A Message from Ken Loving, MD
The community we live in is vibrant and prosperous for some, but not for all. There are people who desperately need housing, job training, healthy food and health care. Some face daily pressure from neighborhood violence, immigration issues or addiction.
These are individuals and families who might otherwise be forgotten in our community. But, at Access Community Health Centers, they are not forgotten.
At Access, we provide individuals and families with the critical care they need when they have nowhere else to turn. We offer patients comprehensive health care, as well as important support services, regardless of their ability to pay.
I’d like to share a few statistics that help illustrate the breadth of our work:
- Last year, over 28,000 individuals received care at Access.
- Almost 40 percent of our patients are under the age of 18, and more than half are people of color.
- Approximately half of our patients live in poverty.
- Over the past year, 924 homeless individuals received services at Access.
- Almost 3,000 children received dental services through our school‐based Celebrate Smiles program.
- Approximately 20 percent of our medical patients have used behavioral health care services at our clinics over the past year.
These statistics only tell part of our story. What they don’t express is how our services change our patients’ lives and strengthen our community. Because beyond the actual services provided, it’s the way care is provided that makes such a difference to our patients, to the neighborhoods in which they live, and for our community as a whole.
Empowering the Patient
When a patient comes to Access, they have the ability to access a variety of services to help them achieve better health. Our care teams work together with the patient to develop a plan of care that aligns with a person’s goals and values. If a patient is encountering homelessness, facing addiction or mental health issues, or living in an unsafe situation, we have an ability to offer immediate help, which is key to providing meaningful and effective care.
At Access, we recognize that the health of each patient is intricately linked to the circumstances of their family and the neighborhood where they live. We work to offer an environment that is familiar and comfortable. Patients receive care in a language that is their own, from a diverse staff that mirrors their friends and family. And, the care is provided in the neighborhoods where it is most needed. These unique aspects of our care lead to better health outcomes and mean so much to the diverse communities we serve, and for all communities throughout our service area.
Access has grown and evolved to accommodate the needs of our rapidly changing community. We are an important part of efforts to address some of our greatest challenges – like homelessness, poverty and equal access to health care. We collaborate with like-minded individuals and organizations to help those who don’t share an equal portion of our community’s success.
Now more than ever, people in need throughout the community are looking to Access for help. Your support helps us offer additional services and increase our capacity for care for those who need it the most.
We will continue to look for opportunities to do more. In the coming year, we will open a new oral surgery practice which offers a critical service that is not currently available to many of our patients. Our recently renovated William T. Evjue Clinic will offer more opportunities for care for people throughout the community. And, we’ll look to add more providers and staff, and expand clinic hours throughout our organization to make sure our clinics are running at capacity to meet the needs of the community.
There is still much to do, but with your support I’m confident that the work we do today will lead to greater opportunities for individuals and families who need us.
Thank you for your support of Access and for your dedication and commitment to our patients and our community.