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Clay County Health Department Awarded Grant to Improve Access to Primary Care Services
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The Clay County Health Department was awarded $375,000 in primary care funding to re-open the Health Department’s clinic location in Green Cove Springs. The funds come from The Haridopolos Primary Care Initiative that is helping health care organizations serving poor families in 36 Florida Communities, including Volusia and Marion Counties. The grant funds are for one year, with a possibility of continuing into future years.

“This is wonderful news,” stated Nancy Mills, Health Department Administrator. “Competition for the Low Income Pool Primary Care Expansion project was great, but so is the need in Clay County. Armed with data from the recently completed health needs assessment, we proved the need and provided a plan to reopen the clinic. We plan to reopen the clinic as soon as staff is hired and trained and all the necessary infrastructure and required agreements are in place.” The Health Department is required to put up 22% in cash match. As with any grant, the project will be evaluated on deliverables, which include decreasing avoidable emergency room admissions, coordinating care services, and improving patient adherence to self care measures.

The Health Department is partnering with Orange Park Medical Center to identify Clay County residents with chronic illness who do not have a family doctor and go to the emergency room for routine healthcare. Without giving a definite date, Mills anticipates an early spring opening. Plans are to open the clinic two days a week with some evening hours. While patient referrals to the clinic will come from existing indigent health care partners, the primary referral source will be the emergency room of the Orange Park Medical Center.

According to Mills, the Health Department will work closely with the Northeast Florida Health Planning Council LIP Diabetic Program, the Baker/Clay Dental clinic, St. Vincent’s Mobile Outreach, the Saturday Clinic, The Way Free Clinic and We Care volunteer providers to coordinate services for eligible Clay County residents. Eligibility for the program will be determined by the Health Department Social Services staff, which will assist patients with applications for this and other qualifying Health Department programs.

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