Grant helps more people in California obtain and utilize health care
Friends of Mercy Foundation received a generous $250,000 grant from the California Endowment to support a community-wide endeavor aimed at helping individuals obtain and utilize vital health care services.
The program at Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield provides services to the community of Kern County to overcome barriers to access of health care through Medi-Cal and other state programs. Services include assisting with enrollment, providing education, training agency partners, accessing preventative care, and other aid that helps people become and remain healthy.
Kern County is an area built on agriculture and oil, with a large population of low-income families and individuals. Many struggle with chronic diseases including diabetes, asthma, and valley fever. The people the program helps are often gaining insurance for the very first time, so they have little-to-no knowledge of how to navigate the often complex system.
The grant is helping Mercy Hospitals Bakersfield expand their program to advocate around the importance of Medi-Cal to their community and to the whole of California.
The grant also helps provide resources to hire additional help, further collaborate with local agencies, and create educational and outreach materials over the course of two years.