Trillium Health is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike that depends on the ability to buy prescription medicine at a reduced price in order to provide comprehensive healthcare services and medicines at little-to-no cost to its patients through the federal 340B drug discount program. The reduction of 340B savings would severely impact Trillium Heath’s ability to provide extraordinary care for people from all backgrounds, regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or ethnicity.
At Trillium Health, we serve the underserved.
Many of Trillium Health’s patients have complex needs, high rates of chronic conditions, and high rates of social risk factors associated with poor health outcomes, such as poverty and homelessness. Our community health center has successfully promoted health equity in Rochester and the Finger Lakes thanks to the critically important savings derived from the 340B program.
A Successful, Growing Agency
Trillium Health has a multidisciplinary team approach to patient-centered care that includes medical providers, nurses, clinical pharmacists, dietitians, care managers and peer navigators.
Trillium Health served 10,912 patients in 2022, which represents a 177% increase in the patient census over the last 5 years.
Our medical providers saw patients more than 29,903 times in 2022. Last year, the clinic had an average of 2,492 visits per month.
Trillium Health launched a mobile access clinic in 2019, bringing healthcare to low-income families who lack transportation or believe that finances are a barrier to care. The MAC has helped administer vaccines to 2,058 people since the COVID-19 vaccine became available.
Trillium Health serves everyone – regardless of their ability to pay. In 2022, 38% of our patients were on Medicaid, 7% were on Medicare, and 5% had other public health insurance or were self-paid.
In the early days of COVID-19, the 340B program helped fund the initial Respiratory Evaluation and Testing Area to address the lack of access to COVID-19 testing disproportionally affecting communities of color and low-income families living in poverty.
In addition, our mobile access clinic and our partnerships with public housing facilities and other community partners significantly increased testing in high-priority populations.
To date, we have conducted 25,028 COVID-19 tests for 8,305 patients and community members.
Trillium Health also promoted health equity by prioritizing COVID-19 vaccines for communities of color and vulnerable patients.
To date we've administered the COVID-19 vaccine to 8,911 patients and community members.
Communities of Color
Trillium Health is dedicated to serving communities of color. From 2018-2022, we’ve experienced a 107% increase in our Black/African American patients.
People of color are at higher risk of being infected by HIV and poorer health outcomes. Therefore, Trillium Health encourages all high-risk patients to consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is a medication that’s 99% effective in preventing HIV. Among our PrEP patients, 32% are non-White and 17% are Black.
People who are transgender often face stigma in society – especially transgender people of color. Trillium Health’s transgender population is 28% non-White.
Trillium Health has prioritized COVID-19 testing for communities of color. To date, we have tested 3,030 people of color for the coronavirus.
Trillium Health runs the MOCHA Center, which connects LGBTQ people of color with events and programs that promote healthy living and support. In 2022, MOCHA staff provided 163 HIV tests and linkages to care.
HIV and Hepatitis C
Trillium Health redirects savings from the 340B program to supplement community outreach programs. For example, our syringe exchange program had 6,000 encounters through 2022.
340B also supports NARCAN training to reverse overdoses in our community, and removes barriers to care, such as housing and transportation.
340B supports outreach, education, testing and linkage to care though programs within schools, colleges/universities, festivals, health fairs, and more.
Trillium Health oversees nutrition education programs and runs a food pantry which served 800 clients in 2022.
The reduction of 340B savings would have a devastating impact on Trillium Health. It would threaten our patients with HIV, and it would undermine our success in addressing health disparities, particularly within communities of color. Finally, the timing couldn’t be any worse – COVID-19 already has disproportionately affected communities of color and people with preexisting conditions.