Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Federally Certified Rural Health Clinics Celebrate Safetynet Clinic Week

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Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Federally Certified Rural Health Clinics are Celebrating Safetynet Clinic Week, August 30 to September 3, By Inviting State Policymakers and the Public to Visit their Clinics

The Colorado Rural Health Center’s Chief Executive Officer, Lou Ann Wilroy, said people often think all parts of the critical healthcare 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 adequately funded is essential to ensuring our ability to continue delivering care to some of the state’s most at-risk residents,” Wilroy explained.

ClinicNET’s Executive Director Sharon Adams said people often think all parts of the critical healthcare safety net are supported by federal funds. “Our clinics are Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics. They treat many uninsured and underinsured patients but they do not get additional federal funds to operate like our colleagues who work for federally-qualified health centers,” Adams explained.

Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and federally certified Rural Health Clinics encompass 78 clinics located in 33 counties throughout Colorado including family medicine residency programs, faith-based clinics, school-based clinics and other non-profit clinics. The clinics are funded by foundation and corporate grants, patient revenue, public grants, private contributions, donated services and fundraising events.

About The Colorado Rural Health Center
CRHC was founded in 1991 as Colorado’s nonprofit State Office of Rural Health. CRHC works with Federal, state and local partners to offer services and resources to rural healthcare providers, facilities and communities. CRHC has a diverse and inclusive statewide constituency of over 3,500 people and organizations. For more on the Colorado Rural Health Center call 303-832-7493 or go to http://www.coruralhealth.org.

About ClinicNET
ClinicNET affiliated clinics are Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) throughout Colorado. The clinics provide primary health care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Coloradans. For more information about ClinicNET call 720-233-7375 or go to http://www.clinicnet.org.

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