For patients like Gloria, the health center has become a true provider of choice, not necessity. It all started in 2011, when BSCF shared eye-opening research about patient perceptions of community health centers and what low-income Californians will look for in a provider as health reform offers new options. Read more about these studies.

more about BSCF’s research

In June 2011, BSCF released results of a statewide survey it commissioned Langer Research Associates to conduct of poor and-near poor Californians ages 19 to 64. Respondents’ perspectives were designed to help safety net providers prepare for full implementation of the federal health reform law – and how it would affect patient choices and behavior. In July 2011, BSCF released a report by Viewpoint Learning that explores patients’ perceptions of and experiences at clinics, including why the Internet is an important tool for clinics.

The center also benefited from the flexible funding provided by BSCF’s Clinic Core Support Initiative. In 2011, an unrestricted grant helped the health center better adapt to the ever-changing healthcare marketplace by investing in more staff and updated equipment. Read more.

more about the Clinic Core Support Initiative

In 2011, BSCF’s Clinic Core Support Initiative provided more than $5 million to the state’s community health centers – reaching a total of more than $50 million in such funding over the past six years to more than 200 community health centers, free clinics, tribal clinics, and clinic consortia.