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
Great News! Westminster Free Clinic was named the 2014 Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. It is a big honor and more than 40 of our volunteers, donors, and staff were present to accept the award at the Chamber’s Spirit of Community event.
Many thanks to all of our community supporters, the volunteers, the business community, the service clubs, the individual donors, the foundations, the corporations, the many clinic partners, and the medical community. This is an award we share together!
Other recent accomplishments this year include:
1) All 32 high school Seniors who graduated from our Teen Internship Program last Spring are enrolled at a college or university this Fall 2015. Half will be first generation college students.
2) Westminster Free Clinic’s 80 high school interns were honored and thanked by the County Board of Supervisors on June 17th, 2014 for their service to the community and for helping improve access to health care in Ventura County.
3) With the help of Kanchana Allan, a Masters in Public Health Intern, WFC started a new weight loss program called Leaders of Change. It was a great success and thanks to the funds she spearheaded raising, we will be able to offer the program again. The program recognizes participants as “Leaders of Change” who can help others in their community lose weight as they strive to lose weight themselves. The very first class had over 30 program graduates.
4) WFC expanded its community partnerships this year. Calfresh, Foodshare, Kaiser Permanente, Panera Bakery, The National Charity League, the National Assistance League, local Conejo Valley Rotary Clubs, local restaurants, and many others, worked with WFC to feed, clothe, provide school supplies to children and support the whole health of local families by offering comprehensive supportive services at the Clinic.
Thank you for helping us continue to achieve our mission and for helping us earn the “Non-Profit of the Year” award. Together we do great things!
Lisa Safaeinili, M.P.H.