists and clinicians work with our primary care providers to appropriately assess behavior health concerns and collaboratively design a comprehensive treatment plan.
The patient population served by Jordan Valley covers the life span from newborns though age 99+. Patients are from a broad spectrum of socioeconomic levels and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Patients present with difficulties ranging from minor adjustment-related struggles to very serious psychiatric disorders. Many patients seek psychological assistance to cope with acute or chronic psychological problems including trauma and substance use.
Interns participate as members of multidisciplinary teams in order to experience first-hand the roles and functions assumed by practitioners of different disciplines working in collaboration. This process ensures that the interns are exposed to many professional role models. Interns are provided with numerous formal and informal opportunities to cultivate professional understanding of the social, ethical, and legal responsibilities of a professional psychologist in the current health care environment.
Springfield, "The Queen City of the Ozarks"
Springfield, “The Queen City of the Ozarks,” is one of the lowest overall cost-of-living communities in the nation and is easily affordable on a intern’s stipend. The city has a broad economic and industrial base. Since Springfield adjoins major recreational and vacation attractions to the south, tourism services are extensive. The community has five colleges and a major university (Missouri State University, with a current enrollment of approximately 26,000 students). Springfield, as the third-largest city in Missouri, has shown consistent economic growth. It provides many of the conveniences of much larger cities, without the various common aggravations associated with living in larger communities. The city truly provides opportunities for a comfortable lifestyle.
A variety of recreational opportunities exist for enthusiasts of outdoor activities such as canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Numerous lakes are within easy driving distance of the city. The community offers plentiful shopping. In 2005, the city became home to the Springfield cardinals, a Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team. The area also provides cultural attractions such as the Springfield Symphony, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Little Theatre, and Springfield Ballet. Performing arts venues attract national tours of musical acts and Broadway shows. For the history buff, there is a National Civil War Battlefield just outside the city. Numerous other activities are available in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Tulsa, which are all within 3 to 4 hours driving (See 417 Magazine for ideas).
Why Choose Jordan Valley?
In addition to the training opportunities and variety of experiences, there are many wonderful aspects to Jordan Valley.
At Jordan Valley Behavioral Health is seen as an integral part of healthcare and psychologists are a highly valued member of the multidisciplinary team. Additionally, the Department of Behavioral Health is a close-knit group of professionals that provide collegial support to each other. It is not just all work at Jordan Valley! Within the center, there are social activities such as a Halloween costume competition, holiday parties, chili cook-offs and summer activities to name a few.
Additionally, for interns interested in staying an extra year after internship, Jordan valley offers a formal Post-Doc. Within the state of Missouri, licensure requires 3,500 hours, at least 1,500 of which must come from the internship (which you will have 2,000) and an additional 2,000 of the 3,500 hours can come from pre-internship experiences, internship, or post-internship. This makes it much easier to gain licensure than other states if you have a large amount of pre-internship hours. However, if you don’t meet the 3,500 following completion of internship but are interested in the postdoc, you’d receive continued supervised training until licensure is obtained.
Another benefit is, because Jordan Valley is an FQHC and Springfield is considered a rural population, you would qualify for the federal education repayment assistance to supplement loan re-payment if you decided to stay in the area.