La Clinica awarded $450,000 grant

La Clinica has been awarded a $450,000 Kresge Foundation challenge grant to support the capital campaign for their Central Point Health Center. The Kresge Foundation is a national, private foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and opportunity in the underserved communities and improving the health of low-income people.

"We applaud La Clinica's efforts to serve the growing medical needs of the most vulnerable in your region," said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation. "In particular, we are pleased to recognize the outreach services provided to those unable to access care at clinic sites and their dedication to provide increased access to those in greatest need."

The Kresge Foundation grant is a challenge grant — La Clinica must meet their campaign goal of $3.5 million to secure this funding. To date La Clinica, through a team of community volunteers, has raised $2.75 million towards this goal.

"Competition for Kresge Foundation support is fierce and our community really needs these additional health care funds. This grant is a challenge grant, so we are looking to the community to help us secure these much needed funds for our community," said Brenda Johnson, CEO of La Clinica.

To learn more about La Clinica's Central Point Health Center please contact Maria Underwood at or at 512-3152.

La Clinica was founded in 1988 to serve the primary and preventive needs of the migrant and seasonal farm workers in Jackson County. In 2001, in response to the increasing need for affordable primary health care within the general population of its service area, La Clinica expanded its scope to serve every member of its community. All services are offered regardless of a patient's ability to pay, and on a sliding scale basis for the uninsured.

Through the efforts of 177 staff members, La Clinica provides primary and preventive medical and dental care, mental health services, maternal-child health services, laboratory services, chronic disease management, social services, outreach services, prescription assistance, low-cost medication, referral case management, transportation and translation assistance, and OHP application assistance. In addition, it also provides specialty care in nutrition, ophthalmology, podiatry, and pain management.

In 2007, La Clinica served 12,522 patients, providing 52,855 patient visits. The great majority of La Clinica's patients are low-income and uninsured: 75 percent are very low income; 50 percent are uninsured; 60 percent are non-Hispanic; 38 percent are under 18; and 9 percent are homeless.

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