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In The Beginning

In 1998, Paul Uhlig, MD, a fourth generation Kansas physician and a cardiothoracic surgeon, set the wheels in motion to improve access to health care for the 50,000 uninsured living in Wichita-Sedgwick County. Continue Reading »
A group of people of varying ages, races and abilities are gathered in a meadow with their arms around each other.


Project Access’ success lies in its relationship-building and thinking creatively to solve community health problems. Continue Reading »
Two male doctors and two female doctors study an x-ray.

Medical Society

When the Medical Society of Sedgwick County (MSSC) took Project Access under its wing, it ensured that there would be an adequate number of doctors available for participation. Continue Reading »
A clean, white hospital room with an empty bed.


Because many uninsured people go to local emergency departments for medical needs that often should be treated and managed in a primary care setting, much of the escalated costs for care for the uninsured are borne by the hospitals. Continue Reading »
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For years community clinics (FQHCs and privately-funded clinics) had to negotiate with doctors and hospitals to get treatment and diagnostic testing for their uninsured patients. Continue Reading »
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Early in the planning process of Project Access, Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation leaders approached the president of the United Way of the Plains. Continue Reading »
A female pharmacists in a white coat reaches for medication on a pharmacy shelf.


The involvement of pharmacists began when the MSSC contacted Prescription Network of Kansas (PNK), a pharmacy benefits management company. Continue Reading »
A male doctor wearing a white coat and stethoscope smiles. Two other people are blurred in the background.


Project Access bears an obligation to a whole community of people: patients, funders, health care providers, governments, taxpayers— to ensure that funding is spent efficiently and effectively. Continue Reading »