Community Health Center has received a $12,000 grant from the Carpenter Foundation to provide health care services to newly unemployed and uninsured Jackson County residents.

Community Health Center has received a $12,000 grant from the Carpenter Foundation to provide health care services to newly unemployed and uninsured Jackson County residents.

In a statement announcing the grant, Community Health Center Executive Director Peg Crowley said the center's clinics are seeing a significant increase in requests for new patient appointments as people lose their jobs and their employer-sponsored health insurance.

The Community Health Center, established in 1972 by concerned community residents, serves low-income, working uninsured and other vulnerable children and adults. It has clinics in Ashland, Medford and White City. In 2009, they provided 35,452 patient visits.

The Carpenter Foundation, established in 1958, is a private family foundation. For more information on the foundation, visit their website at www.carpenter-foundation.org or e-mail them at pwilliams@carpenter-foundation.org.

For more information about Community Health Center, see www.communityhealthcenter.org online or call 541-773-3863 for an appointment. People interested in donating in support of the organization can call Karen Elliott at 541-842-7711.