Canyon Clinic has medicine, rehab for county

Posted at 5:21 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 19:24:16-04

Even the working poor in Canyon County can go to theCanyon County Community Clinic for reduced cost medical help.

County residents need only make less than double the federal poverty guidelines and have no insurance.

The clinic serves about 1,000 Canyon County poor and working poor -- people who have jobs yet cannot afford insurance.

"They can maintain their jobs by keeping their chronic illness under control," says Lori Bowman, Director of Clinical Operations.  "They can go to work and earn a wage for their living expenses."

The clinic offers both medical and rehabilitative counseling. As a nonprofit, they face many challenges that other nonprofits face: finding money earmarked for programs is easier than funding their administrative needs. 

Idaho Gives, starting May 5th, helps them stay staffed up and keep the lights on. 

"Every donation that we can get we can leverage 13 times over," says Lori Bowman, Director of Clinical Operations. Bowman says $10 can get someone 2 prescriptions filled for a month: in some cases, a life-saving measure.