HealthPoint—Suburban Seattle, Washington
HealthPoint operates seven medical clinics, four dental clinics, seven pharmacies, a school-based clinic, and a healthcare for the homeless program in King County (suburban Seattle), Washington. HealthPoint’s culturally diverse population mix offers an outstanding opportunity for a wide range of clinical experiences. Founded 38 years ago, HealthPoint provides a comprehensive range of primary health care services to medically underserved populations and now serves more than 55,000 patients each year with nearly 200,000 visits.
HealthPoint provides primary medical and dental care for patients from birth to over 100 years of age. Often patients from multiple generations of a single family are seen by one primary care provider. HealthPoint’s model of care is distinctive. Every one of HealthPoint’s medical centers integrates with behavioral health care, case management, complementary and alternative medicine, and pharmacy access. Moreover, four of the seven medical centers are co-located with HealthPoint dental centers and other social and health service agencies. While integrated care is a current trend in healthcare delivery, HealthPoint has been modeling integration for years.
A. T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) is partnered with HealthPoint to provide SOMA students with the opportunity to provide clinical care to medically-underserved individuals. Second-, third-, and fourth-year students receive mentoring from HealthPoint providers, and (under supervision) provide services to HealthPoint patients while gaining an understanding of models for improving community health. In addition, HealthPoint’s Learning Facilitators work closely with the area’s leading hospitals to provide in-depth experiences for the medical students. HealthPoint has been a learning hub for ATSU since 2005 when ASDOH (Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health) students began interning there.