Access to Low Cost and Free Primary and Specialty Health Care is an ongoing challenge for many residents in the Providence Little Company of Mary service area. Numerous Community Health Department programs provide such access: Partners for Healthy Kids (PFHK) Mobile Pediatric Clinic has sustained access to free primary care for uninsured and underinsured children in the South Bay since 1994. Every year, approximately 2,500 uninsured children at 10 elementary schools receive care. Most medical issues are resolved within 2 visits. Children needing more specialized care are linked with community-based primary care clinics or specialty clinics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Vasek Polak Health Clinic is a new primary care clinic for uninsured adults that uses a low-cost, fixed-price delivery model. Opened in 2007, in the City of Hawthorne, the clinic receives core funding from the PLCM's two hospitals, the Hospital Foundation and two local philanthropies. In its second year of operation, the clinic had a 60% increase in patient visits, from 3,443, to 5,513.

Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program that provides outreach and guidance for children and families who are eligible for Medi-Cal and HealthyFamilies insurance programs. We annually enroll and retain 250 children. Providence Little Company of Mary was recently selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as one of two non-profit organizations in California to receive grant funds to enroll children in subsidized health insurance. We expect to enroll 1600 children over the next two years.

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