Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority: Bridging gaps in health care access

Completed Projects

Encompass Mobile Therapy Van

Posted Sat, October 01, 2016

Grantee: Encompass Northwest
Timeframe: October 2016-September 2017 | Amount: $7,500

Encompass will create a mobile therapy vehicle in a modified Sprinter van that will be upfitted to contain a PCIT lab with a walled off play room, a one-way mirror and the sound and video equipment necessary to provide the program.

Smiles in Schools

Posted Tue, April 05, 2016

Grantee: Washington State Smile Partners
Timeframe: April 2016-March 2017 | Amount: $20,000

Smile Partners aims to overcome the obstacles that keep the lowest-income, most ethnically diverse groups at its current schools from participating in its preventive oral hygiene program. It estimates that at least 800 low-income children most in need of preventive oral health would gain access to its dental hygiene services as a result of this project. Through careful data tracking during Smile Partners' consent process in its Pre-K and Elementary schools, its hygiene teams document participation levels among families in these existing schools. It has been able to gain a close count of the households whose children may benefit from their services but do not participate for a number of different reasons, which include lack of Medicaid coverage (despite possible eligibility), lack of awareness that dental services are covered by their Medicaid insurance if they carry it, cultural resistance to or lack of awareness of the importance of tooth-decay prevention, language barriers, and inability to cover the service's subsidized copay.