SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Jordan Valley Community Health Center was awarded with another $1 million grant by UnitedHealthcare to help expand its community health worker program to rural areas and its satellite clinics.
Last year’s $1.5 million grant helped enable the health care center to serve more than 10,000 patients and offer more services to those in need.
The program connects people to critical resources such as food, housing and transportation, and provides one-on-one health screenings and preventive-care services.
“You know we’re just really blessed to have this opportunity two years in a row, and it really means a lot. We feel like the community health worker program is something that is extremely important for improving health care outcomes and also access to care. We believe that it is a solution to some of the ongoing problems we have related to the growing dependency on Medicaid and issues such as that. And so for us we are just privileged to have it. We think it is a great opportunity and once again have the utmost appreciation for United in recognizing us for it," stated Brooks Miller, CEO of the clinic.
After the award ceremony, state legislators and other leaders held a round table discussion to talk about additional needs and future plans for the community health worker program and issues around access.