SFCCC Welcomes API Wellness Center!

At the member's meeting of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium on November 16, 2016 San Francisco added its newest member: API Wellness Center. 

API Wellness Center is a fully-licensed, federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving people of color and the LGBTQ community. Their team provides respectful, compassionate health care that focuses on the patient as a whole person. The medical staff can connect to counseling, therapy, case management, and community services—everything you need to reach health, wellness, and equality.

API is open: M-T-W-F: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, and Th: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm. Contact 415-292-3400 or theclinic@apiwellness.org to make an appointment.  API is located at 726 Polk Street.

LINK to Immigrant Rights Resources

We have long worked with organizations such as the National Immigration Law Center and the California Immigrant Policy Institute on issues of concern to our patients and staff at Community Health Centers.  Please go to:




to print out "KNOW YOUR RIGHTS" cards. 

Give the Gift of Warmth!

SOS Winter Warmth Drive

The annual SOS winter warmth drive has started!


We’re collecting donations of new or gently used, clean coats in the SFCCC office through January 1st.  Hoodies, puffers, and/or water-proof are what’s requested most by clients.


And we’re fundraising to buy new socks and sleeping bags to give away all year long: https://igg.me/at/TkDCAMKak5o. Just a $5 donation can provide brand new socks to 3 people in need. A $30 donation can provide a brand new sleeping bag, so that one less person goes cold. 


Give the gift of warmth this holiday season!

More on Covered California Enrollment Deadlines

Medi-Cal and Healthy San Francisco are open for coverage all year long, but Covered California has an specific open enrollment period.  You can enroll in health care coverage for the new year until January 31, 2017, but in order to have coverage beginning January 1, 2017, you will need to enroll by December 15, 2016.

Staff Celebrates John Gressman's 25 Years as Leader of SFCCC

On October 20, 2016, SFCCC held a surprise staff celebration to honor John Gressman, MSW, MA who has been President and Chief Executive Officer of SFCCC for 25 years.  Staff honored John for his intelligence, strategic thinking, commitment, integrity and kindness and John described the growth and progress that SFCCC has made over the last 25 years. Congratulations John!



The California Endowment has teamed up with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California to produce a new Spanish language web video encouraging people to vote in this year’s election.    Please view and share this 30 second Spanish language web video:   (https://vimeo.com/187524174)

Join the Bay Area Medi-Cal 50 Years Anniversary Celebration!

When? Tuesday October 25, 2016 9:30 to 11:30 am

Where? Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Front Courtyard 1001 Potrero Avenue, SF CA 94110

RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/BayAreaMediCal50

Questions? Contact BayAreaMediCal50th@gmail.com

Sponsored by The California Department of Health Care Services, San Francisco Health Plan,  Health Plan of San Mateo, and Health Access.

Governor Brown Signs Bill on Marriage and Family Therapists – Victory for Health Centers!



In a victory for health centers looking to increase and diversify their behavioral health workforce, Governor Brown recently signed AB1863 (Woods) which allows Federally Qualified Health Centers to bill Medi-Cal for behavioral health visits conducted by Marriage and Family Therapists.   This bill will go into effect on January 1, 2017 and SFCCC will be working with our colleagues at the California Primary Care Associationon implementation.  A fact sheet with Q and A's will be available in late October.

FREE IMMIGRATION LAW WORKSHOP to be conducted by ALRP and Positive Resource Center

Positive Resource Center http://www.positiveresource.org and AIDS Legal Referral Panel http://www.alrp.org invite you to their Immigration Law Workshop. This Training will be conducted in English and is appropriate for consumers as well as providers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11:30 AM-3:00 PM

The Women's Building, San Francisco

 As space is limited, RSVP is required for those planning to attend this workshop.  To register, contact Tuquan Harrison at tuquanh@positiveresource.org or 415 972-0835



New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Questions: Information for Patients


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 Graduates its 21st Community HealthCorps/AmeriCorps Team!

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!     

Register to Vote

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.



National Health Center Week: Health Care for the Homeless Day!



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.