Access and Action for Our Region's Most Vulnerable Patients

Project Access-New Haven is dedicated to collaborating among partners in the health care community in order to make medical care accessible to everyone.

Recovering from an illness or injury is never easy. It takes time and care, usually, days missed from work, prescriptions, and other follow-up treatments such as physical therapy. It can be detrimental to an individual's or family's finances.

That is where Project Access-New Haven steps in, receiving referrals of patients in need of specialized medical assistance and without the ability to pay for it.

With help from a multi-year grant from The Community Foundation for staff coordination, Project Access has seen its referral rate more than double since its doors opened four years ago. The organization has partnered with care centers, physicians and other service providers, laboratories, and even taxi service companies in order to provide patients with complete wrap-around services involving their medical care.

"Our vision is to be the community champion for access to care for those most in need," says Executive Director Darcey Cobbs-Lomax. "We strive to assist each patient on an individual level and provide the clinical and support services they need. Sometimes, meeting all needs isn't easy, but the staff is dedicated, hard-working, and resourceful. A partner that with the tremendous support from our community and that equals success for our organization."

One patient's testimony, on behalf of the services provided by Project Access-New Haven and its partners, thanked them for giving him the ability to walk again after an injury led to a partial leg amputation. With the services and products provided to him through Project Access, he was able to return to work as a mechanic and provide for his family.

Funding for the grant to Project Access was made possible through several preference funds at The Community Foundation. You can learn more about Project Access at

Did You Know?

A survey earlier this year found that the rate of uninsured Americans fell by 8 percent. But that still leaves 41 million people in the U.S. without any form of health insurance.
Source: "Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Falls, Survey Shows", New York Times