About Us

Project Access NOW is a Portland, Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of our communities.

We thrive because of the vision and leadership of our Board of Directors.

It is our staff who make the vision and mission of the organization a reality.

And we receive critical support for our work from a number of community partners and vendors.

Our Mission

The mission of Project Access NOW is to improve our communities’ health and well-being by creating access to care, services, and resources for those in need.


Learn more about Project Access NOW (PDF).

Download our 2019-2020 Annual Report.


The Problem: Access to Healthcare

Health care in Oregon is improving, but gaps persist. Thousands of people in our state still don’t have the coverage or access to care they need. These people either don’t qualify for insurance under the Affordable Care Act or they qualify but still can’t afford the out-of-pocket expenses necessary to access care.

Meanwhile, social determinants of health — things like income, housing, education, and access to food — negatively impact the health of entire communities, communities where people facing challenges to accessing care are more likely to live.

The result is that healthcare is too often inaccessible to those who need it most.

The Solution: Connect People to the Care They Need

Project Access NOW works to fill these gaps.

We partner with care providers, hospitals, clinics, and other community-based organizations to address the health care system’s limitations.

Our solutions work to connect the most vulnerable in our community to the care and services they need, helping them get healthy and stay that way.

Our Strategies

  • Connect low-income, uninsured clients to the donated primary and specialty care they need.
  • Pay health insurance premiums for people who qualify for coverage under the Affordable Care Act but can’t afford the expenses necessary to access their care.
  • Connect low-income people being discharged from the hospital to resources such as transportation, car seats, and temporary housing to help them get home safely and more easily access follow-up care.

Our strategies have a proven track-record of success, as evidenced by the expanding list of partners and stakeholders who see the positive effects of our initiatives and value our contribution to community health.

Our Values

We share a collective responsibility as we strive to make each day and each action count in service of our mission through the following values:

Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

We honor the fundamental value and dignity of all who we work with and serve. We strive to create an environment that respects and includes diverse perspectives, traditions and experiences. We commit to furthering equity throughout our organization.


Our success depends on the contributions of each team member. We honor and care for one another as a community and celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments.

Flexibility and Resilience

We are adaptive and resilient as we encounter changing circumstances. We seek and embrace new ideas with enthusiasm and draw on the strength of our diversity for solutions that are enterprising and dynamic.

Transparency in Leadership

We listen with intention to understand, providing timely and open communication about organizational decisions. We strive to build an inclusive organization in which leadership actively seeks staff engagement and input.

Creativity and Innovation

As a growing organization, we nurture an environment where creativity, persistence, risk-taking, patience, caring, and the desire to contribute are encouraged and embraced.