The Women's Building, San Francisco
The National LGBT Health Education Center has developed a new resource pamphlet explaining to patients at health centers why they are being asked about sexual orientation and gender identity, what the answer options mean., and what to do if they do not want to answer these questions. There is also information for patients about why this information is important to the health center, and what will be done with the answers to these questions.
SFCCC has participated in the Community HealthCorps National Direct AmeriCorps program since its inception in 1995 and in July we graduated our 21st class of Community HealthCorps/AmeriCorps members! Collectively this team of 21 members provided over 35,700 hours in service to underserved San Franciscans in need of culturally competent, quality health services. These members expanded access to services that would have otherwise not been provided or to patients that would not have otherwise accessed these services.
This 2015-2016 program year our members provided health education and health-related information to over 4,500 patients and enrolled over 600 patients into insurance or health access programs. Most of our members have begun graduate or masters-level programs after their terms of service ended; two of which are attending medical school at UCSF and one is in the Masters Entry Level Nursing Program at UCSF, one member received a full-ride scholarship to UCLA’s PRIME program and another received a Dean’s list scholarship to his medical school program at Duke. We also had 5 members that have been hired in positions in community health in San Francisco, continuing their legacy of service by increasing access to quality health services for San Francisco’s most underserved. We couldn’t be more proud of our 2015-2016 San Francisco Community HealthCorps Members and we’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of them for their amazingly dedicated year of service to our SF community!
The importance of feeling comfortable and welcomed in a medical home is important to anyone, but especially to homeless people who regularly face stigma and discrimination in medical settings.Read More
Diabetes and heart disease are found at high rates among the homeless population in addition to injuries and physical ailments from living outdoors.Read More
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Eleanor Jacobs, MSW, passed away.Read More
Health Centers throughout the country are spreading the work about how easy it is to register to vote. To register on line please go to: http://registertovote.ca.gov//
In California, the Deadline to register (postmarked or submitted electronically) is October 24, 2016.
The next General Election is November 8, 2016.
SFCCC’s Street Outreach Services (SOS) provides mobile urgent medical care and connection to long term primary care for San Francisco’s homeless and marginally housed population. In the first six months of 2016, we had over 300 health education encounters on topics including overdose prevention, risk reduction, and chronic disease management. We were able to connect 45% of people using SOS with primary care and 64% to substance abuse treatment services, while providing immediate critical services such as 90 flu vaccinations. We also implemented an electronic health record that allows us to streamline services across care sites and includes a patient communication platform to remind patients of appointments. Learn more at http://www.sfccc.org/access-to-care.
After more than 15 years of dramatic growth, America’s Health Centers are the now largest network of primary care providers in the nation. Health centers today serve more than 24 million patients and are supported by nearly 200,000 staff and board members. The work of the Health Center Advocacy Network has been a major reason for the past growth of health centers but we now need to GROW even more to keep pace with this inspiring movement!
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Please celebrate National Health Center Week by going to http://www.saveourchcs.org/about.cfm and click on Join the Campaign
Please join us to learn about the services available to our clinics for managing supplies, materials and equipment inventory, impacting the agency's bottom line though maximizing negotiated discounted pricing, and monitoring and managing the fiscal health of our health centers.Read More
The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) will be hosting a Thunderclap on Wednesday, August 10 in support of National Health Center Week. A thunderclap is a tool that allows a group to push a single message over social media in unison. It’s comparable to a flash mob, but online. You can sign-up now to have your post queued up to automatically be posted on August 10.
Research has shown that Sugar Sweetened Beverages offer no nutritional value and are linked to risks for obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Patients served by SFCCC and its member clinics are disproportionately impacted by these diseases.
Therefore, the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium Board of Directors has voted to endorse a Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax submitted by several members of the Board of Supervisors for the November, 2016 ballot. For more information, please go to
On June 30th on sfist.com reporter Eve Batey wrote a thoughtful article entitled"Pets Of Homeless People Provide Huge Benefits, But Often Keep Them On The Streets," that featured SFCCC's VET SOS program.
Excerpts from the article: "Rick is the only one who has ever really loved me," a man named Sam told me as he sat on a sidewalk at the end of Judah Street in the Outer Sunset. "The only one I've loved who hasn't ever hurt me," he said.
Rick, a three-year-old Chihuahua mix, sat in Sam's lap, drifting in and out of sleep.
"I don't know what I'd do without him," Sam, a self-described "outdoor sleeper" who declined to give his last name, said, as he rubbed Rick's head. "I don't always take good care of myself, but I always take good care of Rick."
"Not only are the monthly vet clinics a good way to ensure that pets cared for by homeless people are in the best possible health, they are also a "great tool to connect humans to care," Rittenhouse-Dhesi says. Deena Lahn, SFCCC's Vice President for Policy and Advocacy agrees, saying that many times, ... (humancentric) street outreach teams will be rebuffed by homeless people, .." But these same people will seek care for their companion animals, and that's when a bridge can be built, as once they build a relationship with their vet and see "that they aren't being judged," they will open up to SOS volunteers about the health care needs they, themselves are facing."
See full article at: http://sfist.com/2016/06/30/post_20.php
DONATE to VET SOS at
When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medi-Cal to thousands of Californians, outreach and enrollment specialists found that California's estate recovery program was a barrier to people enrolling in Medi-Cal. With the passage of SB33 by California State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, California, like many other states in the country, will limit estate collection to long term care, as is required by federal law.
On June 17, 2016 staff, members and supporters gathered to honor health care champions and celebrate the work of SFCCC. In this picture, SFCCC Board Member Zeke Montejano from St. Anthony's Medical Clinic celebrates with Marlon Cueller, who graciously accepted an award on behalf of The California Endowment.
As part of our work with the California Primary Care Association, SFCCC has joined many other organization to call for the appropriation of $100 million in the 2016-17 State Budget to support and expand primary care residency training and programs to recruit providers to practice in medically underserved areas. The Advocacyis working! The State Senate and Assembly have each approved the primary care workforce budget request. The final step is for the Legislature to approve of a combined budget and convince the Governor to support the primary care budget ask too. If the State does not step in to backfill the tens of millions of dollars in cuts facing residency primary care residency programs, more than 150 family medicine residency slots could be compromised. WE NEED YOUR HELP AT THIS CRITICAL FINAL STAGE TO ENSURE OUR VOICE IS HEARD ON THIS ISSUE!
Today, we ask that you send a strong message with social media and written word.
1. Social Media: Using Twitter and/or Facebook post here.
2. Submit a Letter to the Governor: Use the language in this letter to submit through the Governor's communication portal here. Choose "Budget Proposal - 2016-17" from the drop down subject menu. Deadline for submission is COB June 14, 2016.
3. Call Leadership: Call Speaker Anthony Rendon (916-319-2063) and Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Léon (916-651-4024). Thank them for including this critical funding to address the tens of millions of dollars in cuts facing California’s primary care residencies. Urge them to fight hard for it in negotiations with the Governor to support all primary care residency, including our Teaching Health Centers.
Call Deena Lahn at 415 355-2262 if you have any questions.
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, Medi-Cal, is now covering 13.3 million Californians, about a third of the state's population. In recognition, the State is rolling out a new Benefits Identification Card (BIC). It will have the same purpose as the old card, but isnicer looking.
From California Health Plus Advocates:
On Tuesday, SB 10 (Lara), which seeks a waiver from the Federal government to allow undocumented adults to purchase plans through Covered California, passed the Assembly Floor with a 55-20 bipartisan vote! Today, it has also passed the Senate Floor with a 27-8 bipartisan vote. Due to an urgency clause in the bill, it will go to the Governor soon after.
ACTION: Urge the Governor to sign SB 10 (Lara) by signing on the our coalition petition here.
Health Plus Advocates
A study co authored by researcher Stan Glantz, a professor of medicine at UCSF and director of its Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education found that a 10 percent decline in both prevalence of smoking and per-person cigarette consumption would save one percent ($63 Billion!) of total health care costs.