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05 August 2013

New Information and Referral Resource to Promote Health Equity Unveiled

New Information and Referral Resource to Promote Health Equity Unveiled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2013
Contact: Samantha Meese, Cambia Health Foundation
(503) 225-4871, samantha.meese@cambiahealth.com 
 
Contact: Genevieve Ellis, Coalition of Community Health Clinics
(503) 546-4991, genevieve.ellis@coalition-clinics.org   
 
New Information and Referral Resource to Promote Health Equity Unveiled
Cambia Health Foundation grant helps the uninsured “Connect the Dots”
PORTLAND, Ore. The Coalition of Community Health Clinics is proud to launch “Connecting the Dots,” an information and referral resource that connects vulnerable community members to health and wellness services.
The Coalition and Cambia Health Foundation invite the media, community members and other stakeholders to attend a celebration and website demonstration:
Friday, August 9, 2013, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
United Way Building, 619 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, Ore. 97205
Contact: RSVP to Genevieve Ellis at genevieve.ellis@coalition-clinics.org
Subject matter experts from both the Coalition and Cambia Health Foundation will be available for interviews and media will have the opportunity to “test drive” the website.
As health reform progresses, access to health services will increase for many. However, some of our most medically vulnerable community members, including those who struggle with homelessness, lack of documentation, and language or cultural barriers, will still have difficulty connecting to care. The Coalition’s new website will meet this need by providing culturally appropriate health information to help people access services in their communities.
This project was made possible with the support of an $85,000 grant from Cambia Health Foundation. The new website is a key part of the Coalition’s strategy to ensure health equity for our community. The website will provide health and wellness information specific to the Portland-Metro and surrounding areas, including a “Find a Clinic” search tool that allows individuals to identify health centers that will best meet their immediate and long-term needs.
“Cambia Health Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of our communities, and that includes ensuring that underserved populations have increased access to high quality, affordable health care. We are proud to partner with the Coalition to strengthen the state’s safety net and advocate for programs and policies that promote health equity,” said Steve Lesky, Cambia Health Foundation Program Officer.
According to Sam Chase, Executive Director of the Coalition, “Everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed in life. Access to health care helps provide that opportunity. We believe this project will provide a valuable resource to improve health equity and outcomes in our community.”
As a non-profit network of fourteen safety-net clinic groups, Coalition clinics serve people who are uninsured and underserved in the Portland-Metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Coalition clinics offer culturally-specific services and integrated care from a broad range of health traditions, including allopathic medicine, naturopathy, chiropractic care, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.
About the Coalition of Community Health Clinics
The Coalition of Community Health Clinics is a 501(c)3 organization responsible for overseeing the shared fundraising and program activities of its 14 member clinic groups. The Coalition ensures that clinics are able to achieve economies of scale by coordinating joint grant applications, managing a medications access program that helps low-income patients afford essential medications, supervising the implementation of Health Information Technology systems within each of the clinics, and providing opportunities for clinics to share information and best practices to improve the quality and cultural competency of health services. Coalition clinics include Central City Concern, Children’s Community Clinic, Health Centers of University of Western States, Mercy & Wisdom Community Health Clinic, NARA Indian Health Clinic, National College of Natural Medicine, North by Northeast Community Health Center, OHSU Family Medicine at Richmond, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Outside In, PACS Family Health Clinic, Rosewood Family Health Center, SW Community Health Center, and the Wallace Medical Concern. For more information about the Coalition or its member clinics, please visit www.coalitionclinics.org.
About Cambia Health Foundation
Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience the health care system. A 501(c)3 grantmaking organization, the Foundation partners with organizations to create a more person-focused and economically sustainable health care system. Through its Transforming Health Care funding track, the Foundation supports ideas and innovations that engage consumers and empower providers to improve quality, advance access, encourage accountability, increase efficiency and lower the cost of care. For more information, visit http://cambiahealthfoundation.org/ or www.twitter.com/cambiahealthfdn.