More recently, AXIS has launched initiatives to expand health care service among the area’s Hispanics, homeless, and uninsured/underinsured. Axis recognizes its responsibility as the major health provider for the underserved in Minneapolis’ Stevens Square and northern Whittier Neighborhood, identified as a Health Provider Shortage Area (HPSA) and a community that conforms to a number of Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P) indicators (“those with economic barriers, or cultural and/or linguistic access barriers to primary medical care services”) including a high level of poverty (32.7%) and uninsured (15.9%). Because of these barriers, many of Axis’s patients simply have nowhere else to turn for health care.
Axis has offered services at its main site near the corner of Nicollet & Franklin Avenues for more than ten years, in the heart of an astonishingly diverse neighborhood of mixed residence and business, ethnic shops and restaurants, cultural, religious, and community centers, and parks and recreation. Axis’s new additional service site on Lake Street lies adjacent to the Karmel Square and Karmel Market, the largest Somali commercial complex in Minnesota. A few blocks to the East lies thriving Hispanic residential and commercial centers, including the Mercado Central and Midtown Global Market. An additional advantage of the Lake Street facility is that it is adjoined to a Somali-owned pharmacy that serves 50% of our existing costumers’ pharmaceutical needs. Axis has established this site as an Urgent Care facility in collaboration with the pharmacy, with weekend and after-hours medical-pharmaceutical services.