Submitted by Unity Care NW, written by Dr. Katy Mayer

When I was growing up, I knew I wanted to become a doctor. I had a strong desire to play an active role in building and becoming a part of a strong, healthy community. Throughout my medical training it was clear that individuals of a community who are healthy in mind, body and spirit are better able to get an education, have a successful career, and better care for family, friends and in turn their community.

Dr. Katy Mayer, MD feels her role as a family physician is to work with her patients on becoming healthy and whole so that they can in turn focus on caring for their families and friends. She enjoys caring for families through all stages of life — from newborn care to elder care. Photo courtesy Unity Care NW

When I began practicing medicine, I was deeply concerned to see that the cost of basic medical services was burdensome to many and that some people weren’t able to get the care they needed. I knew then that my calling was to provide care for everyone, regardless of status or income. No one person is more deserving than another.

“My patients, no matter their challenges, can depend on Unity Care NW for affordable whole-person care.”

— Katy Mayer, MD Unity Care NW Medical Provider

As a provider at Unity Care NW, I have the privilege of caring for a variety of people on a daily basis: a small business owner without insurance, a single mom with a new baby, a 20-something just out of college, and an unhoused individual seeking care. And for all of them, prevention is key. If an individual postpones care because they are afraid it will cost too much, undiagnosed conditions may become costlier to treat, or deadly.

Unity Care NW is a nonprofit community health center and never turns anyone away, regardless of their ability to pay. Photo courtesy Unity Care NW

I was grateful that, during the pandemic, emergency measures meant Medicaid was able to provide coverage for more people. We started seeing patients who may not have sought care otherwise. But now, with the end of the public health emergency, many of our patients are no longer eligible for Medicaid. We’re caring for more patients without insurance which puts more pressure on our limited resources.

We can all see that our community is struggling from mental health problems, addiction issues, increased homelessness, and general poor health — but you can help by making a nonprofit donation to Unity Care NW! Our health center is well equipped to support our community, we’ve been doing it for over 40 years. Unity Care NW is strong and serving more patients than ever before. Our sliding fee discount program makes sure care is always accessible and affordable for everyone.

Charitable giving from generous individuals like you make it possible! This giving season, make your donation to Unity Care NW. Your nonprofit donation will provide care, hope, and dignity to so many who may have forgotten that they deserve it. Donate to Unity Care NW and support the medical, dental, and mental health of our community this holiday season!

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