The mission of Project Access NOW is to improve the health of our community by creating access to care and
services for those most in need.
Our Thanks to Kaiser Permanente
We are so grateful for the relationships we have with our volunteer health care providers. In the case of Kaiser Permanente, our partnership started out with their generous offer to donate providers and facilities to perform hernia surgeries for Project Access NOW clients. Our clients were so relieved to have access to this specialty care to treat a condition that, while not life threatening, certainly hinders a person’s ability to live a pain-free and productive life.
But also knowing that many health concerns requiring specialty care are often caused by another chronic, long-term illness, Kaiser physician, Dr. Jill Ginsberg, initiated a pilot program to offer primary care services to Project Access NOW clients in one Kaiser clinic location.
Following Dr. Ginsberg’s retirement from Kaiser in 2012, the primary care program through Project Access NOW continued and began to expand even further to include all of the Kaiser facilities and providers within the tri-county area. When a Project Access NOW client is referred to Kaiser, he or she receives virtually all the benefits of a regular member, including primary care, outpatient services, inpatient care, prescriptions, and available specialty care.
Raylene became alarmed when she noticed blood in her stool this past February. She has a family history of cancer and she knew this could be one of the warning signs. Unfortunately, she had lost her job and her health insurance a few years ago. But she knew she needed to seek medical care, so she went to The Essential Health Clinic in Hillsboro. Testing for colon cancer returned a negative result. However, additional tests revealed evidence of blood in her urine. That’s when she was referred to Project Access NOW, who made arrangements for further evaluation at a Kaiser Permanente facility. The diagnosis came back as kidney stones. Raylene was relieved to know she did not have cancer.
Ensure adequate access to care.
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Your contribution will help the low-income uninsured get the care they need. Today.
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Tributes in Action
We’ve mentioned tribute gifts in the past as way to honor or celebrate an occasion or someone special and, at the same time, help Project Access NOW carry out its mission to improve the health of our community by creating access to care and services for those most in need.
Here are two heartwarming stories that illustrate tributes in action. We are immensely grateful to Holly, Tony and Shannon for designating Project Access NOW as the beneficiary of tributes in their honor. We celebrate them and thank those who supported Project Access NOW with tribute gifts.
In Sickness and in Health – A Caring Commitment
We’d like to introduce you to Holly (Milne) and Tony Hofkamp. Holly is a Family Medicine physician at OHSU who also volunteers her time in a Portland-area community health clinic. When Holly and Tony became engaged, they decided they would each choose an organization and ask their friends and family to make a charitable donation in lieu of gifts.
Shannon Sheds Pounds for Project Access NOW
When Shannon Kelley, one of our very own PANOW staff members, went to see her doctor this past April, she was shocked to see how much weight she had gained. She became determined to find the right motivation to get the pounds off and wanted a healthy way to lose the weight, yet also do something meaningful at the same time.
Board Member Profile: Dianne Danowski Smith
Dianne Danowski Smith has worked in health care in Oregon for two decades, to promote and increase access to health care services for the un- and under-insured in our communities. She has traveled all over Oregon with the Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program bus (www.pparxor.org) and helped to put together prescription assistance fairs statewide. It was through this outreach that she met Project Access NOW Executive Director, Linda Nilsen-Solares, and found she knew many of the wonderful volunteers at PANOW. “It’s important to join hands and share the vision with the providers and program planners to get health services and medicines to those in need,” she says.
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Staff Profile: Kristin Ploog
Kristin’s journey toward the field of community health began when she was a college student at Arizona State University. Working in the local Planned Parenthood office opened her eyes to the inequities that exist when it comes to accessing health care.
In 2005, Kristin relocated to Oregon and ultimately earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Portland State University. After graduation, she worked for Senator Jeff Merkley as an intern and, most recently, was the Program Associate for Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH). Along the way, Kristin remained involved in her community with volunteer education and fundraising activities for a number of organizations. At OFRH, among other things, Kristin was responsible for donor development and fundraising event management. She also managed the marketing and social media communications activities.