While many might think of Plano as an area of corporate growth and beautiful suburban homes, the reality is that there is a pocket of unmet needs, just like we see in our current location in East Dallas. A unique need in Plano, however, is that unlike Dallas County there are limited low-cost or no-cost services in Collin County.
According to THR’s Community Health Need’s Assessment, the top ten community health needs of their service area in Collin County includes limited access to health services. Furthermore, they’ve identified that the most negatively impacted populations are low-income, the homeless, and the uninsured. The way our clinic is designed, these populations would be able to get immediate access to urgent health care services and pointed to resources that help them take their next steps!
Our clinic model has specifically been set up to depend on volunteer support through the local church, as well as providing spiritual and emotional resources through a local church body. With Watermark Community Church as one of our founding partners, growing our second location in proximity to their satellite campus in Plano was a clear and simple next step.
That reality of an available strong local church partnership, paired with the need mentioned above, made Plano a clear next step!
The Unique Opportunity…
- There is no county or public hospital in Collin County leaving residents who do not have insurance no other option but to travel to Dallas when their health problems become dire enough to require treatment.
- In 2016 alone $6 million was spent by Dallas county tax payers to care for Collin County’s uninsured residents at Parkland, about 6,000 visits. Collin County has the highest cost and number of visits to Parkland when compared to all other out-of-county patients.
- The proximity to Watermark Plano will allow us to invite patients to find spiritual healing as well as physical by connecting to the local church.
- The location of the clinic is in a part of Plano that reflects a higher percentage of multi-family housing, a denser population, lower family incomes, higher number of renters vs owners, and an increase in diversity. We anticipate that many of our patients will fall in the category of the “working poor.” They may be employed; making too much to qualify for federal healthcare benefits, but not enough to afford private insurance. These residents are left without an affordable option for healthcare in Collin County. We believe the church can provide the solution.