Read about all of the exciting news affecting Neighborcare Health’s patients!

Neighborcare Health News

Since the launch of open enrollment on Oct. 1, 2013, Neighborcare’s team of enrollment specialists has been out in the community getting uninsured Seattleites enrolled in the Health Benefit Exchange at community fairs, libraries, clinics, churches, farmers markets – you name it. As of January 26th, 2015 Neighborcare Health eligibility staff have enrolled 18,298.

One of Neighborcare Health’s most exciting new ventures is the Teaching Dental Center, which will open in the Pacific Tower in the fall of 2015.

The Teaching Dental Center is an innovative patient-centered dental clinic with a dual purpose: to provide a well-rounded educational experience, as well as access to affordable dental care for low-income individuals.


Neighborcare Health Homeless Youth Clinic at 45th Street has for decades provided integrated primary health care for homeless and at-risk street youth between the ages of 12 and 23.

Homeless Youth Clinic focuses on creating an environment that is safe, supportive, and accessible for youth, with services tailored to their particular needs. We proud of its twenty-one year reputation as a safe and caring place.

Our goal is always to help homeless patients into stable housing, but for those who aren’t yet there this time of year is cold and wet, but you can help!


Every year at this time we share a story that demonstrates the values of Neighborcare Health. This year’s letter comes from Alfreda Lanier, dental hygienist at Neighborcare Health at Rainier Beach. We hope you are as moved by her dedication to public health as we were. Thank you!



Dear Friends,


Neighborcare Health providers are providing monthly Tips for Healthy Living on STAR 101.5. Click the links below to listen!


Randy Wong, DO
Pike Market Medical Clinic

Importance of Early Dental Care
Sarah Vander Beek, DMD
Chief Dental Officer


Neighborcare Health, in partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority and the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority, has hired four Yesler Terrace residents who will serve as Community Health Workers (CHWs), a Community Programs Manager and an Eligibility Specialist for the Yesler Terrace community.


In June 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation invited a group of nationally recognized journalists with a strong focus on health policy and state health reform to participate in a week-long fellowship program focused on how the Affordable Care Act is shaping Washington State’s health care environment.

Congratulations to Sarah Vander Beek, who has been named Neighborcare Health’s Chief Dental Officer. Sarah was previously site dental director at Rainier Beach Medical & Dental Clinic. Originally from Montesano, Washington, Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in sociology at the University of Washington and attended Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, a dental school that emphasizes a community health approach to dentistry.

May 6th is the Seattle Foundation’s annual GiveBIG, a one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give (at all levels) in our region. All gifts made to Neighborcare Health through the Seattle Foundation’s website will receive a partial match from the foundation, stretching each gift even further!

Prathiba Pinnamaneni (prounounced Pin-ah-mah-nay-nee) began her career as a graduate student intern at Neighborcare Health in 2004. This month she became the Director of Improvement, but she has worn many Neighborcare hats over the past 10 years.
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