Foundation recognizes health center as vital member of California’s safety net

San Francisco, CA (August 19, 2013) – Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) announced today that it is awarding $35,000 in core funding to the SLO Noor Clinic to support their capacity to provide health care for low-income and uninsured residents in San Luis Obispo County and surrounding areas. The grant is part of the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the network of those delivering care on the front lines and enable them to continue to serve millions of vulnerable Californians.

“As we prepare for health reform, it is critical that safety net providers have the flexible funds they need to respond to new opportunities and challenges ahead,” said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of BSCF. “Strong community health centers like SLO Noor Clinic are paramount to ensuring that underserved patients aren’t left behind.”

Throughout the state, more than 200 community health centers and consortia continue to open their doors to California’s underserved populations. These health centers provide essential services to nearly 3 million low-income patients each year, many of whom will remain uninsured even after health reform.

“This grant is amazing; it will allow us to take care of our core expenses so we are able to focus on caring for our uninsured patients rather than how we are going to pay the bills,” said Ahmad Nooristani, MD, Founder and Executive Director of the SLO Noor Clinic. “We are incredibly grateful for the Blue Shield of California Foundation grant. “


About Blue Shield of California Foundation

Blue Shield of California Foundation is one of the state’s largest and most trusted grant making organizations. Our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. To learn more, visit

The Foundation is a private foundation funded entirely by Blue Shield of California, a not-for-profit health plan with more than 3.4 million members, 4,800 employees, and 20 offices throughout California.

The SLO Noor Clinic provides free, high quality health care services for the uninsured in our community. There is no sliding scale; no patient ever pays a penny for the services they receive.

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