Community Health Initiative of Orange County (CHIOC) exists to make a more equitable Orange County by making healthcare accessible and beneficial so residents can live healthy and successful lives.
Serving approximately 21,000 residents per year, CHIOC provides a bridge to healthcare services for individuals who—due to economic, language or proximity barriers—might otherwise never see a doctor outside of emergency circumstances, leading to unaffordable, high medical costs. Sadly, low-income families are more likely to be uninsured, which negatively impacts quality of life and financial stability and leads to a cycle of generational poverty (Kaiser Family Foundation, Key Facts about the Uninsured Population, 2020).
Launched in 2006 as part of a statewide network of children’s health initiatives, CHIOC has since expanded to not only serve children, but entire families and individuals, breaking down barriers to healthcare coverage and connecting them to crucial programs and services. In 2015, we became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, having built a solid reputation for expertise, efficiency, and trust in our community.
Over the past decade, CHIOC established best practices for the industry as a whole, using our case management model to create a comprehensive support system to guide individuals through the entire process of utilizing healthcare services—from obtaining access, to making the most of the benefits, to maintaining healthcare coverage on an ongoing basis.
To connect all children and families to affordable and quality health care and social services.
In 2021, CHIOC reached out to 92,923 low-income individuals and helped 2,211 individuals/families receive free or low-cost medical coverage through Medi-Cal, 101 individuals obtain health insurance through Covered California, and 2,140 children ages 18 and under receive preventative and medical care at no cost. In addition, we helped 2,097 individuals/families experiencing food insecurity with access to healthy, fresh food through CalFresh and 600 at-risk families with supplemental support through CalWORKs.