Project Title: UCI FQHC Service Area Competition Application FY 2022
Applicant Organization Name: University of California, Irvine
Address: 101 Innovation Drive, Irvine, CA 92617 Project Director: Dr. Jose Mayorga
Phone: (714) 480-2443 Fax: (714) 560-0640 Email: email@example.com
Website: ucirvinehealth.org Funds requested: $1,832,608/CHC Funding
Service Area ID: 300 City: Irvine State: CA Patients To Be Served: 24,219
Description of the Proposed Project
The University of California, Irvine Federally Qualified Health Center (UCI FQHC) is the oldest FQHC in Orange County and is part of the University of California, Irvine system, which includes a campus dedicated to higher education and a state-of-the-art medical center. UCI FQHC is uniquely positioned to deliver affordable, comprehensive, healthcare for populations that experience health disparities, through our innovative practices that are based on medical and scientific knowledge. With continued HRSA funding, we propose to sustain care for the more than 24,000 unique individuals who call UCI FQHC their healthcare home. UCI FQHC proposes to continue the uninterrupted delivery of primary medical care, dental care, mental healthcare, substance use disorder services, enabling services, and specialty care inclusive of psychiatry and dermatology. Services are provided by bilingual and multi-cultural staff to facilitate relationship building between patients and staff, thus promoting appointment and medication compliance and improving short- and long-term health outcomes.
Needs to be Addressed and Proposed Services
UCI FQHC’s service area is comprised by 32 zip codes and is home to more than 1.5 million children, adults, and seniors. Overshadowed by the magic of Disneyland Park which is fewer than seven miles from both of our health centers, our communities of focus face health, social, and financial disparities, as well as challenges in accessing care. One-third (32.5%) of our service area residents have incomes below the 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG)—a stark difference in comparison to the percentage for Orange County as a whole (25.5%). The unemployment rate among our population of focus (individuals with incomes below the 200% FPG) is 7.2% (versus 4.3% in Orange County) and 30.5% of residents have less than a high school education. A reported 52,321 households experience a vehicle shortage which poses a challenge to transportation and access to healthcare and other basic needs. UCI FQHC’s service area is highly diverse, with 80.0% of residents identifying with a race or ethnicity other than White, most commonly Hispanic or Latino (56.1%). Hispanics/Latinos earn the lowest incomes in the service area. Among our population of focus the annual wage for Hispanics/Latinos is $19,391 per capita, which is less than one-half of the per capita income for Whites ($48,147) and $11,136 less than the average per capita income for the population of focus. All of the aforementioned are factors that contribute to health disparities among individuals with low-incomes.
Population to Be Served
Our population of focus are the 519,028 residents with incomes below the 200% FPG. We are also dedicated to providing services for the 32.9% of residents who rely on Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), other public insurances, or who are uninsured and commonly turned away at private practices due to low or no reimbursement rates for these groups. UCI FQHC’s doors are open to all community members, though our services and staff are curated to meet the needs of the most vulnerable residents in our service area.