What is the Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC):
Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) is a network comprised of 18 members, 17 community health centers and wellness education site, and a total of 74 sites in Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Yolo Counties. Formed in 1994, our mission is to improve access to and the quality of care provided for under-served and uninsured people in our four counties. RCHC’s major focus for the next three years is to strengthen the capacity of member health centers to act as a regional network of comprehensive primary care that provides access to consistently high quality clinical care, effective care coordination and reduce health disparities.
RCHC grew from an informational Sonoma County “Council of Clinics” monthly meeting in the early 1990s designed to share information and coordinate efforts. Led in large part by County of Sonoma leadership, the meetings evolved into a robust collaboration among health center directors around a shared goal of improving health care access and quality for underserved populations. RCHC officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1994 to received joint grants and implemented projects of mutual benefit to all health centers. Originally incorporated with health centers from Sonoma and Marin Counties, the coalition grew to add Napa and Yolo County Health Centers.
Who our patients are:
Our member health centers provide patient-centered primary care health homes to over 243,000 patients, including 129,000 Medi-Cal patients and over 68,000 uninsured individuals. Over half of our patients are Latino and over 35% of our patients are best served in a language other than English. The vast majority of health center patients are low- and very-low income with 51% of patients having incomes below the federal poverty level (FPL) and only 8% of patients with incomes over the 200% FPL. More than a quarter our patients are uninsured.
Of the 243,000 individuals served by RCHC community health centers in 2017, about 56% were living in Sonoma County, 20% in Marin County, 13% in Napa County and 11% in Yolo County. We serve roughly one in every five residents in our communities.