Big Day of Giving

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Background Statement

WellSpace Health is a non-profit community health center system that has provided care and support to individuals and families since 1953. We offer a full range of high-quality medical, dental, behavioral health, and supportive services to everyone.

In 2020, we served more than 100,000 people thru more than 400,000 encounters from 31 centers in Sacramento, Placer, and Amador counties. We are proud to be the largest provider of outpatient health care for people who are covered by Medi-Cal and those who remain uninsured.

Committed to the highest standards of quality and excellence, WellSpace Health is proud to be accredited by The Joint Commission for Ambulatory Care and Behavioral Health and certified by the Joint Commission as a Patient-Centered Health Home and a Behavioral Health Home.

In 2019, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration recognized WellSpace Health as a Primary Care Medical Home, “Access Enhancer,” “Health Disparities Reducer,” and “Advancing Health Information Technology for Quality” awardee.

Needs Statement

WellSpace Health is the largest provider of outpatient medical, dental, behavioral health, and supportive services for people who are living in poverty and those who are uninsured. We are the single largest provider of healthcare for people who are experiencing homelessness.

That is our mission, but meeting it results in meager, and often non-existent, reimbursement for the care we provide. As such, we count on charitable people who care about the health of all people.

Without your support, the most vulnerable among us, including children and people with serious mental illness, will not have access to the care they need and will get sicker. You make the difference.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

Our top needs:

1. Funding: Unrestricted – Serving the UnderservedThe needs of our patients vary and don’t always align with programs funded by our partners in government, business, and philanthropy. Unrestricted support provides us the operational flexibility we need to respond to the unique unfunded needs of patients and communities.

2. Funding: Program – Healthcare for the Homeless

Healthcare for the Homeless brings together a multi-disciplinary team that provides comprehensive care to people experiencing homelessness and those who have been successfully housed. Our Healthcare for the Homeless team includes primary care, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, street nurses, medical respite, case management, and many other supportive services.

3. Funding: Program – Healthcare for the Uninsured

WellSpace Health is the largest provider of comprehensive healthcare services to people who remain uninsured in the Sacramento region. We provide this care because we believe that everyone deserves to be seen, no matter who you are, where you come from, where you work or what place you call home. At WellSpace Health, we see you and are here for you.

4. Funding: Program – The ANKH Sisterhood (Assuring Neonatal Kinship and Health)

The ANKH Sisterhood brings together Black women who are pregnant and parenting to promote the health and wellbeing of their children. WellSpace Health empowers the ANKH Sisterhood through culturally competent healthcare and supportive services in pregnancy and beyond.

“ANKH” stands for Assuring Neonatal Kinship and Health but also reflects the ancient African symbol for “the key of life” and represents the hope every mother has for her new child and family.

Women of the ANKH Sisterhood receive comprehensive healthcare services from our Women’s Health team at health centers throughout the community. These services are supplemented by specialty programs for women who have unique needs related to their pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and behavioral health.

When women are ready to give birth, members of their WellSpace Health care team attend their deliveries in the hospital and connect them to ongoing pediatric care. Where needed, families are connected with a diverse range of community-based programs.

Key to the success of the ANKH Sisterhood is a team of African American Obstetrical providers and Sister Advocates who provide culturally responsive and community-based peer support through individual and group connections.

5. Funding: Program – Suicide Prevention Crisis Line

WellSpace Health has operated the region’s Suicide Prevention and Crisis Line for more than 50 years. Today, we provide 24/7 suicide prevention services via telephone, text, and chat in Sacramento and Placer counties. If you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling suicidal, you can reach our team of professionals by calling (916) 368- TALK (3111) or by texting the word HOPE to 916-668-iCAN (4226). The WellSpace Health Suicide Prevention and Crisis Line is dually accredited through the American Association of Suicidology and Joint Commission on Behavioral Health.

Leadership Statement

WellSpace Health has an audacious mission – to achieve regional health through high-quality comprehensive care. We double down on this mission by committing ourselves to the idea that “everybody deserves to be seen.”

It rings true to our personal and organizational values. It’s who we are.

We know it’s not easy though. It means creating capacity for care by seeing more patients. It means working with clients who have been abandoned by everyone but us. It means being a person’s rock in the midst of their crisis. It means working really hard and having a lot of compassion. It means doing what others will not.

Nevertheless, we will persist and with support from people like you, we will succeed.

On behalf of my colleagues and the people we serve, thank you for committing yourself to our mission.