CHC receives health care grant


February 7, 2017 - 12:00 AM

The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to continue serving the uninsured and underserved in Allen County.
Funds will be used to continue providing primary medical, dental, behavioral health and support services to low-income, uninsured and underserved residents, according to a CHC news release.
The center offers discounted rates for services based on income.
“The Health Care Foundation has been tremendously supportive of our work in Allen County since the very beginning,” Jason Wesco, CHC/SEK executive vice president, said in the press release. “We continue to be extremely grateful for their partnership.”
CHC/SEK first began providing dental services in Iola in 2008 and then expanded services in 2013 to include primary medical care at the same location. Since then, the clinic has grown to provide care to an estimated 6,800 patients annually, approximately 32 percent of which are either uninsured or considered low-income and would otherwise lack access to these services.
“HCF is proud to support this work to provide medical, dental and mental health services to the underserved community of Allen County,” HCF Program Officer Andres Dominguez said. “We applaud the efforts of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas for continuing to recognize and adapt to the health needs of their community. Without an organization such as this, there would be little to no access for these services.”
CHC/SEK, the largest community health center in the state, was one of 29 organizations across Kansas and Missouri to receive funding from HCF, who awarded more than $4.25 million in funding to improve access to health care.

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