La Clinica will receive a $300,000 grant from Regence to expand its community health worker team and increase field-based services that help people meet basic needs around housing, food, utilities and behavioral health support. Outreach will benefit BIPOC, Spanish-speaking, immigrant and refugee, and LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as people experiencing houselessness. The award will also support two community partners — ACCESS and Rogue Retreat – which will each receive $25,000 to improve the referral process for La Clinica patients to essential food, shelter, medical and case management services.
Regence announced its philanthropic investment in communities across four states Dec. 9, 2021. The grant aims to advance health equity in underserved communities by improving access to care and addressing other needs such as housing and food to help people live healthy lives.
“Regence’s investment in this work is creating a significant positive change for our community. It’s as simple as that,” said Brenda Johnson, chief executive officer of La Clinica. “Our staff sees people in need every day, and with this funding we’ll be able to address community needs for connection and resources like never before. We’re so grateful.”
KOBI TV 5, the NBC affiliate in Medford, did a story on the grant and the services it will help provide.
The Mail Tribune also did a story on Dec. 22.