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Health Heroes

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One Person Can Make A Difference!

Join us online November 4, 2020 as we celebrate our Health Heroes and Community Health Care’s 50th year of quality care in Tacoma and Pierce County. The event is free to attend, sponsorships and program ads are available. Use our registration form to reserve your space at the event.

They are called HEALTH HEROES!

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

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.

Do YOU know a Health Hero?
Nominate a Hero

Join us for Community Health Care’s Next Health Hero Celebration!

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
5:30 pm Online Social Hour
6:00 pm Online Celebration Program
Tickets are free, event sponsorship and program ads are available. Please consider making a donation to support our patients!

Reserve your seat today!
Registration

Learn More about Community Health Care’s 50th Anniversary!

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.

Our History

Gallery of Heroes