Summit Community Care Clinic celebrates safety net clinic week |

Summit Community Care Clinic celebrates safety net clinic week

Daily News staff report

Summit Community Care Clinic, along with other Colorado community-funded safety net clinics and federally certified rural health clinics are celebrating the third annual Safety Net Clinic Week through this Friday.

Safety Net Clinic Week is a time devoted to educating the public and policy makers on the essential health care services these clinics provide to uninsured, underinsured and low-income individuals. Summit Community Care Clinic hosted a tour at the clinic for Emily Tracy, candidate for Colorado State Senate District 8, recently in celebration of the event.

Colorado’s community-funded safety-net clinics and federally certified rural health clinics encompass 88 clinics located in 33 counties throughout Colorado. Annually, Colorado’s clinics provide an estimated 750,000 visits to approximately 300,000 Colorado residents, many in rural parts of our state. The clinics provide primary health care and chronic care services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured Coloradans.

One size does not fit all in the health care safety net, said Sharon Adams, executive director of ClinicNET, an advocacy group for Colorado’s rural health clinics.

“All parts of the safety net and its varied models of care delivery are essential in order for every Colorado resident to have access to high quality health care,” she said.

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