At Saint Joseph Hospital, our mission guides us to address the health needs of our community especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. We do this not only within the walls of our hospital and clinics, but also through community benefit projects. Saint Joseph Hospital recently partnered with Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), the Center for African American Health and Clinica Tepeyac to improve access to health services for underserved communities in Denver by granting these organizations $300,000.
The Wellbeing Wagon is MHCD’s mobile mental health program that travels to communities without access to these services to provide behavioral health screening and treatment. Saint Joe’s contributed $150,000 in support of this innovative program with the goal of increasing access to these services and to help us better understand the mental health needs of our patients.
Saint Joe’s also granted $100,000 to the Center for African American Health to help build a new community health center in the Holly Square redevelopment area. The new center is located in North Park Hill which is one of Saint Joseph Hospital’s priority health promotion zip codes based on our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment. The center will provide screening, health navigation and healthcare workforce training for this medically underserved population.
Additionally, Saint Joseph made a $50,000 community benefit contribution to Clinica Tepeyac to support its behavioral health program including substance use disorder and mental health screening and treatment services. The program expands access to behavioral health care for low income patients who have limited treatment options. Clinica Tepeyac helps address a critical need in Denver by eliminating barriers to accessing mental health care services.
Investing our resources into these innovative and impactful programs that truly help our neighbors experiencing challenges in accessing mental health and preventive care services is something we all can be proud of and demonstrates how we put our mission into action.