The Brightside: Tabitha Medical Care
LAUREL, Del. – Those with a family medical clinic in Laurel, DE are giving a new meaning to community outreach, advocating, and focusing on those in communities with language barriers and lack of resources. “When you come to a place and you find someone that not only looks like you but also you can communicate freely with no barrier, I think that’s very important,” says Nadya Julien, a Family Certified Nurse Practitioner, Owner, and CEO of Tabitha Medical Care.
Tabitha Medical Care serves those on Delmarva, whether it’s an illness, chronic illness, physicals, diabetes, or preventative care. However, tending to medical needs is just one of their missions. Their main focus is on the Haitian, Hispanic, and other minority communities, in need of an advocate. “So everywhere that we can link with a network that serves that community and to make sure that we have or we work together and we can bring that health equity to reach that population,” says Julien.
Julien who is originally from Haiti, came to the U.S. when she was in her early 20s to study medicine after her father worked hard to get his citizenship, and brought his family. Although she tells me his English was limited, it taught her and her siblings to be advocates, which is a mission she continues to carry out. “I’m never afraid to tell people my background, where I came from because I know God brought me here to help others, to be an advocate to be that bridge for my people,” she says.
So to further that goal Julien and her medical team get out into the hard-to-reach communities with language barriers. Currently, 60% of Tabitha’s Medical patients are Haitian, 25% Hispanic, and the rest are African-American and white. Whether in the exam room, church, or the community, she tells 47 ABC, she wants to get medical help to those who need it most. “To bring awareness of even the Haitian community and the increase of the population into the Sussex county, Wicomico county, and even in Kent county.” Julien adds, “So to get the questions and the myth and their misconceptions cleared for them to be vaccinated.”
These efforts won Julien, ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ from One Way Insurance Group, whose owners are active leaders in the Delaware Haitian community. “I think it’s good when they say what you do in the community I was one of the Haitian leaders in the community that received this reward and I was very humble and thanked God for it,” she tells us.
Whether it’s medical events, coat distributions, or wellness checks, Julien and her team believe those can be best helped by getting outside of their four walls. “I always push them, I told them this is a land of opportunity, grasp everything that you can get, grasp the good things and go with it and take that and help someone be a better you.”
Julien also tells us, they’ll be hosting an end of the year operation warm event which consists of winter health and wellness, flu shots, COVID shots, coat distributions and much more.
Next year, they’re also planning to open a primary care behavioral health integration where they will offer brief mental health counseling which she says is another un-addressed issue in minority communities.
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