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Dunbar House- Diversity Medicine: November 1, 2012

Flanking the side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, the Lee Physician Group Dunbar United Way House is positioned to help many who are battling serious health problems.

“A lot of chronic issues such as hypertension, diabetes, COPD. We have had patients with osteoarthritis, heart disease,” says Dr. Sindy Bernot, a family medicine physician with Lee Memorial Health System.

Access to health care is traditionally limited for those who don’t speak English. Dr. Bernot is helping cross the cultural divide.

“I speak Creole, I speak French and my Spanish is getting up there; but I’m working on that still,” says Dr. Bernot.

Even with limited resources, Steve Papsum knows he can get help here.

“This place is for everybody. It doesn’t matter what your nationality is. These people are here they don’t look at your color they don’t look at your background they don’t look at your financial situation,” says Papsum.

Research finds having a diverse group of doctors and staff encourages minorities to get help, by making them comfortable in their surroundings.

“So if you are able to reach them in that language and hopefully understand that culture a little better sometimes does make a difference with compliance. So we are seeing results,” says Dr. Bernot.

Building a neighborhood practice that reflects the neighborhood, translates into better patient outcomes.

“This is a safe place people are welcome. We do not ask questions about what the situation is. If you need the care, we provide the care,” says Dr. Bernot.