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,
Welcome to our fall edition of Westminster Free Clinic’s newsletter. Megan Aguilera, a Junior at Stanford University and past graduate of our student intern program, is the editor of this publication. She interned at our clinic for 3 years while in high school and is now pursuing a career in healthcare. Megan has been a huge help to the clinic this summer giving presentations, creating reports, and assisting with the administrative side of clinic operation. Megan has been paid through a special program Stanford offers. We will miss her when she returns to school. Fortunately, her brothers and cousin are now interns at WFC. We have accomplished a lot in the past six months. Including: 1) Being asked to share WFC’s Teen Intern Training model at a California Wellness Foundation conference in San Francisco in June. Being invited to speak at the National Free Clinic Conference this October in Texas. 2) Recruiting six new doctors and nurse practitioners to volunteer at the clinic. 3) Selecting and training 54 new interns to join our returning students making a total intern class of 80 with 42 of them being bi-lingual in Spanish and English. 4) Offering SAT classes through our volunteer Dr. Mah, so our student interns that cannot afford expensive prep classes have a chance to compete on equal ground. Joan Stern, a college, career and scholarship counselor, also assists our high school student interns by helping them with their applications. 5) Saving the lives of seniors who try to put off healthcare until they receive Medicare at 65. One of the life or death stories is in this issue. 6) Having a team of over 255 volunteers make WFC and its services possible. 7) Completing our transition to Electronic Medical Records (funded by an individual donor), which allows us to operate 22-25 laptops at one time so we can serve 100 patients each clinic night. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support which is changing the lives and futures of our patients, their families and of all our high school interns who partner with us to deliver healthcare. Most Appreciatively, Lisa Safaeinili, MPH, Executive Director