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Inner City Health Center to Expand Through Generous Grant from Colorado Health Foundation

June 14, 2019

The Inner City Health Center announced a major construction and expansion grant from the Colorado Health Foundation that will greatly amplify the nonprofit health clinic’s ability to provide metro-area underserved patients with medical, dental, behavioral and wellness care.

A critical safety net clinic for Medicaid, Medicare and uninsured patients across the metro area, ICHC plans to use the $500,000 two-year grant to rebuild its longtime York Street anchor facility to expand dental and behavioral suites, provide a shared front desk & waiting room, a fitness & wellness center, better parking and a reoriented welcome entrance.

“This vote of confidence from the Colorado Health Foundation is an enormous blessing for our mission of providing integrated, whole-health care and spiritual support with dignity and understanding, regardless of patients’ ability to pay,” said ICHC CEO Kraig Burleson.

“We are extremely grateful that this community-focused foundation has backed our vision of providing innovative body and mind care to everyone. Extending fully-integrated care and wellness to all is the right thing to do, and it’s the most humane and cost-efficient way to improve our neighbors’ health.”

In its award letter, the Colorado Health Foundation cited ICHC’s “active commitment to bringing health in reach for all.”

The grant and an accompanying capital fundraising campaign by ICHC will go toward rebuilding the 3800 York Street clinic, from new parking right through to the dentist’s chairs. The funding also provides for completion of the long-planned Chapel of Hope, as part of the Christ-centered clinic’s support for patients’ spiritual as well as physical well-being.

Construction for the clinic rebuild should begin in early 2020. The budget for the expansion is $5.1 million, and ICHC continues its capital campaign to raise the remainder after securing commitments for about half of the total.

The pressing need for ICHC’s expansion is clear in the numbers. From a modest 2,000 patient visits at its founding in 1983, ICHC now sees nearly 22,000 patient visits a year and serves another 2,000 people for non-clinical services. The need for a more patient-friendly welcome entrance on York Street also grows each year, with 48 percent of visits now coming from people living outside the city of Denver.

The mission and function of Inner City Health Center has, from day one in 1983, remained sharply focused on reducing the inequity of health and wellness access and delivery in underserved populations of Denver and the surrounding metro area. Physical expansion and reorganization of the clinic is vital to improving on that equity work.

About 60 percent of ICHC’s patients are uninsured, while the uninsured rate for the city of Denver overall is just 11.6 percent. Another 30 percent of ICHC clients use insurance from Health First Colorado (Medicaid).

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