The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) provides affordable capital and technical assistance to community healthcare organizations, and shapes public policies that invest in primary care to strengthen and expand primary care in distressed markets. PCDC plans to expand its capital investment beyond New York State to underserved areas across the U.S. With the award, PCDC plans to create 190 construction jobs, 285 permanent jobs, and expand patient capacity by 175,000 visits over three years.
Today, 60 million Americans lack access to primary care. Chronic illness rates in low-income communities are three to four times those in higher income areas. And health care costs are skyrocketing, in part the result of hospitalizations that, with the right care, are completely avoidable. The ACA recognizes community health care centers as the solution to these inequities and a way to reduce the costs of our current health care system. It’s putting billions toward its goal of doubling capacity within the next three years. Yet the amount is just a fraction of the cost needed. This gap in capital creates an historic opportunity for PCDC.
Since 1993, PCDC has supported community health centers in many of New York State’s most devastated communities. Its projects deliver integrated, patient-centered services—from physical to mental health, dental care to supportive resources—for people of all ages with basic and special needs. For PCDC, this approach is about individuals getting and staying healthy and about the health and well-being of entire communities.
“When people are not healthy, their communities are not healthy,” Kotelchuck explains. “Not only do we support projects that deliver care, but the providers also hire from within the surrounding community, putting neighbors to work. So in many ways, these projects become vital building blocks for community strengthening and development.”
With an established foothold in New York—and a nation focused on reforming our current health care delivery system—PCDC is poised to expand. The NEXT Award will support its efforts to fund projects in underserved east coast communities; respond to individual national opportunities; and partner with other organizations on specific initiatives that support state-of-the art community health centers. It projects that, over the next ten years, the impact of the Award for PCDC will be 85,000 individuals served by quality, safe, and effective primary care, which takes us one step closer to Kotelchuck’s dream of primary care for everyone.