About Us

The American Academy of Pediatrics defines a “medical home” as a patient, or family-centered medical care facility organized by a primary care provider and associated team that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally effective. In Guilford County, there are approximately 45,000 uninsured people at or below 200% of the federal poverty level—that’s approximately $23,000 gross yearly income for an individual; $47,000 per year for a family of four. There are thousands more low-income individuals who are under-insured—meaning they spend more than 5% of their income on out-of-pocket medical expenses or meeting their deductibles.

Most of the county’s uninsured and underinsured have no “medical home,” so they are at great risk of medical and financial complications owing to poor management of chronic health conditions, inadequate treatment of serious illnesses, lack of access to needed medications, and other problems associated with irregular or non-existent medical care.

Mustard Seed Community Health was initiated in response to the large number of uninsured and underinsured people in Guilford County without access to healthcare. Early in our planning, two dramatic changes in Guilford County’s ability to provide medical care for this at risk population compounded access difficulties. First was the 2013 closing of the largest local “medical home” serving 8,500 patients and the North Carolina General Assembly’s decisions not to expand Medicaid leaving tens of thousands with no insurance coverage. Led by Elizabeth Mulberry, MD and Kevin Devine, MPA; the Mustard Seed task force obtained pledges from community medical leaders, business leaders, and faith communities to support us in our mission of providing high quality, holistic, integrated healthcare to those in need.

We are blessed to have the support of (among others):

  • Brown Investment Properties
  • Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Cottage Grove Initiative
  • Cottage Grove Neighborhood Association
  • FaithAction International House
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Greensboro Housing Coalition
  • Guilford County Department of Public Health low cost pharmacy
  • Guilford County Care Network (GCCN) for specialty care
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
  • NC A&T State and UNCG combined Congregational Social Work Program
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
  • New Hope Community Development Group
  • Paper 2 Film Youth Program
  • Partnership for Community Care for Orange Card sign up, case management and nutrition education
  • UNCG Center for Community Engaged Design
  • UNCG RN to BSN program
  • Westover Church

Perhaps most important is our collaboration with the Cottage Grove Initiative, a community revitalization effort in east Greensboro, which allows us to pursue our holistic health goals more quickly and to a broader audience in the east Greensboro community. The Cottage Grove area will not only be home to the Mustard Seed Community Health clinic, but will also include an urban garden, outdoor spaces to encourage physical activity and other community spaces.

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Our Staff

The Mustard Seed Community Health organization is staffed by a combination of full-time medical personnel and volunteer medical staff who offer both routine nursing and special medical care. Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Mulberry is our primary physician, and she is supported by full-time nurses and other medical staff.

Beth Mulberry, MD

Dr. Mulberry graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and the combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency program at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL, an affiliate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

A short time after finishing her formal education, Dr. Mulberry found adventure working in the Alaskan bush of Bethel, Alaska, caring for the Y’upik Eskimo population, where she became more aware of the difficulties with access to medical care.

Dr. Mulberry subsequently worked in private practice on the coast of Oregon and here in Greensboro, NC. In 2007, she moved to HealthServe, a clinic in Greensboro dedicated to care for those at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, where she was on staff until 2012.

With the knowledge of up to 80,000 individuals in Guilford County unable to afford healthcare, Dr. Mulberry became part of the planning team for Mustard Seed Community Health.

“I am so excited to be part of Mustard Seed Community Health and the cooperative efforts in Guilford County to improve the health of our neighbors in the community.”

In memoriam: Kevin Joseph Devine

A dedicated advocate for equal access to healthcare in Guilford County and a strong supporter of many other humanitarian efforts, Kevin Devine was the team leader and board director for Mustard Seed Community Health. His vision and passion for providing quality care to all Guilford County residents, regardless of ability to pay, inspired many others to share their gifts in support of the Mustard Seed Community Health initiative. Everyone affiliated with Mustard Seed Community Health was shocked and saddened by Kevin’s untimely and unexpected death May 3, 2014.

Kevin Devine was a man of many talents and enthusiasms with an amazing ability to get things done. He served the citizens of Guilford County in the Department of Social Services for almost 30 years before moving to work for the Division of Social Services for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. If that weren’t enough, in 2001, he formed a consulting company, Performance Matters, serving as a Certified Executive Coach to various counties, public agencies, private nonprofits, and small businesses across North Carolina.

In addition, some may remember the entrepreneurial bread-baking business Kevin and his wife, Debbie, founded: Devine Upper Crust supplied many local stores and restaurants before becoming one of the first vendors in the then-new Farmers Market on Sandy Ridge Road.

We at Mustard Seed Community Health will miss Kevin’s wry humor and wit. He was a calming presence in the process of planning and organizing people and resources for our clinic. It is no truism to say that his spirit will live on in the care, generosity, and competence with which we will serve Guilford County’s underserved population.