Help Us Help Our Patients

It is said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and prevention is a major focus of the primary medical care that the SFCCC ten partner health clinics provide as they serve more than 87,000 patients. The medical care ranges from prenatal care to geriatric care.

One chronic disease management program that we use is called PHASE (Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday). This program is focused on high-risk patients. These are patients who could die from heart attacks and strokes - patients who have diabetes or coronary artery disease.

PHASE prevents heart attacks and strokes by using a disease registry to identify the patients with chronic disease who are at risk; supporting patients to make lifestyle changes as appropriate; and prescribing a preventive medication regimen, if indicated. The lifestyle changes include tobacco cessation, increasing physical activity, eating healthy, and weight management.

We come to you because we know that you understand the importance of providing quality medical care, including preventive care, and agree that it should be available to all. Our SFCCC clinics provide culturally and linguistically sensitive care for people in San Francisco who are uninsured, people who are low-income, people who are the working poor, and people who are homeless.

We always stay aware of how the PHASE service directly improves the lives of the people, our community. Please let us share a story (keeping her real name confidential) about the outcome of our care as it relates to one of our patients:

Sherri, 41

  • Sherri came to the clinic hesitant and untrusting because of negative past medical experiences. Her blood pressure was extremely elevated, she was having lots of pain, and her attitude towards life was discouraged. She had been in a shelter for years, and rarely left. She was morbidly obese and unmotivated. She had shortness of breath and walked with a cane. At the clinic Sherri was diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, and the clinic medical team worked with her to treat all these conditions. After being targeted for PHASE, Sherri's HgA1c (a test that tells the average blood sugar rate over the previous three months - and 8 or under is acceptable) has steadily decreased to a current level of 6.8. She no longer walks with a cane and is walking 30 minutes per day. Sherri has lost weight and pain has lessened. She attends all her appointments and regularly talks about how much she appreciates the clinic and how much more motivated she feels about life. Because of PHASE, we are confident this patient will be able to manage her condition and return to the active lifestyle she once had.

Please help us continue this work and improve the lives of our patients, your neighbors. Please make a donation. Thank you very much.