SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY HEALTHCORPS
SERVICEDESCRIPTIONS IN BRIEF

2015-2016

  • California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) - Health Champions program

  • Community Health Programs for Youth (CHPY), San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • Dental Health Program, San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT), San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • Maternal and Child Health Department (MCAH) - Child Care Health Project, San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • Maxine Hall Health Center

  • Mission Neighborhood Health Center (MNHC)

  • Native American Health Center (NAHC)

  • New Generation Health Center (NGHC)

  • St. Anthony's Medical Clinic (SAMC)

  • Silver Avenue Family Health Center (SAFHC)

  • Street Outreach Services (SOS)

  • Tom Waddell Urban Health Center (TWUHC), San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • UCSF Alliance Health Project (AHP)

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California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Health Champions Program
Health Champions is a school-based disease prevention project developed to address the growing trend of poor nutrition and physical inactivity in children and adolescents in San Francisco.  The HealthCorps member coordinates the day-to-day functions of Health Champions at a designated project school site.  Responsibilities can include organizing daily fitness activities for students, conducting classroom fruit and vegetable tastings, coordinating school-wide health promotion activities, developing health-related curriculum to support classroom teachers, overseeing school garden, and organizing a weekly salad bar.  This project is currently based in an independent Catholic middle school in the Tenderloin of San Francisco.  We are looking for an AmeriCorps member that is interested in serving with children and adolescents to promote healthy choices. 

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Community Health Programs for Youth (CHPY), San Francisco Department of Public Health
Community Health Programs for Youth is comprised of 8 community-based sites/clinics, each a public/private partnership, that offer comprehensive health care to youth and young adults 12-24 years of age; the Balboa Teen Health Center, located on the Balboa High School campus, is the only exception to the age range, targeting 12-19 year olds.  CHPY has strategically placed clinics throughout the city, targeting low income, underserved neighborhoods of San Francisco. CHPY is committed to the philosophy that youth have the right to confidential, comprehensive health care in a safe, accessible setting.  Each clinic provides reproductive health care, mental health and health education and the three larger clinics also provide primary health care.  The AmeriCorps member will serve primarily at the Balboa Teen Health Center, providing a variety of health education services to high school students, as well as supporting peer education within the high school and local middle school.  In the 2015/2016 school year, the AmeriCorps member will focus a significant percentage of time on the issue of child and adolescent obesity, potentially providing services at both Balboa HS and Denman Middle School, located adjacent to Balboa. This may include supporting clinical service delivery (BMI assessments and counseling interventions) and school-wide health education and promotion.  As has been the case in previous years, the AmeriCorps member will also support clinic efforts to ensure access to care as well as access to insurance coverage when possible.

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Dental Health Program, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Provides both education and dental care to elementary school children. Responsibilities include providing education to children about the importance of proper dental care in a fun, adaptable manner, assisting in the delivery of dental care to elementary school children in a mobile setting and computer based data collection for a county-wide oral health survey. Some other activities include: providing oral health education to parents at preschools, elementary schools and family resource centers; providing care coordination to assist parents to get their children into dental treatment, and assisting in providing trainings to dental and medical providers.  The member will provide oral health education to elementary schools and assist patients in the dental clinics at Silver Ave Family Health Center.

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Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT), San Francisco Department of Public Health
The San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team (SFHOT) works collaboratively in small teams to engage and stabilize chronically homeless individuals and to help establish care for chronic conditions and find permanent housing.  The medical team uses the model "Homeless to Primary Care Medical Home" and provides transitional primary health care to address barriers to primary care in the appropriate setting for each patient.  Barriers that will be addressed may be related to patient issues such as: medical, mental health and substance use disorders; lack of benefits; competing priorities such as lack of food, shelter, or clothing.  Barriers may also be related to systems issues such as: Enrollment and insurance requirements that are difficult for homeless individuals to obtain, inconvenient hours or locations of services; discrimination against homeless individuals in services; or services that have not created adaptations and accommodations for the needs of homeless people.  The Community HealthCorps member is part of a multidisciplinary medical team, as well as outreach and care management teams, which work collaboratively to engage, stabilize and house vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals.  The target populations they will serve are homeless individuals who are not receiving accessible, acceptable, and effective primary healthcare, and their primary activity is assessment of each patient's current status related to primary care.  For those patients who have no primary care provider or who have nominal primary care but the patients needs are not being met, the Community HealthCorps member will assess barriers to stabilizing the patient in a primary care medical home, and develop and implement individualized plans to transition the patient to accessible and effective healthcare that meets their needs. 

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Maternal and Child Health Department (MCAH) – Child Care Health Project, San Francisco Department of Public Health
The Child Care Health Project serves the most vulnerable, at risk, low income, underserved 0-5 year old children and their families in preschools, family resource centers and shelters across many SF neighborhoods.  We are a team of public health nurses, health workers and a dental hygienist who consult, screen and train on-site to approximately 90 centers and preschools, at varying frequencies.  Our goal is prevention and early detection, promotion of healthy and safe child care environments and the coordination of health resource linkages. 

The AmeriCorps member would assist Child Care Health Project public health nurses, health workers and dental hygienist dental screenings (and occasional hearing, vision, and height/weight screenings)  of 0-5 year olds in preschools; provide education to children about the importance of proper dental care, disaster safety, exercise/nutrition and hand washing; provide/assist with trainings to child care, family resource center and shelter staff on health and safety topics (Primarily oral health); assist with the creation of health related teaching materials; make follow-up phone calls to parents to assist with establishing medical/dental homes.

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Maxine Hall Health Center
Maxine Hall Health Center's Family Team is part of the largest Healthcare for the Homeless program within the San Francisco Community Health Network.  Team members are serving homeless, poor and underserved families in San Francisco with quality health care regardless of cultural background, sexual orientations, and substance use.  Most of the work performed by the Family Team takes place in an emergency shelter for homeless families and a drop-in center.  Primary responsibilities for the family team include providing community health outreach, linkage, and referrals to families, coordinating and conducting shelter-based health education programs for homeless youth staying at the shelter, and parent nutrition education to prevent childhood obesity. 

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Mission Neighborhood Health Center
The Mission Neighborhood Health Center is a non-profit, multi-site community health organization offering comprehensive health services in the Mission and Excelsior Districts of San Francisco.  The center offers primary health care services, adult medicine, pediatrics, family planning, OB/GYN, HIV and homeless services.  We are dedicated to health equity through the provision of culturally- and linguistically-competent services with a focus on the Latino Spanish-speaking communities.  The AmeriCorps member will be serving with patients and staff and, as such, will be expected to speak Spanish fluently.  The main projects will include Pediatric health coaching, staffing our Patient Advisory Council, conducting patient satisfaction surveys, and assisting with registration and eligibility determination at our Teen Clinic and Valencia Clinic, and providing health education/coaching to adults.  Another component will be working with the Chicano/Latino/Indigena Health Equity Coalition to survey patients and community members affiliated with the member organizations of the clinic.  

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Native American Health Center (NAHC)
Native American Health Center assists American Indians and Alaska Natives to improve and maintain their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being with respect for cultural traditions and to advocate for the needs of all Indian people, especially the most vulnerable members of our community.  Our clinical facilities provide a full range of community health care and prevention services including primary medical care, comprehensive dental care, family guidance counseling, HIV prevention and AIDS treatment, youth services, women, infants and children's health, and general nutrition and fitness. The AmeriCorps position of Oral Health Educator will implement outreach activities to increase access to dental services, provide oral health education to targeted populations, and provide case management services to dental patients to encourage treatment plan completion. The Oral Health Educator will also train and coordinate activities of the Oral Health Promoters in delivering oral health education in the community, conduct outreach to the local community to arrange and deliver oral health education to at-risk populations, and promote dental services at community events/outreach activities to increase utilization of the dental program.

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New Generation Health Center (NGHC)
New Generation Health Center offers confidential reproductive health care services to uninsured or underinsured San Francisco youth and young adults.  In addition to clinical services, NGHC also has an outreach and education program aimed at reducing unintended pregnancy and STD rates amongst teens and young adults.  The primary responsibilities of the AmeriCorps members will include one-on-one client-centered health education and risk assessment as well as performing medical support functions including measuring/recording of patient vital signs, ordering labs and packaging of specimens for delivery to external lab and supporting clinicians as needed.  Additional responsibilities may include supporting NGHC’s education programs by conducting reproductive health related outreach presentations to various San Francisco public schools and community based organizations.  An ideal position for those wanting to serve with adolescents and young adults and/or wanting to gain experience working in a clinical setting.  Spanish speaking is preferred.

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St. Anthony Medical Clinic
St. Anthony Medical Clinic provides primary and urgent care services to adults and children with or without health insurance or limited access to health care.  Located in the Tenderloin, the clinic is committed to providing compassionate, quality health care to the underserved.  We serve a diverse patient population of patients who come from across various areas of the city.  Many of the patients have had limited contact with primary care services and face socioeconomic and cultural challenges.  Along with primary care, the clinic offers preventative and chronic disease care services to individuals and groups, podiatry, mental health, and acupuncture.  The AmeriCorps members will be serving with clinic staff and patients primarily to support the clinics chronic disease care management programs by providing education and counseling, outreach and follow-up.  Responsibilities can include individual health coaching with pre-diabetic and diabetic patients, outreaching to patients in clinic and by phone to help re-engage them in their care, smoking cessation counseling, supporting the chronic care team leader with collecting patient data and tracking patients for outreach, supporting the clinics Quality Improvement (QI) projects, leading weekly health education classes for residents of the St. Anthony Foundation's rehabilitation center and developing and/or facilitating groups in collaboration with chronic care teams.  There are two positions available.  Each member will be assigned to plan, coordinate and lead one of the clinic's wellness programs which include a series of classes addressing either healthy cooking/nutrition or exercise/fitness.  Fluency in Spanish is preferred. 

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Silver Avenue Family Health Center
Silver Avenue Family Health Center is a full-spectrum family medicine clinic, providing medical care for all ages, from infants to geriatric patients. The patient population is very diverse (approximately 40%Latino, 38% Asian, and 12% African-American) and generally comes from a low socioeconomic background, facing barriers such as low literacy and poverty. The AmeriCorps member will be interacting with patients and staff of many different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  They will serve as a health coach to help patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol make lifestyle changes to improve their health.  They will conduct outreach to patients by phone and mail to patients who are out of date with preventive services to encourage them to complete the testing and assess barriers to care.  They will assist prenatal and pediatric patients as well as patients with chronic conditions and disabilities to navigate the health care system and improve access to available clinic and community services.  Member will also elicit feedback about patient satisfaction and experience in the primary care clinic and serve as a liaison for the clinic Patient Advisory Board.  They will assist in development of new projects like group education visits for patients with chronic conditions and other quality improvement initiatives. 

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Street Outreach Services (SOS) Medical Van
SOS is a mobile health clinic serving homeless individuals and families. Through the use of a mobile outreach van, SOS provides high quality, non-judgmental health services directly to homeless people in places where they live and congregate. We have a dedicated team of primary medical providers, nurses, and outreach workers who provide medical care and referrals to substance abuse services, mental health services, housing programs, public benefits, and other services to meet our clients’ unique needs. SOS clients represent a diverse cross-section of the San Francisco homeless population. We provide services to 2,500 clients per year of all ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities and cultures. Our clients include seniors, veterans, undocumented workers, sex workers, vehicularly-housed individuals and families.  Responsibilities of AmeriCorps position include: approaching and engaging homeless people to assess their need for healthcare services, patient advocacy, health education, referrals and follow-up, and clinic coordination. Applicants must have a clean driving record and possess, or be willing to obtain, a CA driver’s license. Spanish language skills are a plus.

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Tom Waddell Urban Health Center (TWUHC)

The mission of Tom Waddell Urban Health is to provide quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services with compassion, dignity, and respect for our clients in a collaborative environment. 

TWUHC is the largest Healthcare for the Homeless program within the San Francisco Community Health Network.  It is dedicated to serving the homeless, poor and underserved of San Francisco with quality health care regardless of cultural background, sexual preferences or substance use. There are two positions available for AmeriCorps members.  One position works with assorted primary care clinics, which can include Clinica Latina, Women’s Clinic, Transgender Clinic and outreach clinics. Member will also support Syringe Access Program and lead overdose prevention trainings.  Responsibilities can include patient advocacy, providing health education, referrals and follow-up, record keeping and research.

The second position is part of the TWUHC Homeless Family Team and Shelter Health Program.  The SF Department of Public Health's Shelter Health Program provides San Francisco Adult Shelters with medical support for clients and medical advisory for shelter staff.  We have 3 full time RN's who do short-term case management for the most medically complex clients as well as provide some urgent care services.  Along with assistance from our AmeriCorps members we link clients to the appropriate level of care (emergent/urgent) and ultimately attempt to get all clients into Primary Care.  We provide trainings for staff and clients on health and safety issues, provide guidelines and ongoing on site support.  Our team works in collaboration with multiple other facilities and agencies to provide comprehensive care for the most vulnerable clients.

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UCSF Alliance Health Project (AHP)
The UCSF Alliance Health Project supports the mental health and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives.  For more than 30 years, AHP has been a pioneering agency within the rapidly changing HIV service environment, providing culturally sensitive HIV testing and counseling, HIV prevention and mental health services in San Francisco, as well as education and training throughout the State of California.  AHP is also the city's leading provider of outpatient mental health care for the LGBTQ community.

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