Charlyn and I just returned from the National Free & Charitable Clinic Symposium in Orlando, Florida where we were asked to speak about our successful patient outcomes this year. It has been a great year of growth and innovation in addressing emerging needs, improving patients’ wellbeing, and assisting WFC high school interns, of all economic levels, reach their dream of college admission. Below are some of the highlights. Please visit our website at www.westminsterclinic.org to see photos, videos and details of all we have been doing thanks to your ongoing support and belief in what we do at Westminster Free Clinic & Community Care Center. You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram to get weekly updates.
1) Over 8000 people received free healthcare services. We also provided over 100 families with free fruits and veggies on a weekly basis. Donated clothes, 500 back packs with school supplies, and other non-medical services were also provided to support the economic and socio-emotional health of our patient families.
2) Our SALUD interns have started a Healthy Hearts Kids Club! It is a big success and includes evaluation to ensure that children 2-10 have fun and learn heart healthy messages. Now, both the parents and their children are learning through the Corazones Sanos (Healthy Hearts) program. In 2017, we plan to add homework assistance to support the children’s academic needs.
3) Other areas of growth this year include expanding services in vision and dental care, two significant unmet needs in our community. Our ophthalmology services now include cataract screening and surgery, as well as glaucoma screening and medication, to help our older patients. These new services complement our existing free glasses, eye exams and diabetic retinopathy screenings provided by community partners. Dental services this year expanded to offer 187 of our patients access to fillings, cleanings, root canals for abscesses, and dentures, thanks to a partnership with CDA Cares. Seven local dentists provided free dental assessments. Our dental services continue to expand and we are currently seeking more volunteer dental professionals and funding.
Inside this issue you will see more of what your money, time, and talent make possible. Come by Westminster Clinic any time to be inspired and see the difference you make! You can also follow us on Twitter (@WestminsterCCC), Instagram (westminsterclinic), Facebook and LinkedIn (Westminster Free Clinic).
Lisa Safaeinili, MPH
Dear Friends and Supporters:
It has been another great year of growth, innovation and service to those in our community whose family income averages $25,000 a year.
It is amazing what we have been able to do as an organization that is 99% volunteer, and where 94% of donations go back to direct service. We thank all of you who help make that possible!
Some of the highlights of this year’s accomplishments include:
1) Starting a new Corazones Sanos (Healthy Hearts) Program for children and adults at risk for heart disease. Thanks to a new grant from Astra Zeneca’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health Foundation, and matching grants from Kaiser Permanente and others, we are seeing successful outcomes with decreased weight, improved lab results and healthy lifestyle changes. Over 200 patients are being tracked, and over 500 people are reached by this program.
2) Our bilingual S.A.L.U.D. (Student Advocates Leading Uplifting Decisions) group is making it good business sense for 7 Latino markets in 4 cities in East Ventura County to partner with Westminster Clinic and offer healthy foods good for diabetics, people at risk for heart disease and people struggling with obesity. SALUD also helps with weekly nutrition education, fresh fruit and veggie distribution at Westminster Clinic, they have their own newsletter for patients, hosted a free Zumbathon February, 2015 that included local dignitaries, and have many other projects underway.
3) 84 high school students in our Health Careers Pathway Program (44 will be first generation college students), over 100 volunteer medical professionals, and over 200 non-medical volunteers serve our families regularly with health supporting services and medical care. It is a very successful intergenerational model of care by volunteers.
4) In the past twelve months, WFC served over 7000 people, gave out over 500 backpacks with school supplies, provided fluoride dental varnish to over 160 children, vaccinated over 500 people, offered free Zumba and yoga classes to more than 100 different people and provided free fruits and veggies to over 350 different families in addition to the weekly medical care, mental health services and health education provided.
5) To know us better and see what WFC is doing, we have a new clinic video you can find by typing in Westminster Free Clinic 2015 in YouTube, or viewing it on our new website at www.westminsterclinic.org We invite you to be inspired and see for yourself what your support and investment is doing.
Thank you for believing in the work we do. It is only possible because of you!
Lisa Safaeinili, MPH