Access Community Health Centers: Providing Care to the Underserved
Working at Access Community Health Centers is perfect for Ken Loving, MD. "It's the reason I went to medical school," he says. "I love the way the job allows me to combine the science of being a physician with interaction on a daily basis with people in the community who have trouble accessing the health system."
As a federally qualified health center, Access Community Health Centers is mandated to provide care for people who cannot overcome economic, cultural, educational and numerous other barriers. Located in the heart of Madison's most underserved communities, the center's two locations bring care to the groups who need it most.
In 2006, Access Community Health Centers served 8,000 men, women and children from Dane County. One-third were under age 18, and more than half were uninsured.
UW Health continues to be an important source of support, enabling the organization in 2005 to open its second location, the William T. Evjue Clinic on Madison's east side. Already, in July 2006, Access Community Health Centers broke ground to add medical and dental exam rooms at that location to serve more of the city's underserved and uninsured residents.
UW Health donates operating funds annually, as well as the following:
- Physician services
- Nurse-midwife services
- Lab and medical imaging
- Bilingual patient materials
- Medical answering service
- Information technology, including computers, Web access, e-mail and a new billing, scheduling and electronic medical records system
The collaboration works both ways, as the centers also serve as training locations where UW School of Medicine and Public Health residents treat patients in partnership with faculty physicians.