Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Rural Health Clinics Celebrate 2nd Annual Safety Net Clinic Week
(PRWEB) August 22, 2011
Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Federally Certified Rural Health Clinics are celebrating the second annual Safety Net Clinic Week, August 22 – 26, by inviting state officials and the public to visit their clinics.
The Colorado Rural Health Center’s Chief Operating Officer, David Lack, said people often think all parts of the critical health care safety net are supported by federal funds, but the realities are startlingly different. “Rural Health Clinics and Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics often receive very little if any federal funding; instead they rely on a complex and vulnerable funding stream. Mobilizing efforts to ensure all safety net providers are recognized and adequately funded is essential to ensuring our ability to continue delivering care to some of the state’s most at-risk residents,” Lack explained.
ClinicNET’s Executive Director, Sharon Adams, said one size does not fit all in the health care safety net. “All parts of the safety net and its varied models of care delivery are essential in order for every Colorado resident to have access to high quality health care,” Adams explained.
Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and federally certified Rural Health Clinics consist of 85 clinics located in 33 counties throughout Colorado. Annually, Colorado’s CSNCs and RHCs provide an estimated 750,000 visits to 300,000 Colorado residents, many in rural parts of our state. The clinics provide primary health care and chronic care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Coloradans.
About The Colorado Rural Health Center
The Colorado Rural Health Center (CRHC) is an independent, nonprofit, membership-based organization that serves as the State Office of Rural Health for Colorado. CRHC offers programs and services to ensure that rural communities have access to high quality health care services. For more on the Colorado Rural Health Center visit http://www.coruralhealth.org.
Incorporated in 2007, ClinicNET provides a collective advocacy voice for Colorado’s Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs). ClinicNET is committed to strengthening Colorado’s safety net by empowering organizations that provide health care to vulnerable populations. For more information about ClinicNET visit http://www.clinicnet.org.
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