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Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) is a network of community clinics and health centers (CCHCs) offering culturally and linguistically sensitive, cost-effective healthcare services to the low-income and medically-underserved populations in a four county area of Northern California. The Coalition's service area is roughly the size of the state of New Hampshire and includes the counties of Sonoma, Marin, Napa, and Yolo. The service area is located north of the San Francisco Bay Area and includes frontier rural, agricultural, suburban, and urban communities.
As a group, these health centers and community clinics are the chief, and in some cases the only, providers of primary and preventive health care for uninsured, underinsured, and low-income individuals residing in the four-county service area.
Collectively, these organizations provide access to healthcare services for over 185,000 individuals. Of the 185,000 individuals served by the CCHCs, 69% live below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, 40% are uninsured, 30% are enrolled in California's Medicaid program (Medi-Cal), and 50% are Hispanic (many of whom are mono-lingual).
The beginning of RCHC can be traced back to the early 1990s, when the directors of the community health centers in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services began to meet regularly on an informal basis to network, share information, and initiate discussions about cooperative programs and funding opportunities. In 1994, with funding from the California Department of Health Services, Primary and Rural Health Services Branch Grants in Aid program, RCHC was formally organized and incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Today, RCHC offers a wide range of support services to these clinics and community health centers.