Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (YNHS), established in 1975, provides comprehensive medical, dental, and public health to thousands of disadvantaged residents each year. In 2004, YNHS helped form the Homeless Network of Yakima County to better address the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness.
YNHS provides comprehensive medical, dental , and behavioral health care at seven locations in the Yakima Valley , including one dedicated HCH site located near the city transit center in Yakima. Services are provided by competent and culturally-appropriate health professionals and support staff. Pharmacy services are available. Patient Navigators help patients apply for ACA coverage as part of patient registration and intake. A robust HCH outreach team (nurse, behavior health specialist, case manager, health educator, and housing specialist) provide targeted engagement services in the valley's shelters, streets, and outdoor encampments. Outreach workers serve as a “human recall systems” , deployed to find patients needing follow-up care.
YNHS also provides emergency shelter services, and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families (including medical respite care). Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services are offered through the YNHS Homeless Resource Center. As part of the Homeless Network of Yakima County (our Continuum of Care), YNHS participates in the Coordinated Entry system, identifying the most vulnerable individuals in need of health care and housing, and provides support services to maximize opportunities for success.
YNHS also provides emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families (including respite care). Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing services are offered through the YNHS Homeless Resource Center.
Estimated homeless population: 4,000
Patients served: 2,100