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September 4, 2018
Giving Back: Alisa Jones
“Most of us have immigrant stories,” says Alisa Jones, CEO and President of La Comunidad Hispana, “and when we listen and honor each other’s stories, we find more things that unite us than divide us.” This unity is at the heart of LCH, which offers welcoming, integrated, and holistic services to individuals and families.
Alisa, who is from Southern California and now calls Southern Chester County home,
has worked in public health for more than 20 years. Her professional passion—to offer access to high-quality, affordable healthcare to everyone regardless of race or ethnicity—is also a personal passion. Growing up, her family owned a small business and didn’t have health insurance. To anyone with barriers to receiving care, Alisa says, “We want to see you and we’re here to serve you.”
In addition to medical care, LCH offers behavioral health services, adult education, workforce development, and social assistance. With 27,000 visits last year, a robust data system is integral to enabling the 70 staff members across LCH’s four centers to communicate and track services.
LCH offers a high standard of care in a cost-effective model that saves many thousands of taxpayer dollars annually, and Alisa is grateful for the community’s generous philanthropy and volunteer support. LCH has also begun working with organizations like the Oxford Arts Alliance and After the Bell to make art, a powerful tool for communication and healing, accessible to all.
All who benefit from LCH’s services are members, so they have a sense of investment and ownership, and sixty percent of those serving on the board of directors receive services. “The unique perspective of the consumer helps to guide our work,” Alisa says, “as we build relationships and demonstrate the power of unity within a community.”