Visits to a PPNorCal health center help keep patients out of hospitals and emergency rooms, which is critical during public health crises like the current pandemic. Retaining quality providers in our health centers can make the difference between seeing a patient within days versus weeks.
This is especially important in our rural communities, which make up over half of the 20 counties we serve. Patients may have to drive over four hours round trip to receive care in Eureka, Chico, or Redding. Some counties have a prevalence of religious hospitals where birth control, vasectomies, and abortions may not be available.
Recruiting and retaining health care providers in rural areas is especially challenging. Many jobs remain unfilled for months, resulting in unmet patient needs. To remain competitive PPNorCal must invest in innovative solutions, like offering partial student loan repayments and other incentives.
As a safety net health care provider, our patients need us now.