Nationwide Well being Middle Week is August 7-13. As we do each August, Rogue Neighborhood Well being makes use of this time to advertise the essential work group well being facilities throughout the nation do – offering main and preventive care companies to just about 29 million folks.
Neighborhood well being facilities present companies to individuals who disproportionately undergo from power sicknesses and lack entry to high quality, reasonably priced care. Whereas the method is community-based and native, collectively group well being facilities are the spine of the nation’s main care system. Neighborhood well being facilities cut back nationwide well being care prices by $24 billion a 12 months, cut back charges of power illness, and stimulate native economies.
At Rogue Neighborhood Well being, we offer medical companies no matter insurance coverage or earnings standing just about and at 4 areas within the Rogue Valley, in addition to dental, pediatric and behavioral well being facilities. For these going through difficulties, we offer help in making use of for insurance coverage via the Oregon Well being Plan or acceptable alternate options, and join folks with related assets, corresponding to meals help and advantages, habit and restoration companies, and transitional housing for these affected by forest fires.
Neighborhood well being facilities do not simply handle medical issues, they’re innovators who look past a affected person’s historical past to deal with elements that may trigger well being issues, corresponding to poverty, homelessness, substance use, psychological sickness , lack of vitamin and unemployment. They’re a important piece of the well being care system, collaborating with hospitals, state and native governments, and well being and social organizations to enhance well being outcomes for medically susceptible folks.
As COVID-19 took its toll, like many well being facilities, Rogue Neighborhood Well being has tailored its companies to extend telehealth and digital go to choices. We additionally responded with in depth outreach to make sure the group was stored knowledgeable and capable of entry care with minimal disruption. Whereas the pandemic has been troublesome to navigate, it has compelled us to look at how we attain out to and serve our group and laid the groundwork for a extra versatile and accessible method that may proceed to learn our members.
To guard the companies group well being facilities present, it is very important proceed to have interaction state and federal representatives to make sure steady funding to maintain our doorways open and shut the rising entry hole for medically susceptible communities. Congress should act in order that CHCs proceed to function well being care houses.
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Alison Waldron is Advertising Coordinator for Rogue Neighborhood Well being.