Sierra Nevada Community Health Plan (SNCHP) incorporated in May, 2001 and became a nonprofit community benefit organization that received 501 (c) (3) status in April, 2006.  Our mission is to design and facilitate health and wellness programs throughout our community; provide quality preventive healthcare for patients; and assist in stabilizing premiums for employers and beneficiaries within the area served by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) and Sierra Nevada Medical Associates (IPA).

Chronic Disease Self Management Program

In January, 2007 13 volunteers sponsored by SNCHP completed the Stanford University Leadership Training Workshop to become teacher/trainers in the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP).  Dozens of six week sessions have been taught over the past seven years with hundreds of individuals with chronic conditions and/or their care givers receiving instructions and training.  SNCHP works closely with Western Sierra Medical Clinic who receives grant funding from the California Arthritis Partnership Program (CAPP) to help subsidize these educational and training sessions, so it is offered free of charge to the community.  We have partnered with a number of the local churches, independent/assisted living facilities and the local Senior Center to help stage these classes.

The prevalence of chronic disease increases in our community every day, but avenues for improving patient care and satisfaction is attainable.  Disease self-management is the cornerstone of care for individuals with chronic disease.  With SNCHP continuing to partner in the Western Sierra Medical Clinic and Nevada County Health and Human Services in providing CDSMP classes, residents of Western Nevada County with chronic disease will be afforded the opportunity to improve their knowledge and self management skills and therefore decrease their risk of disease complication.  Clinicians alone cannot improve the health status of their patients.  It will continue to take a collaboration of clinician and educator/instructor to improve the quality of care for these individuals in Western Nevada County.

Susan G. Komen Foundation

In April of 2012, SNCHP received a grant from the Sacramento affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. These funds are used to provide free screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as ultrasounds when necessary to uninsured and under-insured women in Nevada County. In the first year of this grant, 160 women received these services provided by Insight Imaging and paid for by SNCHP. This grant also allows SNCHP and Insight Imaging to partner at local health fairs and other events throughout the year to educate the community about the importance of regular breast exams and the availability of these Komen funds. In April of 2013, SNCHP became a Grantee of the Komen Foundation for 2013-2014. SNCHP funds the free and low cost mammograms through Insight Imaging.

Grass Valley Hematology and Oncology

SNCHP, that’s to a fund created by Sierra Nevada Medical Associates, pays the 20% Co-pay for Secure Horizon members who are unable to pay for their Chemotherapy services. This has been a wonderful benefit for these patients at a difficult time in their lives.