Bridgeport College of Chiropractic Serves the Needy

by Frank Zolli, DC

University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic Clinics Brings Chiropractic to Medically Underserved Communities

As part of the clinical training program at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic (UBCC) students are required to perform clinic services at one of two facilities operated by Optimus Healthcare. Optimus is an organization dedicated to improving access to affordable, accessible and quality primary, preventive, oral, and behavioral healthcare services for the uninsured, underserved and medically indigent population of the Greater Bridgeport community. Optimus Healthcare has become a wonderful partner with UBCC in bringing chiropractic to the underserved in our local communities.

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Both facilities, Bridgeport Community Health Center and Park City Primary Care Center are multi-disciplinary and located in the city of Bridgeport, CT. Here interns are able to evaluate and manage a variety of case types and conditions.

These facilities address the healthcare needs of the public who might not otherwise be able to afford care. This provides interns, functioning under the supervision of licensed chiropractic physicians, the ability to see patients with conditions they might not ordinarily see in private practice or the campus based UB Clinics. As a result, they are able to expand their education and skills in a manner that allows them to grow and appreciate their strengths and abilities.

Working in conjunction with medical physicians, nurses and social workers, our interns learn the value of being part of a healthcare team. They also learn to appreciate how this team concept helps deliver a higher quality of patient care.

From the chiropractic practitioner point of view, they are facilitating the other members of the healthcare team to learn about chiropractic. Once seen as an isolated, misunderstood profession, the work of UBCC faculty and interns are providing these professionals practical knowledge and experience about the benefits of chiropractic care and how chiropractic is an effective, integral part of healthcare.

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