Why Support SFCCC?
Because SFCCC Works to ensure the availability of primary health care for family, friends and community members who are uninsured or medically under-served. SFCCC’s mission is to develop and implement programs and support policies that increase access to community-based primary care, targeting the uninsured and under-served. SFCCC furthers its mission through expanded access to care, workforce development, maximizing resources, quality improvement, and health policy.
Expanded Access to Care
Tragically, the average lifespan of a homeless person living on the streets is only 41 years.
San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium has served as San Francisco’s Federal Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) grantee since the program’s inception in 1988. In collaboration with SFCCC partner clinics and the local Health Department, more than 15,000 homeless individuals are served annually. SFCCC also operates Street Outreach Services (SOS), a mobile medical program for homeless San Franciscans. SOS provides urgent medical care and health education, distributes health and hygiene supplies, and links homeless individuals and families to a regular source of primary care, housing and other needed services. It has been shown that these efforts result in improved health status and reduced mortality.
A $25 donation allows SFCCC to provide basic hygiene kits to 5 homeless San Franciscans.
The declining number of primary care physicians in California poses a significant threat to health care access. Low-income communities of color are especially likely to experience physician shortages.
Americorps VISTA Member at work.
San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, which serves as the federally designated Area Health Education Center (AHEC) for San Francisco, conducts a variety of health care workforce development activities, focusing on under-served communities. SFCCC has participated in the AmeriCorps national service program since 1995. Each year, more than 20 Community HealthCorps members are placed in SFCCC partner health clinics and other community health sites, providing needed health education, care management, and outreach services. Equally importantly, these future health care professionals gain invaluable “safety net” work experience and exposure to careers in community health. Three-fourths of our AmeriCorps members go on to work in primary care and community health as medical providers, nurses, social workers, support staff, and administrators, with the majority matriculating to medical school.
A $50 contribution supports a future health care provider to address community health needs through our AmeriCorps program.
Until recently, our primary care patients often had to wait several months to be seen by a specialist for potentially life-threatening conditions.
San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium has succeeded in greatly reducing wait times for specialty care appointments, by linking our partner clinics to the electronic health record of the local County hospital. This secured linkage permits primary care providers to more efficiently and effectively consult with hospital-based specialists, and has substantially decreased the backlog for specialty care appointments. Improved coordination of patient care and expedited access to specialists has resulted in improved health outcomes for our patients.
A $100 contribution to SFCCC maintains connectivity between a partner clinic and specialists for a week’s worth of referrals.
More than 5,000 of the patients served by SFCCC’s partner clinics suffer from diabetes. Untreated diabetes can result in death, heart disease, kidney failure, vision lose, and many other serious health problems.
In collaboration with our partner health clinics, the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium has implemented a network-wide Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Program that improves clinical outcomes. By enhancing the quality and effectiveness of care, our patients’ chronic diseases are being better managed. Our PHASE (Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday) initiative uses a disease registry to identify patients with chronic conditions that place them at high risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack, specifically patients with diabetes or coronary artery disease. Once identified, clinicians are able to work with patients to reduce their risk of stroke or heart attack through positive lifestyle changes and a preventative medication regimen, if indicated. The PHASE initiative enables our partner health clinics to track the quality of the care they provide and strive to continually improve the health outcomes of our patients.
A $250 donation supports SFCCC’s CQI work with our partner health clinics to continually improve the health outcomes of our patients.
More than 50 million Americans and 80,000 San Franciscans are currently uninsured.
San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium continually educates our elected and appointed public officials about the needs of our partner clinics and the patients and communities they serve. In the recent decision-making process about federal health care reform, we advised then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the crucial role that Community Health Centers are prepared to fulfill in extending health care coverage. It is estimated that the subsequent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will result in an additional 3.4 million Californians being insured by 2016. SFCCC is participating in local planning efforts for implementation of the ACA, and SFCCC’s partner clinics are fully committed to expanding our services to care for additional patients.
A $500 donation enables SFCCC to continue to represent the health needs of our uninsured, medically underserved, homeless, low-income, and working poor patients before elected and appointed policymakers.
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