Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 13, 2012
Colorado’s Community-Funded Safety Net Clinics and Rural Health Clinics are celebrating the third annual Safety Net Clinic Week, August 20 – 24. The week is sponsored by ClinicNET and Colorado Rural Health Center.
Public officials, candidates for office, and community leaders are invited to visit the safety net clinics in order to learn more about the essential health care services these clinics provide to the uninsured, underinsured and low income individuals and families.
The Colorado Rural Health Center’s Interim CEO, Michelle Mills, 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 recognized and adequately funded is essential to ensuring our ability to continue delivering care to some of the state’s most at-risk residents,” Mills explained.
ClinicNET’s Executive Director, Sharon Adams, said one size does not fit all in the healthcare 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 (CSNCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) consist of 88 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 health care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Colorado residents.
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
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.