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Health care grants awarded to six communities

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Health Care Authority has awarded $450,000 in Community Health Care Collaborative grants to six nonprofit organizations to increase access to health care for uninsured or underinsured persons, particularly school children.

Grant recipients are required to spend $2 for every grant dollar received. Four of the programs serve communities with sizeable Native populations.

Port Gamble S’Klallam’s Community Health Care Collaborative Chronic Care Management Project received $75,000 to coordinate care of those with chronic illnesses. The project includes development of care team and responsibilities, illness-specific care guidelines, standardized protective care visits, and assistance in accessing care and obtaining insurance.

The Cowlitz Free Medical Clinic received $100,000 to serve uninsured adults needing short-term care, chronic care and care management services.

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Community Health Association of Spokane received $50,000 to establish continuity of care between the emergency department and primary care treatment.

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services received $75,000 to collaborate with other local agencies to improve health care access for uninsured children.

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at