A huge on-the-ground campaign, involving 23 community organizations, will play a central role in getting King County residents enrolled in affordable healthcare insurance. Representatives from each partnering group will be trained as “in-person assisters” — specially certified community members who can help people enroll in the new insurance exchange.
The assisters will focus on providing answers to questions about health coverage options, and how to get financial help that will be offered to qualifying consumers. This is especially important for those folks who are not likely to use a website or call center. Additionally, partner organizations are using their own community ties to augment outreach efforts, making sure that everyone who’s eligible for coverage is connected with the right information and resources.
Coordination for the 23 groups comes from Public Health – Seattle & King County. The organizations not only increase the manpower for health enrollment efforts, they also have experience working with specific hard-to-reach populations, including low-income residents, those with limited English proficiency, and the homeless.
The 23 organizations include:
NeighborCare Health – Provides comprehensive health care to families and individuals who have difficulty accessing care; respond with sensitivity to the needs of our culturally diverse patients; and advocate and work with others to improve the overall health status of the communities we serve.
SeaMar Community Health Centers – Provides quality, comprehensive health, human and housing services to diverse communities, specializing in serving the Latino community.
Within Reach – Serves as the foremost catalyst for improvements in maternal, child and family health. We remove the barriers and make the connections that all Washington families need to be healthy.
YWCA – Advances the quality of life for women of all ages, races and faiths, and their families. In support of our mission, the YWCA provides services to meet critical needs, promote self-sufficiency, reduce violence, eliminate racism and achieve equal opportunities for all people.
Country Doctor Community Health Centers – Improves the health of our community by providing high quality, culturally appropriate primary health care that addresses the needs of people regardless of their ability to pay.
HealthPoint – Strengthens communities and improve people’s health by delivering quality health care services, breaking down barriers, and providing access to all.
International Community Health Services – Non-profit community health center that provides affordable, culturally competent health services to medically underserved people in King County.
Global to Local – Aims to improve health in under-resourced communities locally, and to further learning/dialogue and disseminate these learnings.
Center for Multicultural Health – Promotes the health and well-being of low income and underserved individuals including individuals from communiteis of color, immigrants and refugees, and those with Limited English Proficiency.
Asian Counseling and Referral Service – Promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Pacific American individuals, families and communities – including immigrants, refugees and native born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative community-based multilingual and multicultural services.
World Relief – Helps refugees and immigrants adjust to life in the United States and to become self-sufficient and equipped to fully participate in the community.
Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) – Works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental or addictive illness. Through partnerships and an integrated array of comprehensive services, treatment and housing, they give people the opportunity to reach their highest potential.
Cierra Sisters – African-American breast cancer survivor and support organization that welcomes all cancer survivors, supporters, caregivers, family and friends.
Denise Louie – Provides multi-cultural early childhood education services to children and their families.
Friends of Youth – Delivers a broad range of services to youth and their families to improve their emotional stability and self-sufficiency.
Open Arms – Provides strong community-based support for women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Solid Ground – Works to end poverty and undo racism and other oppressions that are root causes of poverty.
Washington CAN – Works to achieve racial, social, and economic justice in our state and nation.
Plymouth Housing Group – Works to eliminate homelessness and address its causes by preserving, developing and operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing homeless adults with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives.
Center for Human Services – Strengthens the community through counseling, education and support to children, youth, adults and families. To accomplish this mission CHS provides family counseling, substance abuse services, and family support services to the community. We have offices located in Shoreline and Bothell and serve North King County in it’s entirety.
Valley Counseling – Strengthens communities through the delivery of holistic, integrated behavior health services that promote hope, recovery and improved quality of life.
Gay City – Promotes wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community.
Seattle Indian Health Board – Assists American Indians and Alaska Natives in achieving the highest possible physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well being through the provision of culturally-appropriate services, and advocates for Indian people, especially the most vulnerable members of our community.