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Health Heroes

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One Person Can Make A Difference!

The food bank volunteer, the coach, the medical provider, Health Heroes are all around us! As we celebrate our 50th year of service in Pierce County we are seeking to honor Health Heroes, like our founder Dr. George Tanbara, who have contributed to the connected health of the Pierce County community. This includes heroes in the areas of:

  • Economic Stability – Employment, Income, Expenses, Debt, Medical Bills, Financial Support
  • Neighborhood and Physical Environment – Housing, Transportation, Safety, parks, Playgrounds, Walkability, Zip Code/Geography
  • Education – Literacy, Language, Early Childhood Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education
  • Food – Hunger, Access to healthy food choices
  • Community & Social Context – Social Integration, Support Systems, Community Engagement, Discrimination, Stress
  • Healthcare – Health Coverage, Provider Availability for Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, Pharmacy or Specialty Care, Provider Linguistic and Cultural Competency, Quality of Care

After your nomination is received, a follow-up questionnaire will be sent to your nominee. These questions are designed to learn more about their work and the impact it has had on the community. You will receive a copy of the email and we hope you will encourage your nominee to complete the form and send it in. After the follow-up form is received it will be reviewed by The Health Heroes Committee. All applicants selected as a Health Hero will be recognized for their community work.

We see that one person can make a difference every day at Community Health Care as we continue the legacy started by our founder, Dr. George Tanbara.

Back in 1969, when the only hospital providing charity care closed, there was no health care available for low income individuals and families. Dr. George Tanbara took it upon himself to find other like-minded medical professionals and community members to provide basic health care. What started as two volunteer run clinics has turned into a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit providing care for more than 46,000 patients annually through a health care system of five medical clinics and four dental clinics. While the organization has grown, the promise has stayed the same—no one is denied care because of inability to pay for any of our services, including: pediatrics, women’s health, pharmacy, maternity support services, behavioral health, or substance abuse services.

The goal is to find these individuals and organizations, capture their stories, and demonstrate the role each one plays in making Pierce County Healthier. They will highlight how one person or organization can have substantial impact. These stories will be shared online and in print to encourage others to help make their communities healthier. The hope is to create an environment where connections and relationships can be formed to further expand Pierce County healthy communities.

All nominees that complete the nominations process will receive recognition. Health Heroes will be recognized throughout the year in our community and will be celebrated at a Health Heroes Dinner in the fall of 2020.

Join us for Community Health Care’s Next Health Heroes!

Coming in Fall 2020 – Details to Follow!
5:00 pm Social Hour
6:00 pm Dinner and Celebration
Hotel Murano – Bicentennial Pavillion

Learn More about Community Health Care

Since 1969, Community Health Care has been providing quality care to those in our community with the greatest need. We serve more than 46,000 patients per year and no one is denied care due to inability to pay.

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