Idaho’s Community Health Centers Receive $1 Million Donation to Address Mental Health in Rural Idaho

Donation from Cambia Health Solutions will increase access, improve quality of care, and support behavioral health needs 

Boise, Idaho – Idaho’s community health centers are set to expand behavioral health access to Idaho’s rural communities thanks to a $1 million donation from Cambia Health Solutions.

“This donation addresses an urgent need in rural Idaho. All of Idaho’s community health centers serve rural populations and, in many cases, they are the only access point for medical, dental and behavioral health services,” said Yvonne Ketchum-Ward, CEO of the Idaho Primary Care Association. “The donation will support community health centers’ longstanding mission of providing mental health services to all Idahoans’ regardless of income or ability to pay.” said Ketchum-Ward.

The Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA), the non-profit association group for Idaho’s community health centers, was the donation recipient and will utilize the funds to support Idaho’s community health centers in 52 communities in these three key areas:

  • Expand access to mental health services
  • Increase long-term capacity through workforce development
  • Improve public perception/stigma around mental health issues and accessing services

IPCA is honored to receive Cambia Health Solutions’ $1 million donation to launch this program with Idaho’s community health centers. This donation is part of a larger $11.5 million investment throughout Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington to help meet the urgent mental and behavioral health needs intensified by COVID-19 in local rural communities.

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Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) has been the leading state advocate for community-based healthcare programs since 1982. The association plays a vital role in educating federal and state policymakers about issues relating to healthcare and the role of community health centers. IPCA provides training and technical assistance to Idaho’s health centers in the areas of health center operations, quality improvement, outreach and enrollment, workforce development, and network management. http://www.idahopca.org/ 

Idaho’s Community Health Centers are locally operated health systems offering affordable care to improve the wellness of individuals and communities. This year health centers:

  • Provided integrated medical, dental, behavioral health & pharmacy services
  • Served 202,753 patients – or 1 in 9 Idahoans
  • Had a statewide presence of 91 clinic sites in 52 communities
  • Operated more over 50 school located clinics

For a list of Idaho’s health centers and map of clinic locations: https://bit.ly/32u7WOj 


 

About Cambia Health Solutions

Cambia Health Solutions is dedicated to transforming health care. We put people at the heart of everything we do as we work to make the health care system more economically sustainable and efficient for people and their families. Our company reaches millions of Americans nationwide, including more than 3.1 million people in the Pacific Northwest who are enrolled in our regional health plans. To learn more about us, visit CambiaHealth.com or Twitter.com/Cambia.  

 

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