We believe that everyone, regardless of circumstances, deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Our investments target the root causes of systemic issues such as inequality, resource allocation and health care access. With every investment we make and every partnership we cultivate, we use data collected from our community health needs assessment to prioritize high-need populations and to focus where we can make an impact. This past year, we focused on supporting community programs that addressed:
- Perinatal support for the Latinx community and for substance use disorders
- Holistic chronic condition support for at-risk communities
- Access to equitable care
Through meaningful collaboration, Providence is supporting organizations across all sectors that understand the needs of our communities. Some of the inspiring ways our investments are making a difference include:
- Strengthening and diversifying perinatal support
Through extensive bilingual educational opportunities offered by Paso a Paso, Latinx parents are empowered to build personalized parenting plans while being treated with compassion, dignity and respect. Also, Humboldt RISE (Resilience and Inclusion through Support and Empowerment) diagnoses and treats individuals experiencing substance use disorder, while offering tools for support and empowerment.
- Comprehensively supporting at-risk individuals with chronic conditions
The CARE Network is a mission-driven program providing intensive medical and psychosocial care management for uninsured or underinsured low-income patients. Patients receive a continuum of care that increases self-sufficiency, quality of life and health outcomes, while decreasing health care costs.
- Bringing equitable health care to underserved individuals
Our Mobile Health Clinic provides equitable care, access and support in a time filled with myriad unknowns. The wheeled clinic provides free acute and chronic medical care to local underserved populations. During COVID-19, it has helped to decrease hospital admissions and emergency room visits by administering hundreds of COVID-19 tests and flu shots, specifically supporting local homeless shelters.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our Northern California communities and to work with so many outstanding local partners to continue to serve those in need. I encourage you to learn more about the many ways Providence is helping Northern Californians, especially the poor and vulnerable, achieve healthier lives.
- Kevin Klockenga, chief executive, Providence, Northern California