Community Health Development Foundation

Our communities affect almost every aspect our health. Although healthcare access in urban areas is on the rise, access to care in rural areas continues to be limited. The Community Health Development Foundation (CHDF) – the sister non-profit of Community Health Development Partners, which will open a surgical center in Elko in fall 2021 – was created to help close the gaps in care experienced by rural and other underserved communities. 

CHDF will partner with local chefs, wellness providers and fitness experts to provide free health-related services to the community out of the new Elko facility. Hands-on educational programs are expected to include heart-healthy cooking demonstrations, wellness classes for individuals suffering from chronic pain, healthcare advocacy programs, and screenings for illnesses that are more prevalent in Elko County. 

CHDF also will operate a Patient Navigation program to help match community members with resources that can address their specific healthcare needs. Navigation services will range from arranging transportation to medical appointments to navigating the financial components of an individual’s care. The program will be available to all residents of the Elko community, regardless of whether they are patients of the new facility. 

To ensure accountability to the people of Elko, CHDF will form a patient advisory board to guide its work and help shape the patient experience at the new surgery center. This group will be empowered to provide valuable feedback and insight on Elko’s unique healthcare needs. 

Elko County residents who want to learn more about joining the advisory board – and service providers who are interested in partnering with the Foundation for its programming – can visit or contact CHDF directly at