August 15, 2018 – Anchorage, AK
The Board of Directors of Anchorage Project Access is pleased to announce the appointment of Melinda Freemon as the organization’s new Executive Director. Anchorage Project Access is a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to health care for low-income uninsured members of our community by working with a network of over 600 medical and dental providers to serve those in need.
Melinda Freemon brings over 30 years of experience in Alaska in organizational management with an emphasis on systems integration and improvement to her work at Anchorage Project Access. She has worked in rural and urban Alaska and led a variety of health care, behavioral health, housing and other programs for vulnerable populations. Before becoming the Executive Director, Melinda served as the Director of the Municipality of Anchorage Dept. of Health and Human Services, the Director of Supportive Housing for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) and the Executive Director of the Salvation Army Clitheroe Center. Melinda holds an MS in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.
About Anchorage Project Access
Anchorage Project Access is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase access to health care for low income uninsured members of our community by using a volunteer network of providers working in a coordinated fashion to create a compassionate, respectful, equitable, accountable and efficient program of necessary services for those in need. Anchorage Project Access is affiliated with Christian Health Associates.
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The Wilson Agency is celebrating 50 years in business, and to commemorate this significant milestone they teamed up with Anchorage Project Access with the goal of raising $50,000.
We are pleased to report that more than $55,000 has been raised so far. We were presented with $53,420 in funds at a gala celebrating their anniversary last week—and donations have continued to come in.
We are honored to be the beneficiary of such generosity and sincerely thank everyone at The Wilson Agency for their amazing support and dedication to our mission.
The APA Founders were awarded the Volunteerism & Community Service Award from the American College of Physicians on May 9, 2014.
Drs. Schumacher and Kaltenborn spent countless hours to plan and implement Anchorage Project Access. Without their leadership, APA simply would not exist. On behalf of our patients, we applaud their efforts and energy and congratulate them on a well-deserved honor.
Anchorage Project Access was recently selected as a finalist in the category of Distinguished Community Service by an Individual, Organization or Small Business, in the 52nd Annual Gold Pan Awards.
The Gold Pan Awards is a legacy event presented each year by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. On September 17, 2009 finalists were chosen from nominees who are active participants in the community who demonstrate outstanding community service, creativity and excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance.
Congratulations to our very generous network of volunteer providers for this well deserved recognition.
Drs. KC Kaltenborn and Cathie Schumacher, Anchorage Project Access founders, were honored on Sunday, May 17 as recipients of Congregation Beth Sholom’s 2009 Shining Lights Award. Congregation Beth Sholom hosts an annual banquet in honor of community members, whose work and life embody the Hebrew concept of Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world.” Speakers at this year’s event included Archbishop Roger Schwietz, Father Scott Medlock of St. Patrick’s Parish, Anchorage Project Access Board Vice-President Dr. Jerome List, and Tommie Brown, a former recipient of donated healthcare through Project Access, who expressed his deep and personal gratitude for creating the network of care that met his medical need in a life-changing way. Also appearing at the event to publically thank Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher were Senator Mark Begich, Acting Mayor Matt Claman, State Representative Les Gara and State Senator Hollis French.
As Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher accepted the Shining Lights Award, they shared briefly the convictions that guided them and acknowledged the numerous individuals in the community who were instrumental in bringing Project Access to fruition. Dr. Kaltenborn quoted Dr. Brian Green, Executive Director of Christian Health Associates, as saying, “Anchorage Project Access is too important to fail.” This sentiment was the energy that propelled the numerous founders during the Anchorage Project Access implementation period.
As was noted in the program and by many who came to the podium, this award honoring Drs. Kaltenborn and Schumacher also “pays tribute to all those providers and health-related facilities and institutions that make Anchorage Project Access possible.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff, congratulations to Drs Kaltenborn, Schumacher and the numerous physicians and business professionals responsible for launching Anchorage Project Access in our community. And to the volunteer network that makes Anchorage Project Access a reality—a heartfelt thank you. Anchorage Project Access would not exist without your ongoing generosity.
Anchorage Project Access was a recipient of the prestigious Heroes of Healthcare award presented April 4, 2009 at the Seventh Annual Awards Dinner and Auction held at the Sheraton Hotel. The award is presented annually by Hospice of Anchorage.