Outside In, the well-known Portland medical and youth services organization, is opening a new health clinic in Gresham.
"It will be a primary care clinic with wrap-around services for people who are low income and homeless, similar to our (Southwest 13th Avenue) clinic in downtown Portland," said Lori Slaughter, Outside In's development director.
The Portland organization is moving east because "there is a huge need in East County for healthcare in the populations we serve," Slaughter said.
Outside In is only one of several area nonprofit organizations that have added facilities to serve people in Gresham and East Multnomah County. The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club opened in 2017. New Avenues for Youth joined them in 2018.
Outside In, founded in Portland in 1968, aims to help homeless youth and other marginalized people toward self-sufficiency and better health.
Outside In helps "unique populations that are not well-served in other health care settings," Slaughter said, noting that Outside In removes barriers for some underserved folks to get health care.
The new primary-care clinic, which will be located at Northeast 162nd Avenue and Burnside Street, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020. It's located right at a MAX train stop to make it accessible to people without cars.
The building will be new construction, designed by the Portland firm of Clark Kjos Architects, which specializes in health care facilities.
The Outside In clinic will be a Federally Qualified Health Center, which provides primary and preventive care to very low-income and homeless people.
Around 5,000 people currently consider Outside In their primary care medical home.
The new clinic will treat chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
"We have a special expertise in treating people dealing with addictions," Slaughter said. People with addictions have myriad of health issues in addition to the underlying addictions.
In addition to the downtown clinic, Outside In fields medical vans to care for struggling patients.
"We're known for our care of transgender patients," Slaughter said, noting that Outside In has more than 600 patients who are transgender.
Although Outside In is often identified as a youth services organization, it serves people of all ages.
"In fact, the average age of our (clinic) clients is around 40," Slaughter said. "We treat anyone in the clinic."
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