Rosewood Family Health Center
Rosewood Family Health Center is one of six Oregon Community Health Centers that are part of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) network. Founded in 1978, YVFWC started as a clinic for migrant and seasonal farm workers and has now grown to be one of the largest community health centers in the Northwest. At Rosewood, the mission is to treat all the patient’s needs because staff at Rosewood know that patients don’t always have a home to go to after they leave the clinic.
The clinic recently finished renovations that are contributing to enhanced patient care and responsive coordination of ancillary services like behavioral health. The renovation focused on using current space in a manner that maximizes a team based approach to providing healthcare and services to patients. The integrated providers, behavioral health consultant, dietician, and social worker, are now embedded with medical teams and share team office space.
Alejandra Sanchez, MA and Sarah Bentley, MA in their team space
This new integration compliments the warm hand off approach to providing these important services at the moment when they are needed by the patient. Acting as a team, providers can coordinate care and identify resources in real time. They are working hard to eliminate barriers to care that are compounded by antiquated, siloed models of communication between departments and services.
Rosewood Clinic Medical Director Natalie Miller, PA-C, says many patients benefit from seeing Josie Rigall, Rosewood’s registered dietician, because the need for nutrition counseling is so high. Josie hosts a diabetes class once a week and collaborates with the food bank so attendees have access to a food pantry and can get food each time they go. When CCHC held its 2016 Annual Healthcare Networking Event, staff used apples to create centerpieces to reduce waste and donated them to Rosewood so Josie could provide them to patients.
Josie Rigall, RD and Beth Briggs, BHC in one of the consult rooms
Rosewood has plans to expand- they recently bought the lot across the street for a new clinic and plan to keep the old building as well. The new building will allow Rosewood to offer dental and pharmacy services. Currently, many patients go to the pharmacy of another YCFWC clinic in Woodburn for discounted medications. Staff at Rosewood understand how important it is to provide more convenient pharmacy services.
Rosewood is committed to community engagement. They hired an outreach worker who engages with families that have been assigned to Rosewood by their CCO but haven’t come in for care. The outreach worker focuses on children 17 and younger because there are long term positive effects of getting youth engaged with their health. The clinic also recently started a partnership with Asian Health & Service Center and will be providing health services at their new building in the Lents neighborhood of Portland. This building will be a community center that has classes and opportunities for both the Asian community and broader Lents community in Portland and is expected to open in fall. Rosewood is excited to be able to extend their reach to help provide valuable health services for this underserved population.
Thank you, Rosewood, for the great work you do for the community!