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Crown Medical Support
Services Clinic (CMSSC)

(An Essential Community Provider Clinic)
Bridging the Healthcare Disparity Throughout the World

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Crown Medical Support Services Clinic (CMSSC)

CMSSC is a high qulity, people-oriented, healthcare center incorporated in the State of Minnesota. Started in April 2007, the desire to bridge the gap in healthcare services disparities was the driving force behind the establishment of the centers.  We have two clinics, one located in Minneapolis and the other in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and we are currently an Essential Community Provider Clinic.

North Clinic:

Phone: 763-245-7792
6901 78th Ave N
Suite 103
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

South Clinic:

Phone:  612-978-3783 

1931 1st Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

100 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Since its inception in 2007, the Crown Medical Center clinics and CMSSC have offered medical services, preventive health education, and health screening services to over 10,000 Minnesotans.

CMSSC Online Appointment Scheduling

You can set your appointment online by visiting our appointment page. You can check on the status of your prescriptions by visiting our contact page.

Our examination rooms are clean, comfortable and well equipped to provide you with thorough and professional exams. 

Minnesota is known for its high quality of life, ranking top in economic growth, health education and environment.

Crown Medical Support Services Clinic has an in-house laboratory for routine lab work

We have an in-house laboratory for routine lab work and an EKG machine used for monitoring heart rhythm. Routine tests such as x-rays, blood work, cholesterol check, blood-sugar checks, pregnancy tests, etc., are performed in-house. Clients who need diagnostic imaging such as MRI, and CT scans, are referred to Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Results are quickly transmitted to CMSSC’s providers. 

The clinic has working relationships with Furst Diagnostic Laboratories and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.  We offer clinical externship training sites for Rassmussen College, Kaplan Univeristy, and Minneapolis Business College.

CMSSC's patients include children and adults.

All services offered are confidential. Services include: urgent and primary care, psychology and counseling; physical therapy and rehabilitation ans weight loss.

Weoffer free and confidential testing for STDs and HIV. We offer child and teen checkups for schools, sports and camps.

Chronic Illness Management

We treat and manage all chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, and more.  At Crown Medical Support Services Clinic, we believe our patients greatly benefit from a preventative healthcare approach.  Check our resources page for downloadable documents about preventing and/or managing illnesses.

DOT Examinations

CMSSC offers DOT Examinations for drivers and others who may need it.

Philosophy of Crown Medical Support Services Clinic (CMSSC)

Crown Medical's state-of-the-art facilities and highly trained, compassionate staff are equipped to provide treatment in a professional, caring and respectful manner. CMSSC staff members take a proactive approach and believe strongly in the value of healthcare screening and preventative healthcare education.   We take a collaborative approach to providing training and continuing education to healthcare students, medical interns, community health workers, and other medical professionals.

Crown Medical Support Services Clinic (CMSSC) has provided services to a large number of African immigrants, African Americans, Hispanics, and Southeast AsiansCrown Medical has provided services to a large number of African immigrants, African Americans, Hispanics, and Southeast Asians living in the Twin Cities Metropolis. Crown Medical Center clinics and CMSSC strive to reduce barriers to accessing quality healthcare by providing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate medical and preventive health education services to all patients. In this way, we build relationships that promote health in individuals, communities of color, and the general public.

Problem, Opportunities, Challenges, Needs

An Dr. Onyekaba interviewing patientAugust 2010 report by the Wilder Foundation entitled, "A New Age of Immigrants" advised, "Immigration in Minnesota is an important fact to be reckoned with. Our state is playing host to many who have arrived from strife torn countries, and to others who have come seeking opportunity or family connections. During the 1990s, Minnesota's foreign-born population increased by over 130% compared to a 57% nationwide increase over the same period. Between 2000 and 2007, it increased another 33% in Minnesota, compared to 22% nationwide. In 2008, 6.5 percent of Minnesota's total population was foreign born."

A designated refugee settlement area, Minnesota has an unusually large refugee population. In recent years, one in five of Minnesota's new immigrants has been a refugee or asylee fleeing persecution in their homeland. Understandably, the majority of these immigrants or refugees from war torn countries  have significant psychological problems. Crown Medical's mental health workers have offered mental health counseling to these individuals. The goal is to determine and encourage healthy coping skills, reduce anxiety that can impair mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing, and to identify strengths that build individual and family resiliency.

Minnesota has the largest community of Southeast Asians in the United States, dating back to the Vietnam War era. Minnesota also has the second largest population of East Africans in the nation.

Dr. Joyce Onyekaba examining a patientAmong immigrant Africans, Somalis are the fastest growing group in the Twin Cities with the population of about 250, 000.

In Minnesota, 17% of immigrant families live in poverty; this is nearly three times the poverty rate among native-born families (American Community Survey, 2008 data). Immigrant families living in Minnesota are three times more likely to be poor than native-born families. The majority of Crown Medical Center's clients are Africans and African Americans, and most of them are placed below 275% of federal poverty level.

Incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure among these immigrants and African Americans is quite high in Minnesota. More minorities suffer from this disease than any other racial groups. The mortality rate is also higher for people of color. Disease is also more likely to develop at a younger age among peoples of African decent. Compared to Caucasians, diabetes and high blood pressure in people of color develop earlier in life. According to a report released (2005) by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, people of African decent in the US have an 80 percent higher rate of death from stroke, a 50 percent higher rate of death from heart disease, and a 320 percent greater rate of diabetes and high blood pressure related end-stage renal disease than the general population. About 65 million American adults have hypertension and more than 40% are African Americans.

Crown Medical's practitioners have seen an upsurge in the number of African immigrants diagnosed with these diseases. Because of dramatic change in diet and other lifestyles following immigration to the United States, incidence of diabetes and hypertension has reached an alarming proportion in the African population. Based on Crown Medical's recent clinic findings, about 25% of Somali adults who utilize the clinics primary care services have diabetes and more than this number have hypertension. If untreated, high blood pressure and diabetes could lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, kidney damage and death. The mortality and morbidity rates are so high because people who survive a first heart attack have a 1.5 to 15 times higher chance of illness or death than the general population. The social and economic burdens on the state of Minnesota and on individuals due to undiagnosed and untreated hypertension and diabetes are very high. CMSSC strongly believes that morbidity and mortality rates due to these two diseases can be reduced through simple preventative health education measures.

Media Outreach and Expertise

CMSSC provides health education outreach services through the media and through scheduled classes, and this is the key to containing the morbidity and mortality associated with most diseases. Crown Medical Support Services staff members are regular guests of the McFarlane radio show in Minneapolis (KFA1 90.3) every first Tuesday of the month where robust conversations pertaining to healthcare disparities are discussed alongside with solutions to bridging the gaps. Crown Medical also publishes articles monthly on preventive health topics in several key Twin Cities newspapers.

Crown Medical Center has seven providers including 3 Board certified MDs, 1 Certified Physician Assistant, 1 Nurse Practitioner and 2 Licensed Social Workers. Dr Joyce Onyekaba, is a Board certified internist with over 21 years of active practice experience. In the state of Minnesota, Crown Medical Centers are among the only cultural specific clinics that predominantly carter to people of color.

Crown Medical and CMSSC see an average of 35 patients daily and its total patient population on record exceeds about ten thousand. Because of the multicultural backgrounds of those Crown Medical serves, many times it is necessary to have interpreters explain symptoms and ailments. Interpreters also help clients to understand the exam and treatment procedures and options. In its laboratories, Crown Medical is able to perform many tests to help determine the condition of the patients.  With many of patients coming from Somalia, Mexico and Latin America, there is a high incidence of HIV, hepatitis, and other communicable diseases.

Relationship to Other Organizations

In order to reach the gamut of African immigrants, Crown Medical has collaborated and worked extensively with key African community organizations in developing culturally sensitive preventive health education materials.  These organizations include the Pan African Community Organization (East and Southern African organization), Hope International and Social Services Organization (West African based) and Sub Saharan African Youth and Family Services in Minnesota (East and Northern African focus).

Because no single organization can reach the entire African population, CMSSC involves these organizations collaboratively in patient referral and delivery of linguistically appropriate health education classes on many key topics including, but not limited to, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and weight management, heart disease, smoking cessation, HIV and Aids, and family planning.

In recent years, Crown Medical and CMSSC have invited several distinguished visitors to visit Crown Medical. These include the former Minnesota Health Commissioner Diane Manderanch; the State Director for Primary Medical Care Services, Mr. Mark Schoenbaum, Minnesota State Director of Minority and Multicultural Health, Mr. Mitchell Davis, and the regional director, Ms. Mildred Hunter, and the Director for Minority and Multicultural health, Mr. Jose Gonzalez. They were most impressed with the scope of Crown Medical Center and CMSSC services.

Crown Medical Support Services Clinic (CMSSC) has a long�standing relationship with many community leaders and people from the underserved population. In addition CMSSC has a learning and clinical partnership program with Globe College in Minneapolis, Kaplan University, the University Of Minnesota Medical School, High Tech Academy Medical Assistant Program, Minneapolis Public School Special District #1, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Services and Bethel College school of Nursing. The clinical externship programs afford nursing and medical students the opportunity to perform 15 weeks of work at Crown Medical, working on health disparities and health improvement projects.

Recognition and Awards

In the state of Minnesota, Crown Medical ranks in the top bracket of cultural specific centers that cater to the health needs of people of color, especially African immigrants.

In May of 2011, Crown Medical Center was recognized at UCare�s �Salute to Excellence� awards dinner honoring the top performers in the 2009 Pay for Performance program as a clinic demonstrating outstanding performance along several key Medicare and Medicaid health measures.






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