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  • Writer's pictureSheryl Barlow

THE ROTARY CLUB OF TALLAHASSEE HELPS IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE



The Rotary Club of Tallahassee presented a $2,500 check to the Capital Medical Society Foundation's Executive Director Tom Block and We Care Network and 

Program Coordinator Diana Bixler, MPH for its We Care Network program on May 1, 2024. This latest grant brings historical support of the We Care Network by the Rotary Club of Tallahassee to nearly $50,000 over the last 2 decades! 


The support helps improve access to healthcare for vulnerable low-income, uninsured adults by funding case management services to coordinate donated specialty medical and dental care, and by providing patient assistance for referral-related prescriptions, transportation, and durable medical supplies. Eligible adults' incomes are at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level, and those eligible do not qualify for any programs or (L-r) Diana Bixler, MPH, Program Coordinator, We Care Network; Kelley Phillips, President, Rotary Club of Tallahassee; and Tom Block, Executive Director, Capital Medical Society Foundation insurance that could pay for the needed health care. Since the program's inception, over $130 million in documented donated healthcare has been coordinated through the program.


Network expanded its program to provide specialty dental services to these same counties in 2003. The We Care Network's mission is to provide a healthcare access safety net for adults who fall through the cracks. Most often, these adults are in low-wage jobs or are out of work altogether and can't afford health insurance or the high deductibles.


All specialty healthcare and dental care coordinated by the We Care Network is donated Volunteers include 300+ specialist physicians and 40 dentists, several of whom are members of this or other local Rotary clubs deductibles. By improving access to healthcare, the program can improve health outcomes and the quality of life. 


Since 1992, the We Care Network has been coordinating specialty medical care for low-income, uninsured adults in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla counties. 


The We Care Network continues to work with its partners to improve specialty healthcare access and to improve health outcomes, and is grateful the Rotary Club of Tallahassee invests in the community through a variety of initiatives that improve educational outcomes, food insecurities, and healthcare access.


(Article originally published in the June 2024 Capital Society Publication)

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