During COVID-19, a great
number of CHAS Health staff found both their workplaces and roles
transformed. With nonessential services
suspended and many office visits converted to telephone or virtual visits, the
need to check in patients at the front desk diminished and had the potential to
compromise patient and staff safety if continued. Toni Hites from the CHAS Latah Community
Health clinic in Moscow, Idaho found herself still greeting patients, but
instead of operating from the comfort of the clinic’s front office, she was now
something like an extremely friendly healthcare bouncer–posted outside the
clinic front door, donned nose to knees in protective gear.
“I have been enjoying my new
role as a greeter, because I get to meet all of the dental people. It has been
great getting to know my co-workers who I would not usually get to work with
this closely. I have also gotten to know my pharmacy co-workers as well.
We have a great team here at Latah CHAS, and they have made this fun even in
these difficult times. I have also gotten to hear from the patients how
they appreciate all we do for them, like running in to get their prescriptions
If you are a CHAS Health patient needing pharmacy services, give as a call at (509) 444-8200 in Washington or (208) 838-8300 in Idaho.
This blog post is part of a special CHAS Health Foundation
series for #GivingTuesdayNow. #GivingTuesdayNow
is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to
the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
#GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities
and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even
while practicing physical distancing. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day
of giving that focuses on the collective power that individuals, communities
and organizations use to celebrate generosity and philanthropy worldwide.
This mission of the CHAS Health Foundation is to create
health equity by strategically investing in patients, partners, and
communities. The CHAS Health Foundation supports CHAS Health, a non-profit
community health center serving over 97,000 patients annually regardless of
their insurance status or ability to pay. You can donate to the CHAS Health
Foundation at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CHAS
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an annual federal holiday that celebrates a civil rights leader and movement that challenged racial segregation and inequality.
Dr. King believed that “Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these’.”
Respect for human dignity, social responsibility, and patient-centered are all CHAS Health core values that closely align with that statement. In fact, the very concept of the Federally Qualified Health Center was born as part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
CHAS Health is proud of its origin which is rooted in this movement.
Community Health Centers as a model in the United States were officially established in the 1960s as part of the “War on Poverty” program, with the goal of providing health and social service to underserved and disenfranchised populations.
CHAS Health was founded in 1994 with this goal at the heart of its mission and has continued striving to expand access and improve the quality of care for our patients.
As we mark another celebration of his life, CHAS Health will be pausing clinical operations for the day (Monday, January 20th). We hope you join us in honoring Dr. King in whatever way you see fit. Folks who live in Spokane are welcome to check out the MLK Unity March & Resource fair.
For over 20 years, CHAS Health has made its way through the Pacific Northwest and into the hearts of many. With 12 various locations including Lewiston, Clarkston, Latah and Deer Park, the CHAS community has continued to expand to now include the Cheney area.
CHAS Health is a non-profit, federally qualified health center. We provide medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health services to everyone, regardless of insurance status. Currently, CHAS serves approximately 52,000 patients each year and is a “patient led” organization. CHAS’ mission is to “improve the overall health of the communities we serve by expanding access to quality health and wellness services.”
With the opening of the new Cheney Health Center, CHAS hopes to continue to grow and foster wellness in all communities. For many, the new facility will remove the commute to Spokane for healthcare, provide students with a health care alternative, and give residents the opportunity to confront their healthcare needs in a safe, friendly, and affordable environment.
Stay tuned for our in-clinic pharmacy – coming spring 2016!
Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm
Located at 1720 2nd St. Cheney, WA 99004
To schedule an appointment, please call (509)444-8200