Written by: Center for Care Innovations

West County Health Centers  provides comprehensive and accessible medical, dental, and mental health care for people living in western Sonoma County, California.

Since its founding in 1974, West County Health Centers (WCHC) has expanded to include seven sites, including a dental center and a teen clinic. In 2002, WCHC was designated a Federally Qualified Health Center, which qualifies it for federal funding for low-income and uninsured patients (no one is turned away for lack of funds). WCHC has not only continued to grow, it has continued to innovate and adapt as well. In recent years WCHC installed solar energy to cut power costs, expanded services for HIV/AIDS patients, and initiated a Healthcare for the Homeless program, among other initiatives.

This year, WCHC staff tackled a problem that health clinics around the country face: how to help patients with transportation issues get to their medical appointments. With seed money and support from iLab, WCHC implemented a reliable and easy-to use transportation technology that has had a big impact.