Sequim free clinic partners with United Way of Clallam

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic is a new partner with the United Way of Clallam County.

The board approved the addition of the nonprofit this spring.

United Way raises money during an annual campaign that is allocated to its partner agencies.

The Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, located at 777 N. Fifth Ave. in Sequim, is the United Way’s 26th partner.

The clinic serves people who are uninsured and underinsured. Services include walk-in basic urgent care, scheduled chronic-care appointments and a wellness program.

“Their strong commitment to providing free health care access to Clallam County residents had them serving over 500 new clients in 2013 alone,” said Jo Johnston, United Way funds distribution chairwoman.

“Health care laws are changing, but not fast enough. There is still a large gap in affordable insurance and the ability to find local providers.

“The Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic is filling those gaps.”

The clinic had 2,017 patient visits in 2013, said Executive Director Pamela Leonard-Ray, the clinic’s executive director.

“The value of health services to the community totaled $659,030,” she said, adding that for each dollar raised by the clinic, $3.62 of service was provided.

Jody Moss, executive director of United Way, said the clinic joins Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics in Port Angeles as a partner agency with a focus on meeting the needs of individuals who are unable to access health care in any other way.

Other United Way partner agencies are American Red Cross’ Olympic Peninsula chapter, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, the Clallam Bay/Sekiu Crisis Center, Clallam Mosaic, Concerned Citizens for Special Children, First Step Family Support Center, Forks Abuse Program, Forks Food Bank, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Healthy Families of Clallam County.

Also, Lutheran Community Services Parent Line, Olympic Community Action Programs, Olympic Peninsula YMCA, Parenting Matters Foundation, Peninsula Behavioral Health, Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center, Clallam-Jefferson Pro Bono Lawyers, St. Andrew’s Place Assisted Living Facility, Salvation Army, Serenity House of Clallam County.

Also, Volunteer Chore Services, Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, West End Youth & Community Club, United Way of Clallam County Community Solutions and Clallam Community Foundation of Port Angeles.

For more information about the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, phone 360-582-0218 or visit www.sequimfreeclinic.org.

Last modified: June 05. 2014 5:57PM
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