Salud Family Health Center, Fort Lupton Colorado, USA
Plan de Salud del Valle, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, also known as Salud Family Health Centers (Salud), was established in 1970 to meet the health care needs of farmworkers and their families. Salud has evolved into a primary health care delivery system providing services at 14 clinics in nine communities; it is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive primary health services to all the residents of a defined catchment area in Colorado. The U.S. Public Health Service has designated Salud as a Federally Qualified Migrant and Community Health Center. Salud's ultimate goal is to provide quality, comprehensive primary health care services, and to improve the overall health of the communities it serves by reducing barriers to health care, including: ability to pay, transportation, and language. Salud provides health care services without regard to age, sex or disease process.
The Salud system provides a full spectrum of high-quality, comprehensive, culturally competent, primary medical and dental care, including obstetrics and out-patient care to more than 66,000 residents and migrant and seasonal farmworkers in north central and northeast Colorado. Salud also operates a mobile clinic, which serves to increase access to health care by migrant and seasonal farmworkers. It currently provides more than 225,000 patient visits. It is also a significant employer in northern Colorado with nearly 400 employees. Salud has a successful history of collaborating with other organizations to maximize the available resources in the health care system to collectively improve the health status of the underserved population counties and to insure that coordination and communication occurs at every level of the health care network.
Links to the health workforce crisis
Salud's clinics provide an important safety net function. The majority of Salud's clients have little or no access to other health care providers due to a lack of private insurance. Salud has a firm commitment to provide care to all people. It promotes prevention and early intervention, thus keeping underinsured or uninsured individuals out of hospital emergency rooms. Salud staff integrates into the culture of the migrants; consequently, it has established a high degree of trust with not only the farmworkers but also the growers that employ them. Salud further serves the farmworker population by providing outreach to migrant school age children with immunization, dental care and medical services.
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