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Community Health

Swedish’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve. As a nonprofit health care provider, core to our work is to care for the medically underserved members of our community. We do this by reducing the cost of health-care delivery, increasing overall patient wellness and providing early intervention before medical problems become severe.
Your donation helps to improve access to high-quality care for underserved patients in our community. To learn more about Swedish’s Community Benefits programs, visit swedish.org.
Behavioral Health Programs Embedded in Primary Care
In 2015, Swedish began embedding behavioral health practitioners—social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists—within our network of 31 primary care clinics across the Puget Sound. Currently in 14 primary care clinics, practitioners work with primary care physicians to provide patients integrated, timely, and comprehensive physical and behavioral health care.
This incorporation achieves national best practice care goals on many fronts: closing the stigma associated with mental illness; reducing the cost of care for underserved patients; promoting cross-sector partnerships; and reducing utilization of law enforcement and emergency department resources.
Swedish Community Dental and Specialty Care Clinic
Gaining access to specialty care can often be difficult, especially for underinsured or uninsured patients. With this in mind, in 2010, Swedish established the Swedish Community Dental and Specialty Clinic.
SCSC works in partnership with Project Access Northwest to identify, screen, and refer underinsured or uninsured patients to specialty medical and dental care services. The specialty care services are provided free of charge by more than 300 physicians, dentists, and other caregivers who donate their time and skills at SCSC, in Swedish operating rooms, or in their own private practice clinics.
In 2012, more than 1,250 specialty medical and surgical patients and more than 2,000 dental patients received specialty care through the SCSC. After receiving care via SCSC, many of these patients are then connected to a primary care physician to provide them with the routine, preventative care needed to help manage their overall wellness and help avoid future delays in medical treatment.
Primary Care and Family Medicine Residency Programs
With the United States facing a shortage of primary care and family practice physicians, Swedish is building a family medicine residency program to train and prepare emerging physicians in this increasingly important area of practice.
The Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Swedish’s Cherry Hill and First Hill campuses are widely-acclaimed for their unique mission to train primary care and family practice physicians to serve economically disadvantaged patients. Every year, more than 800 medical school graduates apply to be one of 12 residents selected to participate in the three-year program.
Residents receive a comprehensive grounding in primary care and family practice medicine with an emphasis on the medical challenges of low-income patients. The program provides evidence-based, community-oriented primary care with emphases in obstetrics, inpatient medicine, and behavioral health with concentrations in sports medicine, international health, addiction medicine, reproductive health, maternal child medicine, rural health, and integrative medicine.
As part of their training, residents provide free care to an estimated 22,000 patients each year at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Practice Clinic and at other community health centers in the Seattle area that serve low-income and underinsured patients. 
Donations to the Swedish Family Medicine Residency programs help provide access to high-quality health care for underserved patients in our region.
Mobile Mammography: Swedish Breast Care Express
SCI’s Mobile Mammography Program brings life-saving technology and medical care to women and communities that would otherwise have little to no access to advanced breast cancer screening services.
This is especially important to women in underserved and rural communities because it reduces the disparities in care and enables families with lower incomes access to care to potentially detect cancers early enough to treat and improve outcomes. 
Similarly, numerous corporations and large regional employers request that the Swedish Breast Care Express visit their campuses in order to provide the screenings to their employees. Women at these corporations have often stated to our providers, “If you hadn’t brought this service to my workplace, I probably wouldn’t have gotten my mammogram.”
These mobile coaches provide access-challenged women with the same state-of-the-art mammography offered by the Swedish Breast Centers – which is one of the largest and most comprehensive breast cancer screening networks in the state.
Ballard Teen Health Center: Meeting the health needs of students
Established in 2002, the Ballard Teen Health Center is a primary care clinic and mental health clinic located in the heart of Ballard High School supported by Swedish and donors like you. 
The goal of the center is to meet the physical and mental health needs of the students in a nurturing environment that fosters the well-being of the BHS community, so students are safe, healthy and ready to learn.
Although services are available to all 1,700 students at BHS, primarily works with students that are underinsured or may have difficulty gaining access to medical care and mental health counseling, particularly the 350 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
A team of dedicated professionals provides mental health, primary medical care, and health education services including treatment for illnesses and injuries, confidential family-planning services, STD testing, mental-health counseling, smoking-cessation programs, nutrition and exercise counseling, general health information, and school-wide health promotion and classroom presentations, all at no cost to students.
Contact Us

To learn more about community health programs you can support at Swedish, please contact:

Duncan Robinson
Philanthropy Officer