The mission of Project Access NOW is to improve the health of our community by creating access to care and
services for those most in need.
Thanking Dr. C. Edwin Irish and Surgical Associates, PC
Dr. C. Edwin Irish, senior partner and president of Surgical Associates, PC, has been practicing General and Thoracic Surgery for the past 30 years. He and his partners, Dr. Ali Khaki and Dr. Daniel Tseng have maintained a long tradition of providing care for the underserved.
Early in his career, Dr. Irish worked with several mentors who cultivated a sense of responsibility physicians have to their community. He says, “It’s hard to remember a time where I didn’t feel it was my obligation as a physician to provide care for those in need. It is just the right thing to do.” Since he was already caring for the uninsured and underserved, it seemed natural to join with Project Access NOW as we aimed to address this issue on a larger scale.
Dr. Irish says, “As a staff we welcomed this opportunity. It was a well-conceived and well-executed concept that made it possible to deliver more care, to more individuals, without the burden falling on a single physician or practice.”
Project Access NOW is so grateful to be one of the 129 nonprofits that were hand selected by the Willamette Week to participate in the 2013 Give!Guide . Every year, the Willamette Week makes it easy for you to make a donation — and a connection — to groups in your community. What you give today will help make Portland a better place all year long. Consider Giving to Project Access NOW this Giving Season at giveguide.org
Ensure adequate access to care.
Every $1 we spend means we are able to provide $10.24 of healthcare costs. That’s a return on investment of over 1,000%!
Your contribution will help the low-income uninsured get the care they need. Today.
Thank you for your support!
Community Volunteer Highlight: Christine Harding
Christine Harding first discovered Project Access NOW while she was a student at Portland State University. She was attending a volunteer fair in hopes of finding an opportunity that aligned with her studies and interests. At the time, Christine was completing her degree in microbiology and looking toward a graduate degree in Nursing; when she discovered Project Access NOW, it was a natural fit. She spoke with a staff member about the organization and really liked what our program had to offer.
“Helping people has always been very important to me so I really liked the concept of working for an organization that gets results and connects services to individuals that otherwise couldn’t get healthcare,” she says.
After he was laid off from his job as a kitchen manager in 2009, Daniel tried hard to find another job. When his unemployment compensation ran out and the job outlook remained bleak, he did what so many others chose to do. He returned to school.
From the age of 17, Daniel has suffered from recurring kidney stones. But for the past several years he has been without health insurance. When he began experiencing a familiar excruciating pain in his back, testing confirmed he had a very large stone in his left kidney and without surgery he faced the possibility of losing the kidney. He was referred Project Access NOW who connected him with Dr. Brian Duty of OHSU’s Urology Division. Dr. Duty performed a minimally invasive surgery and was able to break the stone apart and alleviate Daniel’s pain.
Board Member Profile: Brenda Durbin
Brenda Durbin has been the Director of Clackamas County Social Services since 2007 where, along with over 100 paid staff and 500 volunteers, she works to deliver services and create opportunities for seniors, veterans, people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as families and individuals with low incomes. Brenda has been working in social services for over 15 years and is currently also a board member of Social Services of Clackamas County and the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County. She has also served as Chair of the Community Action Partnership of Oregon and Treasurer of the Oregon Association for Area Agencies on Aging and Disability.
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Staff Profile: Graciela Shover
Graciela Shover, a native of Peru, relocated to Portland in 1997. Shortly after the move, her mother joined her. When her mother found herself in need of medical care, Graciela did not know where to turn, as it was her first experience trying to find health care services for an uninsured individual. Luckily they found the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a clinic that serves primarily uninsured, migrant, and seasonal farm workers and others with barriers to receiving health care.
When she arrived at Virginia Garcia, Graciela was surprised to see how many local Latinos were uninsured and in need of basic services. Many did not speak English and were having a difficult time acclimating to life in a new country. Graciela saw this as an opportunity for her to help people who, like herself and her mother, had relocated to the United States. At the time Graciela was working full time at the OHSU Medical Group as a Bilingual Account Representative; however she began volunteering as a medical interpreter for patients at the clinic in her time off.