The 2021 Annual Campaign

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As this challenging year comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the health impact of COVID 19–such a pervasive and invasive disease–and the effects that will be felt for generations. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your continued support, that in the midst of unprecedented struggle and hardship, we are even more united in our mission of health and healing. I am inspired by transformative changes in healthcare delivery, our ability to work effectively as a community, and the lens of equity through which we view each other. Your support is critical to our success as we continue to offer comprehensive care to meet the profound healthcare needs of our community in this rapidly changing environment.

WCHC has an amazing team of doctors and supportive staff who are passionate about their patients and meeting their needs every day. Thank you for all your hard work and support during this difficult time.”– Brenda Rizo, Perinatal Patient, Gravenstein Community Health Center

We have work to do together in 2021! Here are some of the highlights of some of the many projects on our 2021 roadmap:

LittleActionsBigResults – We are helping to lead a collective of organizations in healthcare, business, and education with a mission to engage, educate, and empower Sonoma county residents and organizations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Using a county-wide, open-source, collective action approach, we are working across sectors and cultures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, substance use, domestic violence, and years of learning lost.

CarePlus – In collaboration with other organizations, we are excited to offer practical, place-based support for seniors with depression and individuals living with mental illness who would benefit from support for cognitive, emotional, and social skills to live and work independently in our community. This program brings the unique skills and passions of Community Health Workers into our care teams.

Virtual Health – Offering patients and care teams options for in-person, telephone, or video for all of our services, including wellness, behavioral health, primary care, HIV, gender specialty, and adolescent health, has been transformative, and we are committed to being an innovative leader in ensuring these modalities are effective, equitable, and sustainable for years to come.

Interrupting the transmission of intergenerational trauma within our community – Science clearly shows that social inequity and systemic racism are critical root causes of disease and can be passed within communities and between generations through adverse childhood events (ACEs) and trauma. We envision a critical role for community health centers to support and facilitate community co-designed projects that address systemic barriers and can support meaningful policies and programs using the ‘Self-Healing Community’ model of change.

Health Center of the Future – We are thrilled that construction on the new Russian River Health & Wellness Center in Guerneville has begun and will become an integrated hub for health and wellbeing. Medical, dental and behavioral health will be provided in one location and continue to serve some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Large group rooms within the site have been designed to foster wellness, movement, and education classes as well as convening spaces for community co-design.

Today West County Health Centers is a multi-site, multi-disciplinary, tech-savvy organization that provides coordinated, integrated medical services that our patients and communities count on. In the nearly 20 years that I’ve been at the Russian River Health Center one thing has remained constant: the deep relationships we have with our patients.”—Dr. Michelle Davey, HIV Medical Director

Thank you for your generous support for our mission to provide healthcare for all. Donor support is vital to our success and we are grateful for donations of any amount. Please join with me in this inspiring work through financial partnership. I hope that we can count on you to help us safeguard access to comprehensive, quality, and accessible medical, dental, and behavioral health services for our communities. Please consider making a donation TODAY at www.wchealth.org

With appreciation,

Dr. Jason Cunningham
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. We are grateful for donations of any amount. Your contributions may be designated to support the Capital Campaign to build the new Russian River Health & Wellness Center or for support of programs that serve some of our most vulnerable neighbors including seniors, working families, children, and people living with limited financial resources. Please donate online at www.wchealth.org.

The Annual Campaign

Every year West County Health Centers launches an annual fundraising campaign to help provide medical, dental, and mental health care for our uninsured patients.  Our Annual campaign allows us to continue serving thousands of low-income and uninsured community members.  In support of West County Health Centers, all of our Board of Directors and 84% of our staff have given gifts to the Annual Campaign.

Our Annual Campaign begins with a “Family Campaign” that includes our Board of Directors and our Staff, with a goal of 100% participation.  Our next phase is the “Neighbors in Health Campaign ” where major donors of gifts over $5,000 are sought and given special recognition for their support.  This phase also includes challenge gifts from major donors with the expectation of matching gifts from other donors.  The final phase of our Annual Campaign is the “Network of Health” where we reach out to a broad range of people, including patients, who may be able to make smaller gifts.

All gifts matter and we greatly appreciate any contribution that will help us provide a medical home and empower patients and staff to build healthy lives and communities.

Gifts to West County Health Centers’s Annual Campaign will:

  • Subsidize the cost of uncompensated services such as lab fees
  • Increase access to health care and decrease health disparities among specific targeted populations including Latinos, seniors and HIV positive individuals.
  • Assure equal access to quality health services
  • Promote healthy lifestyles through targeted outreach and prevention focused activities for adolescents and other at-risk populations
  • Strengthen and expand existing dental, counseling and primary medical care services
  • Expand and improve disease management programs in priority clinical areas including diabetes, HIV, chronic pain, peri-natal services, cardiovascular disease, asthma, hepatitis C and substance use treatment
  • Improve use of information technology to support clinical quality improvements  

What impact can your gift have?

  • $500 will provide medication, supplies and health education for a diabetic patient for one year.
  • $750 will provide 10 sessions of counseling or therapy for a depressed teenager.
  • $1,000 will provide pre-natal care and vitamins for an expectant mother.
  • $1,500 will provide 10 mental health crisis interventions that could prevent a psychiatric hospitalization or self-destructive behavior.
  • $2,500 will provide dental screenings, x-rays and cleanings for 25 uninsured children.
  • $5,000 will provide monthly support groups for patients with Hepatitis C for one year.
  • $10,000 will provide 125 visits for homebound seniors.
  • $25,000 will provide outreach and medical services to care for the homeless for ten hours a week for one year.
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