Even though Coalition Clinics are a major part of the solution to the health care crisis, we cannot do it alone. To ensure improved health care and access for the vulnerable, we partner with other crucial safety net providers. These partnerships are integral to carrying out the work of the Coalition and the member clinics.
The generosity of our supporters – donors and community partners – continues to be inspiring. A sincere thank you to all:
Multnomah County Health Department; OCHIN; Oregon Health Authority/ Emergency Preparedness Program; the Oregon Community Foundation and the Wayne M. Pidgeon Fund; Cambia Health Foundation; PacificSource Foundation; Oregon Office of Health Information Technology; Meyer Memorial Trust; NW Health Foundation; HomeForward; Oregon Health Career Center; Portland State University; Portland Community College; CareOregon; Providence Health & Services; Kaiser Permanente NW; the Swigert Foundation; Legacy Health System; Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center; Clackamas County Health Department; Oregon Primary Care Association; 211Info; Boeing Corporation; The Oregonian; Project Access NOW; Transition Projects, Inc; Linguava Interpreters & others.
The Multnomah County Health Department
MCHD is a key Coalition partner offering financial support for its core functions, data management assistance and the facilitation of a unique health care provider indemnification program. The County indemnifies all Coalition Clinic Volunteer Medical Providers under the Oregon Tort Claims Act. This coverage makes volunteering in the Coalition clinics easy for the volunteer and cost-effective for the clinic.
The Oregon Community Foundation: Wayne M. Pidgeon Fund
The Wayne M. Pidgeon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundations provides support for the Coalition’s program that provides psychiatric medications for low-income and uninsured patients in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties. The program serves more than 3,300 patients a year, who would otherwise be unable to afford the medications, giving them a chance at a productive, high quality of life.
The Oregonian’s Season of Sharing 2011
The Oregonian’s 2011 Season of Sharing contributed $12,000 in donations, either directly or through the Oregonian. Funding from this program will benefit thousands of individuals through the Medications Assistance Program.
Legacy Health System
Legacy Health System provides support to the Coalition for the Medications Assistance Program and Language Interpretation program. Legacy is dedicated to achieving the highest possible community standard for safe, quality health care. Support of these programs is aimed at achieving this goal and helps make medical resources accessible for low income and uninsured individuals.
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
In 2009, United Way awarded the Coalition a grant to build a Health IT strategic Plan for community clinics.
In 2006, United Way awarded the Coalition a grant for the Access & Referral Project, which provided funding for the creation of this website to help increase access for the Coalition clinics and their patients. This project was awarded a Spirit Award and the Coalition of Community Health Clinics was named the 2007 Community Partner of the year by United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. Read more
The Meyer Memorial Trust
The Meyer Memorial Trust supports Project Access Multnomah County. This funding enables the Coalition to provide enrollment and eligibility assistance to patients of Coalition Clinics who are enrolled in Project Access.
Kaiser Permanente continues to support the Coalition through grants aimed at increasing the capacity of Project Access Multnomah County to provide coordinated specialty care for Coalition patients.
Truecast Design provided many hours of website programming and support at a fraction of the cost. We are very grateful to the talented Dan Baldwin for the spectacular programming that makes this website so beautiful, so useful and so functional.
The Cambia Health Foundation
The Coalition of Community Health Clinics would like to thank the Cambia Health Foundation for awarding us a $86,000 grant to partner with 211info on a program to connect underserved populations to healthcare resources. This program, “Connecting the Dots,” will allow low-income and insured patients to easily access information about regional health and wellness services, particularly culturally-appropriate options.
The Northwest Health Foundaton
The Northwest Health Foundation grant for health information technology (HIT) will help eight Coalition clinics prepare to implement an HIT/electronic health record system that will improve care, reduce costs and facilitate communication among clinics and other community agencies. Key partners are OCHIN and Portland Community College. Although there is federal funding to help larger clinics adopt HIT, none is available to smaller clinics with less infrastructure. NWHF’s investment will bridge this digital divide and the program will serve as a model for similar clinics in our region.
Providence Health and Services
In 2010 Providence awarded the Coalition a grant to fund purchased medications and interpretation. This funding ensures that the Coalition continue to support a robust, culturally competent primary care system.
Providence is a dedicated in-kind supporter of the Pharmacy Bridge Program. Providence supports this program through the technical assistance of their pharmacy team. The on-going technical assistance of Providence has significantly increased access to medications for low-income and uninsured patients.
The Swigert Foundation
The Swigert Foundation provides funding for the Medications Assistance Program, which provides Coalition patients with medications for acute and chronic conditions (unrelated to mental health). Since 2006, this program has served more than 15,000 people with life-enhancing, and sometimes life-saving, medications.
Pacific Source Foundation
Pacific Source Foundation provides funding in support of the Coalition’s core programs that benefit patients at all member clinics, including: medications assistance, language interpretation services, volunteer recruitment and management, a shared health information technology project, a service linking callers and website users with health information and resources, and referral systems that connect patients to free or low-cost primary and specialty care.
The Pharmacy Bridge is a partnership between the Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Project Access NOW and Providence Health Systems. This partnership is designed to provide needed medications to Coalition and Project Access patients.
Center for Integrative Medicine (CIMPH)
CIMPH strives to build bridges to health in underserved communities using sustainable, integrative approaches. Employing a combination of conventional and complimentary medical strategies, we are dedicated to designing, implementing and evaluating innovative public health programs, training health care providers and improving the quality and efficacy of health care delivery in low income populations.
The Coalition has partnered with the Center for Integrative Medicine in the development of a Preventative Medicine/Public Health Residency for Naturopathic Physicians. This two year residency program is scheduled to begin in fall 2010 and will be sited in many of the Coalition clinics. This program will train licensed naturopathic physicians to serve as primary care providers in underserved communities.
Coalition patient photos contributed by Photographer, Deborah Dombrowski.