HelpCare Clinic

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Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of uninsured residents of Buffalo and Kearney County by providing medical and behavioral health care in a compassionate and respectful environment. *Future counties (Custer, Franklin, Harlan, and Phelps counties) may be added at a later date.

Our vision is for all uninsured residents of Buffalo and Kearney County to have access to family-centered holistic care and to be empowered and engaged in their community.

History

  • Minority health clinic in Buffalo County closed their doors. This was the only “free clinic”, open two days per week. With assistance from Good Samaritan Hospital clinic remains open. Closes after six months unable to secure grant funding.
  • In July, 2011, the Community Health Access Team (CHAT), using community health workers assisted 250 residents with diabetes care. The model was named Health HUB.
  • Beginning in 2012, the first 50 clients of the Health HUB model program reported a total of more than $150,000 in medical debt.
  • In early 2012, physicians from Sentinel Health Care invited the Buffalo County Community Partners Board of Directors to assess the need for a community clinic.
  • Community stakeholders determined the uninsured needs in Buffalo County with potential impact to 1,000 residents.
  • This group of community stakeholders, named the Community Access Network (CAN) Team, was empowered to build an infrastructure that is inclusive of key stakeholders and innovative in utilizing the assets of Buffalo County. A case for support was drafted and funded by the Sherwood Foundation in early 2013. Click here to read about the CAN Team’s planning process and view their findings.
  • In June, 2013, funding through the Sherwood Foundation provided planning funds to contract with Mark Rukavina of Community Health Advisors, LLC, to assist our community in planning. Since that time, phases one through four of the planning process were completed.

Planning Team Structure

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Sample Committee Tasks

  • Planning Team: Values, Mission, Vision, Business Plan, alignment between committees, recommendations to Board of Directors.
  • Environmental Scan: Compiling and analyzing data, community resources, gaps in service, opportunities and risks in clinic development, and recommendations for clinic structure.
  • Legal: State/federal non-profit applications, board development, FTCA application in conjunction with Operations Committee, and additional insurance needs.
  • Operations: Development of clinic scope of services, infrastructure, resource needs (supplies, staffing, financial), EMR/ data decisions, referral process, form development, volunteer practices, and procedures. Often the largest, most complex and most long-standing committee.
  • Site: Exploration/comparison/recommendations regarding potential clinic sites, development of site (design, revisions, IT needs, etc.).
  • Communications: Internal (clinic development members) and external communications about clinic progress. Development of media kit, website, Facebook presence, logo, roster for speaking engagements, etc.
  • Finance: Budget PLUS funding plan development for Business Plan and for operational purposes, acquisition of accounting software, development of finance guidelines/policies/procedures, exploration of potential and viable funding sources, etc.

Get Involved

If you are interested in serving or volunteering with the HelpCare Clinic in any way, please click to reach their website: Help the HelpCare