The public-private partnerships that form Montgomery County’s local health safety net are examples of smart investments in community health. These programs provide essential primary and preventive medical care, access to medications, specialty care, and behavioral health.
The healthcare industry is a significant employer and job creator. As employers, the operations of our local healthcare safety-net organizations generate over 750 jobs—500 jobs in direct employment provided by participating organizations and 250 stemming from business to business (B2B) and household spending. These jobs translate to $75.7 million generated in labor income, and local health centers in Montgomery County stimulate a total of $134 million in total economic activity. 
As a member of the PCC Board of Directors, I’ve enjoyed a front-row seat to the evolution of our local healthcare safety net. Together with our partners, we’ve created a system of care where previously there was none. We’ve engaged a diverse set of providers to meet our diverse population's cultural and linguistic needs. We’ve provided technical assistance and capacity building to support health centers in delivering ever more comprehensive care and generating extremely positive health outcomes for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. We have delivered on the moral imperative of providing access to health care because it is a human right that no one should be without. That should be enough, but there’s more… Through our work, we also have helped to stimulate the local economy, and we can say with certainty that investing in our health safety net is a true investment in the physical, mental, social, and economic health of our community.
The clinics, health centers, and community-based organizations that participate in Montgomery Cares and Care for Kids provide employment for community members and B2B commerce with other organizations in the health industry. As employers, they provide meaningful careers in healthcare for county residents with an emphasis on recruiting diverse staff who reflect the diversity of our community. Furthermore, their services to patients help support other local businesses, ensuring a healthy and productive workforce in Montgomery County.
Investing in community health can provide significant returns on investment by improving people’s health and well-being, reducing healthcare costs, and promoting economic growth and development. It’s not only the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do!
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