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Unity Care NW goes beyond the exam room to provide whole person care, your support makes it possible.

I know what some of our patients are going through because I have personally experienced homelessness. One thing that many don’t realize about homelessness is how easy it is to slip through the cracks of multiple systems. Back then, I needed extra help, a hand up. Now, being in a role where I get to help those most in need in our community is truly rewarding.

I started my position at Unity Care NW as Population Health Manager during the height of COVID-19. Population Health addresses factors that affect overall health of people and communities. During the pandemic, needs in our community increased: a record-breaking number of individuals experiencing homelessness, families struggling to make ends meet due to increased costs, and additional needs not covered by insurance. So, our team increased too. Increased our efforts to get individuals enrolled in insurance, more outreach to unhoused populations, and new programs to fill crucial gaps.

One new program, Hand-Up for Health, covers costs of items or short-term services that our patients can’t afford but insurance won’t cover. It’s the last stop after all other options have been explored. A patient living in poverty who was struggling with painful swelling in their legs couldn’t get up and down their stairs. Insurance covered a lift mechanism but was unable to pay for a chair. With our new program we were able to say yes to this patient’s request. We purchased a chair and got her back to independent living.

Unity Care NW provides health care for the mind and body, but we also work with patients outside the exam room to reduce barriers to living a healthy life. In addition to Hand-Up for Health, we provide mobile dental services to all the school districts in Whatcom County. We have a pharmacy program that covers costs for prescriptions when patients can’t afford their medications. Our dietitian provides one on one services and healthy cooking demos. Community Health Workers
connect unhoused patients to a variety of services. All these programs, and more, are made possible through donations.

I invite you to make a donation and help ensure that everyone in our community has the tools and support they need to live their healthiest life. Warm wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season,

Nicole Fields 
Population Health Manager
Unity Care NW