“This is the only place I will go for my sons.”
When Assa Keita moved to Colorado in 2011, her twin sons were a year old and one of them was lagging in his growth. She applied for Medicaid, public health insurance for low-income individuals and families, and received a list of medical providers to choose from for her children. Assa chose Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics because the organization’s main office in Thornton is close to her home. Today, Assa wouldn’t think of going anywhere else for her sons’ medical care. From the first visit, the immigrant from Guinea was impressed with the quality of care and attentiveness of the staff. The staff quickly identified that her son, Mamadou, was underweight and needed additional support to adequately grow. Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics enrolled Mamadou in a new program, called the Thrive Clinic, which provides coordinated care from a team that includes a dietition, social worker and pediatrician at monthly visits. “They spent a lot of time with us and told me what I can do to help his situation. It really helped,” Assa says. The staff tracked what Mamadou ate and advised Assa about ways to increase the calories and nutrition of the food that she fed her son – such as adding cheese to eggs and serving whole milk. She also received free food twice a month from the food pantry at Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics – proteins, vegetables, milk and other items that were listed on her sons’ nutrition plan. Today, Mamadou is growing well and at a weight that is expected for his age.
“I’m glad that I came here and that this program was here when I really needed it,” Assa says. “This is the only place I will go for my sons. Dr. Henderson is excellent. Dr. Renu is excellent. They listen to you. They take extra time. You don’t see any rush in them at all. Every time I need them, they are here.”
“Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics is the best. I would recommend this place to anyone.”