Medicine Clinic Volunteers Receive First Story Grant to Help Uninsured Patients

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades received a grant of $ 4,017 from First Story to provide free medical care to three low-income, uninsured patients for one year.

VIM patients are 100% low income, 96% Latinx, and the majority live with chronic conditions such as diabetes. They mainly have multiple jobs and / or take care of their families. VIM enables patients to be healthy, to continue working, to avoid insurmountable medical debts and to stay housed.

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dramatically expanded health care coverage, many Oregonians have been left behind. The state of Oregon reports that 277,000 residents do not have health insurance and that the percentage of registrants has stagnated. In Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, more than 15,000 community members do not have health care coverage.

In addition, Families USA estimates that 50,000 adults in Oregon also lost their health insurance between February and May 2020. Numerous studies show that people on lower incomes are sicker, with poorer health outcomes and mortality. earlier.

About the first story

First Story wouldn’t be what it is today without the passion and dedication of founder Hayden Watson. Robert and Virginia Watson, founders of Hayden Homes, taught their son the importance of building a successful home construction business and the spirit of giving. Virginia believed that we should live in a world where we give more than we receive and this philosophy became the inspiration behind First Story. In 1998, to honor his father and mother, Hayden started First Story. The nonprofit organization began by making direct donations to charitable causes in towns and villages across the Pacific Northwest. But Hayden’s vision was bigger than that, and in 2002 First Story worked with Hayden Homes to build the very first dealership.

Today, First Story tackles the affordable housing crisis with an integrated approach that helps individuals access homeownership while encouraging inclusion. The non-profit organization works with builder Hayden Homes to build homes in their communities, which are then sold through First Story’s loan program. This unique approach, which avoids housing segregation, provides move-in housing to qualified applicants with a region’s median income of 80% or less. For more than 20 years, the association has supported other community partners through its grant program. To date, nearly 700 charities providing shelter, food and advocacy services to families in crisis have received more than $ 1.6 million from First Story.

About Cascades Medical Volunteer Clinic

Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades (VIM) is a non-profit clinic located in Bend that provides free medical care to low-income, uninsured adults from working families in central Oregon. Our mission is “to improve the health and well-being of medically uninsured and severely underserved people through the commitment of dedicated professionals, community partners and volunteers.” VIM is the only clinic in central Oregon that cares for uninsured people free of charge. Patients receive primary and specialized medical care, medication, mental health care, surgery, physiotherapy, laboratory work, medical tests, and education programs. All care is provided by medical and support volunteers.

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