We make every effort to give sick kids the extraordinary care they need and deserve. But that’s not enough. We also must do whatever it takes to keep more children from ever needing to come to a hospital. That’s why Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) is central to our mission.
OBCC has been a beacon of hope in our city for nearly 50 years. The clinic manages over 40,000 patient visits a year, offering medical, dental and mental health services – especially to families in low-income communities.
OBCC’s big-picture view takes us beyond the clinic and into the heart of our community. That can mean helping a child stay in school. Or making sure a family’s home is mold-free. Or providing a child with warm outerwear during the winter months. Or helping families provide adequate food and nutrition for their children.
The demand for services is on the rise. How will we respond? By doing something bold. Something different. Something unprecedented.
We are building an expanded model for OBCC, one that addresses not only direct medical care and the social, economic and environmental roots of illness but also facilitates integrated care to make it convenient for families to receive social services, medical, mental and dental care in a holistic way.
To help us do this, we are building a second OBCC location – a bigger, new clinic – in Southeast Seattle.
The second location will give us a unique opportunity to care for more kids, to keep them on the path toward successful futures – and to model kindness and inclusivity to our patients, their families and our community.
Your generous gift will help:
- Build a second Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and support upgrades to the current clinic. OBCC, based in Seattle’s Central District, is a community clinic. It has been at the forefront of delivering equitable health and wellness care to low-income and ethnically diverse children for nearly half a century. Your support will help us renovate and upgrade the existing OBCC and build a second, larger location to serve more kids and for the many low-income families who have moved to South Seattle, South King County and beyond due to the rising cost of housing in Seattle’s urban core.
- Create partnerships that matter. We will expand the number and variety of partnerships we have with social service organizations whose expertise complements our own. These alliances – which will likely include organizations with expertise in areas such as food security, foster care, active living, vocational services, housing and transportation – will enable us to better address the social, economic and environmental factors that determine a child’s well-being.
- Develop a community health innovation hub. Your investment will also allow us to set up a one-of-a-kind proving ground at the new clinic where clinicians, researchers and families work together to develop and test strategies that counteract the greatest challenges to children’s health. This will include an emphasis on maternal health and nutrition, knowing that a healthy child needs a healthy mother. We’ll share the most successful strategies with other communities in our region and beyond.