AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc.
The Portage Foundation awarded a grant of $5,000.00 to AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. to assist in the funding to create a personal hygiene closet at the AxessPointe Kent location.
AxessPointe’s mission is to provide a quality, affordable and compassionate health home for every patient, every time, in all communities. Last year, AxessPointe served 21,402 patients over the span of more than 66,000 patient encounters. 3,632 of these patients were considered low-income and 67% were on Medicaid/Medicare.
Many AxessPointe patients experience hygiene poverty, also known as the inability to afford toiletries, soap, menstrual hygiene products, diapers and other items needed for personal hygiene and associated health needs.
AxessPointe has been providing these necessary items to their patients through personal hygiene closets at many of their current clinic locations and are now looking to create one at the Kent location.
“We realized that a lot of times people don’t have enough funds to carry them to that next month to get them through” Chris Richardson, Chief Executive Officer said.
Through these personal hygiene closets, patients have access to free personal hygiene items, as well as personal hygiene education, and are referred to community health workers and additional community resources to benefit their health needs.
“There are statistics that show that a lot of female students are missing school because they do not have enough feminine products” Richardson said. “Our goal is to make sure that we can fill that gap when people come in, whether its adults or children, that we can afford them the ability to have these necessary products.”
Through this personal hygiene closet, AxessPointe estimates that they will better the health outcome and overall quality of life of patients who experience hygiene poverty, with a goal of providing free personal hygiene items to 500 AxessPointe patients.
“We’re very appreciate of the support from the Portage Foundation. What you do as a member of the Foundation, it really is about giving back and we are appreciative of this opportunity” Richardson said.