According to a 2014 study, Tri-Town Health Centers saved an estimated $7 million in costs to the local healthcare system and provided an overall economic impact of nearly $23 million in 2013, based on the number of direct jobs created and other jobs supported. Tri-Town Health Centers also provided nearly $3 million in tax revenue to local and state governments, further adding to its positive economic impact.
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Hundreds of families and thousands of individuals also received critical help with food, utility payments, and other aid through referrals from the local health centers, explained Tri-Town CEO Joseph R. DeSantis.
“Our Health Center offices are often the first point of contact for people facing economic hardship, giving us the opportunity to bring the efforts of our agency to bear in solving the issues that their families face, ensuring that their households are more stable and further improving our patients’ chance for better health outcomes,” said DeSantis. “Because we also host an Affordable Care Act patient navigator, Tri-Town Community Action has given hundreds of families access to low-cost, high-quality health insurance that they would not have otherwise had.”
Tri-Town Health Centers are designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers [FQHC], which Dowlatshahi noted “means that we can recruit and hire qualified, experienced, and dedicated staff who bring their impressive skills to provide the highest-quality health care to our clients.”
Although local solutions, health centers need sustained federal investment to meet the growing demand for their services and help more Americans gain access to affordable healthcare. To learn more about health centers and the #Access is the Answer campaign, please visit the following links:
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) at www.nachc.org.
You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW15 on Twitter.