Lisa Bruce, Physician Assistant, has volunteered at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic/Kansas City CARE Clinic since January 2007, providing 534 hours of service and caring for 773 patients. Lisa conducts a women’s health clinic each Thursday. She provides essential medical care, reproductive health, breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured women.
Believing that all people have the right to quality health care, Clinic volunteers and staff have cared for the uninsured since 1971. Lisa is one of 1,000+ volunteers who serve economically disadvantaged, vulnerable adults. At the Clinic, Lisa mentors medical students, modeling volunteerism and thoughtful, compassionate care.
Everyone loves Lisa! She offers kindness, patience and understanding to her patients and students, never rushing and always taking time to see beyond clinical needs. The women Lisa cares for live on incomes below the federal poverty level. They are uninsured and often delay dealing with their own health because of other immediate demands (family, housing, mental health issues, unemployment and unsafe neighborhoods). As a mom, Lisa connects to patients with empathy and serves as a role model for the mothers and grandmothers she sees.
Ask Lisa why she volunteers and she’ll tell you it’s the right thing to do. She explains that she loves to interact with her patients, providing information, alleviating fears, and making them feel at ease. Lisa says there are too many barriers, especially in the Black community, to going to the doctor. She ensures her patients have a positive experience so they want to come back to maintain their health.