Our accomplishments

Since 2008, we have . . . 

  • Provided access to healthcare for more than 10,000 uninsured patients over nearly 13,000 visits during the last 10 years of operations.  
  • These patients are 80% Spanish speaking, 80% immigrant, 100% uninsured, and 90% live well below the poverty line (<18,000 / year).
  • Provided healthcare on more than 3,000 clinic days and performed health screens at more than 250 community-based events.
  • Provided free access to nurse-run walk-in non-urgent healthcare for the uninsured over 1,800 days (since 2012).
  • Raised nearly $3M in support of our work from local donors, local corporations, and in contracted work for the RI Department of Health

  • Engaged more than 100 volunteer providers in the altruistic work of providing healthcare for the uninsured in RI

  • Employed on average 10 local residents (annually) as full-time staff members 

  • Provided these staff members with healthcare benefits and a path to promotion within our organization. For some of our staff members, their job at CEHC has been their first and only job after graduating from high school, junior college or nursing school! 

  • Engaged more than 1,000 volunteer non-providers in supporting the clinical work (as front desk volunteers, intake volunteers, or other volunteers). 

  • Trained more than 160 community members for entry-level healthcare jobs including medical assistants, community healthcare workers 

  • Served as a training site for two local advanced healthcare professional schools (Brown University Medical School and URI College of Pharmacy) as well as for two nursing colleges (University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College)

  • Developed novel interventions such as Vida Sana, a lifestyle change program for low-health literacy, Spanish-speaking adults and CHEER clinic, a nurse-run walk in clinic that reduces Emergency Room visits by the uninsured by over 60%. 

  • Published 13 papers on our novel interventions in high quality medical journals, with medical and pharmacy or premed student co-authorship

  • Supported the career development of community leaders by developing the Advanced Navegante Training program - 74 graduates so far

  • Assisted more than 1,230 patients with routine cancer screens (for colon, prostate, breast, cervical cancer) 

  • Provided more than 5,374 vaccinations to reduce the incidence of Flu and Pneumonia in our community 

  • Won awards for “Volunteer Engagement” and “Best Non Profit” from local organizations.  

Our clinic has a measurable impact . . . 

  • We rigorously document the impact of our healthcare innovations and interventions, and we measure the return on funding investment. 

  • The CHEER walk-in clinic provides an estimated $69 per dollar invested in terms of “QALY” (Quality adjusted life years, a standardized measure of healthcare impact). The CHEER clinic also saves RI nearly $500,000 in ER costs per year. 

  • The overarching program called “Bridging the [Health Equity] Gap” has enrolled 1,500 individuals in our ‘partnership’ and, with their permission, we are tracking the impact of our clinic on their health. The first results of this intervention were published in the local RI Journal of Medicine, Nov 2018. 

  • The BTG program is in its 3rd year, and we hope to turn this into a “Pay for Success” Project - an innovative, sustainable source of funding for non-profits. 

  • Our Vida Sana program returns health dividends! Enrolled patients improve their health metrics

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