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Sea Mar Community Health Centers 

Description

Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing health and human services to all who seek them, regardless of ability to pay. Since 1978, Sea Mar has grown to one of the largest community health centers in the nation operating 65 medical, dental, behavioral health sites, two skilled nursing facilities, and several human service sites spanning ten counties throughout western Washington and serving more than 244,000 clients in 2013. Sea Mar strives to eliminate barriers to healthcare to support thriving, healthful communities.
Mission Statement
Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, and housing services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos.
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Sea Mar Community Health Centers
1040 S Henderson St 
Seattle 
WA
98108 
(206) 763-5277 

Rogelio Riojas 
Executive Director 

Programs

Sea Mar Community Health Centers Programs

Medical, Dental and Behavioral Health Services
These services are the core of Sea Mar's mission. Comprehensive medical services include family medicine, obstetrics, internal medicine, adolescent health care, chronic disease management, immigration physicals, industrial/occupational health care, geriatrics, walk-in services, emergency care, in-house laboratory and radiology services, and 340b pharmacy programs. Dental services include consultations, examinations, x-rays, fillings, sealants, scaling, root canals, prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, composites, extractions, pediatric orthodontics, and school-based screenings. Mental health and substance abuse counseling provide bilingual, bicultural outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance abuse counseling. All services are provided on a sliding scale and regardless of ability to pay. Additionally, Sea Mar accepts forms of public insurance that many other health organizations do not.

Long Term Care
Sea Mar offers to residential nursing home facilities in King County. These facilities provide bilingual, bicultural long-term skilled nursing care to elderly and convalescent residents, including Alzheimer's patients.

Housing
Sea Mar provides affordable rental housing for low income families, including housing dedicated to families transitioning out of homelessness. Additionally, Sea Mar provides safe, adequate and low cost seasonal housing for migrant farm workers and their families.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

As state budget cuts eliminate or drastically reduce programs many people rely on for their livelihood, Sea Mar has taken action by bringing some of these programs into its service plan. As budget cuts force several WIC programs across the state to close, Sea Mar has taken over many programs and has become the largest private provider of WIC services in the state. These same budget cuts also present a dramatic need for the organization. As one of the few Washington organizations that accepts publicly subsidized insurance programs such as Medicaid or Basic Health, state budget cuts to these programs affect thousands of Sea Mar patients who rely on these programs to receive the health care they need. Sea Mar has played an active role in providing education, training and outreach to uninsured community members, helping thousands enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and as the need continues, so too do Sea Mar's efforts in this area. As more community members are served by Medicaid without an increase in the number of local providers seeing Medicaid patients, Sea Mar expects to see a large spike in patients seeking clinical services. Contributions to Sea Mar are directly applied to serving patients who would otherwise not receive the health care they need.

Evaluation


Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a community-based organization dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive health and human services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos.

Proven Success
Sea Mar serves a high number of underserved and at-risk children, adults and families. Sea Mar addresses access to health care and health disparities through rigorous community outreach and programs like the Chronic Care Program which helps target high risk individuals and populations.
In March of 2012, Sea Mar began providing medical services in Des Moines. With a growing population, Des Moines is in need of a community health center like Sea Mar to provide quality and affordable health care services to low-income and uninsured populations.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Sea Mar specializes in providing bilingual, bi-cultural services. All of the agency’s services are provided on site by bilingual, multicultural staff that can provide services in Spanish and/or other relevant languages.

Best Practices
Sea Mar is implementing the Patient Centered Medical Home Model at its clinics. This model will help improve patient access to health care by providing a collaborative approach to ensure patient needs are met. The model of care is designed around the patient’s needs and aims to improve the coordination of care in addition to the value of care received. All aspects of the model are important elements in addressing health care reform and supporting a healthy patient delivery model. In alignment with the strategic plan, implementing the Patient Centered Medical Home Model will increase comprehensive care in one centralized location.

Financial Health
Sea Mar has experienced cuts in public funding. They are working to improve organizational efficiencies and effectiveness to save money. One example of this is by switching to an electronic payroll system organization wide. Their electronic medical records system is also helping the organization streamline internal processes and procedures.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/10/2013 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2012 $20,000.00provide general operating support.
12/10/2011 $20,000.00support general operating expenses.

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