Cooperative Christian Clinic
Providing health care for those struggling to afford it
For more than 20 years, nonprofit organization Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic has cared for the uninsured and underinsured population in Garland County, striving to improve their quality of life with an original mission to provide health care for those who couldn't afford to pay for their own.
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, which reduced the organization's patient base from 1,000 to 150, its mission and the role in the community has changed, as medical insurance is now a reality for many of the underserved in the community. As a result, CCMC has been able to expand its services to the same population in need of assistance.
“That allowed us to step back and look at what we were doing and the type of product that we were delivering and who we were serving,” said Lynn Blankenship, CCMC executive director. “We stepped back and decided that poverty was the common denominator through everyone that we saw.”
CCMC still takes care of the population that has no access to medical insurance, but is now able to focus on helping poverty-stricken individuals help themselves out of poverty with case management
Volunteer Rita Monsen, left, and Dr. John Crenshaw see a patient at the Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic