The Westside Family Health Center in Santa Monica has received a $148,958 federal grant to assist with the clinic’s health care reform outreach and education efforts.
Funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration will be used to hire two fulltime outreach specialists, who, along with the center’s established team of fulltime patient care coordinators, will be dedicated to the project, a health center spokesperson said.
“Educating the public on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been an ongoing process for us,” said Debra A. Farmer, the health center’s president/chief executive officer. “However, as the launch date approaches, it is critical that we reach and educate consumers and then motivate and assist them with enrollment into coverage.”
Westside Family Health Center teams will be working throughout Santa Monica and the Westside to provide education and information via presentations to small groups, one-on-one outreach to eligible patient populations, and host large format events such as the center’s Lunch & Learn series. The organization will also be pairing with many of its collaborative partners to maximize its outreach efforts and reach more people, the center spokesperson said.