By Alexandria Bordas, June 16, 2019
Three North Bay health care organizations are using $600,000 in state grants to help underprivileged, and sometimes undocumented, residents in Sonoma, Napa, Marin and Yolo counties who typically steer clear of seeking medical treatment.
Redwood Community Health Coalition, based in Petaluma, received $500,000, while Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Community Health Centers each have received $50,000.
Advocacy consultant Bethany Snyder said since 2014 the Redwood health group has focused a large portion of its efforts on narrowing health disparities for Spanish-speaking residents and those in the LGBTQ community.
“These are groups we have historically worked with for a while, but this grant is huge for us to get more specialists on the ground and out in the field working with people who may be wary of doctors,” Snyder said.
The Redwood coalition operates 71 health centers in the North Bay and serves more than 230,000 patients each year.
More than 100 groups in California received grants last month as part of an effort spearheaded by Covered California to provide medical coverage to people who have traditionally never had steady health insurance.