A significant portion of our community does not have access to affordable, quality medical and dental care. Underinsured and uninsured populations, including immigrants and refugees, have increased difficulty accessing medical care due to cost and experience worsened health outcomes. In 2014, 97% of our 26,000 patients were low income. Over 40% of children and 55% of adults served were uninsured. Even with basic insurance like Medicaid, choices are limited when it comes to finding quality care.
Our health center provides high quality, holistic, culturally competent medical care. We prioritize preventive solutions and deliver integrated services, treating each patient as a whole person instead of an isolated health issue. We provide primary care, dental, family planning, prenatal care, HIV, and behavioral health services to 26,000 patients and we distribute WIC services to 32,000 participants. One in ten low-income residents in our service area receives care at CCI.
Lack of access to health care has negative long term impacts on individuals and communities. Low income and uninsured persons are more likely to experience poor health outcomes, and are more likely to die early. Providing quality, affordable preventive care targeted to uninsured and low income patients confronts these disparities, eliminating the societal and personal cost of damaging health problems, and enabling all people to achieve healthy, successful lives.