Stronger together: investing in safety net clinics

June 01, 2016
No one organization can improve community health alone, and partnering with like-minded organizations creates solutions that are stronger and more sustainable long-term. For Providence, local safety net clinics, which operate with limited staff and resources, are vital partners because of their deep understanding of what the very vulnerable individuals in our communities need. 

Helping ten clinics serve those who are vulnerable

Although we’ve made some progress, many communities face a lack of access to preventive or primary care. In response, Providence is collaborating with Kaiser Permanente Northwest to support nine safety net clinics that provide essential health services to low-income and uninsured people and their families. Together, we are investing a total of $380,000 over two years, allowing the clinics to serve more people and better plan for their future. The clinics are using the grants in a variety of ways, such as improving electronic medical record systems, expanding health care services and developing providers and community leadership. 

Providence also provided a separate grant to Neighborhood Health Center, which will be opening a new clinic in Tanasbourne, Oregon, this year. In addition to increasing access to care, the grant will also help the clinic develop a strategic plan for fundraising and community engagement as the health care environment continues to evolve.