In 2012 Johnson County community members came to the table with representatives of Casey Family Programs to discuss how they could support vulnerable families and decrease the number of children entering foster care. The community struggled with chronic problems of unemployment, substance abuse and extreme poverty.
Business, government, nonprofit, volunteers and community partners all came together to generate a vision and create a plan for improving the lives of vulnerable kids and families. Johnson County Community of Hope built a community based set of services, generating new job opportunities, building a women's drug dependency treatment facility, and working closely with the school board to improve the lives of its children.
In the four years since its inception, foster care numbers in Johnson County have decreased dramatically; community members are looking past county lines at expanding the program and opening doors for new partnerships.
Bloodworks NW is one of the only research institutes in the country that partners with a blood bank, providing patients immediate life saving transfusions while conducting groundbreaking research that will benefit future generations around the world. Partnering with labs and medical centers all over the Pacific Northwest, Bloodworks relies on a private donor base to continue making innovative discoveries in blood treatment.
red jet worked with our colleagues at Pacific Public Affairs to produce a short documentary shot at the Seattle/King County Free Health Clinic.
The four day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to under-served and vulnerable populations. Last year the clinic served over 3,400 people and provided over $2.3 million in services.
This film will be an accompanying part of a series of documentaries targeted at legislators to increase reimbursement rates for that segment of the state insured by Apple Health/Medicaid. With the expansion of the Affordable Care Act in 2014 a great number of the people acquired dental coverage, but dentists have been unable to financially accommodate this new population into their practices.
Free Health Clinics work hard to provide emergency care to those who have trouble getting access to the care they require.
Dr. Erma Vizenor has been serving the White Earth Nation for over 20 years. In that time she has weeded out corruption, built infrastructure to improve education and access to healthcare, and worked with the Minnesota state legislature to secure the tribe's sovereign rights. In 2004 she was the first woman elected Tribal Council Chair in the history of the tribes of Minnesota. During her time in office she worked tirelessly to change the trajectory of her people - expanding social programs and creating opportunities.