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Clinic by the Bay

Clinic by the Bay

Vesper Society knows that improving the health of individuals improves the well-being of a community. So when Clinic by the Bay sought to add chronic disease services to their offerings in 2013, Vesper supported the effort. Clinic by the Bay’s mission is to understand and serve, with dignity and respect, the health and wellness needs of working uninsured adults. Every aspect of care at Clinic by the Bay is provided by dedicated volunteers with the support of a small team of staff who oversee clinic operations. The clinic, which does not receive government funding and does not accept insurance, is 100% supported by private foundations, business and individual gifts, plus in-kind contributions of professional services and supplies. With a ‘Culture of Caring,’ patient appointments are 45 minutes, allowing more time to develop relationships with providers. Each new patient visit includes integrated medical, mental health, and dental screenings—a truly innovative approach for a community clinic setting. After the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in California, Clinic by the Bay had room for more patients and was able to expand its service area to include all of San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. In 2018, Vesper Society began supporting Clinic by the Bay’s behavioral health screening and access program which aims to significantly expand the number of patients who receive behavioral health screening and trauma-informed counseling. Funding also supports efforts to conduct outreach in the community to other providers and to schools in the area who will partner with Clinic to provide internship opportunities to counselors in training. Like Vesper Society, Clinic by the Bay believes in the inherent worthiness and dignity of each person and is committed to showing kindness, respect, and patience in their approach. Together, Vesper Society and Clinic by the Bay... Read More

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo

In the rural desert of southeast California’s Imperial County, one in five children are affected by asthma—a percentage higher than the national average. Thankfully, the community is home to Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo. Clinicas’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of Imperial and East Riverside counties by providing direct access to affordable, comprehensive, quality primary and preventive health care for high-risk and underserved residents, all in a manner consistent with their dignity and identity. Recognizing a community need, Vesper Society supported Clinicas in starting a comprehensive pediatric asthma program that includes asthma education, environmental assessments and remediation, chronic care coordination, and home visits by Community Health Workers or “Promotoras.” Vesper’s funding support allowed Clinicas to continue their important work improving the health and well-being of Imperial and East Riverside Counties and enabled them to tackle the very important issue of pediatric asthma in the community.  Click here to read a summary of the Respira Sano Asthma Toolkit they developed and that is available for distribution. In August 2015, with Vesper’s support, Clinicas is developing telemedicine services, especially as part of their new integrated behavioral health... Read More

California Lutheran University Interns

California Lutheran University Interns

California Lutheran University (CLU) educates leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.  Vesper Society knows that communities and institutions can be transformed when people are approached with respect, hope, passion, and inspiration. CLU’s Interfaith Allies presented an opportunity for Vesper Society to create the CLU intern program in memory of Vesper’s co-founder Bob Cummings who served on the CLU Board of Regents.  Vesper’s support made it possible for five students and three faculty members from CLU’s Interfaith Allies to attend Interfaith Youth Core Leadership Institutes in 2012.  Since then, the program has blossomed. Interfaith Allies values pluralism, tackles stereotypes, supports faith formation, and develops interfaith competencies for leadership.  Service learning, internships, off-campus study, and experiential education provide students with opportunities to build civic leadership skills. Joining other universities in Water to Thrive’s push to spread awareness about the global water crisis, CLU’s water-wise campaign culminated with a weeklong challenge for students to track their water usage and consumption.  Participants only drank tap water and donated the money they would have spent on other beverages to build a well in Ethiopia. By linking arms with student and faculty leaders at California Lutheran University, Vesper Society is part of a growing network that helps facilitate change to establish long-term solutions for overlooked communities all over the world.  Visit CLU Interfaith Allies’ Facebook page... Read More

Connecting to Care Telehealth Services

Connecting to Care Telehealth Services

In 2011, the Health Resources and Services Administration stated that, compared to urban and suburban Americans, rural Americans with behavioral health disorders are significantly less likely to receive any type of treatment for their behavioral health due to lack of resources. And, in an era of increased poverty levels, travel costs are an even greater barrier to rural residents receiving specialty services not locally available. Connecting to Care (CtoC) provides charitable health services using innovative technology to connect underserved populations to care and promotes the health and well-being of individuals regardless of their economic status. Medical providers in a number of rural sites in Northern California reported that telepsychiatry and telebehavioral health programs were unavailable or unaffordable. With support from Vesper Society, these programs are now operational in eleven clinics in Plumas, El Dorado, Modoc, Nevada, and Shasta Counties. CtoC has provided over 1,000 telebehavioral health visits to rural partner sites since the program’s inception. Connecting to Care, located in Grass Valley and Redding, California, also provides remote specialty bi-lingual physician-level adult/child psychiatric care and the services of licensed clinical psychologists, nurse practitioners, and licensed clinical social workers. They conduct programs on-site in their Redding office as well as remotely in rural health clinic sites. Vesper Society knows that rural areas need more attention. Connecting to Care’s Telebehavioral Health Services Program has clearly created long-term solutions that improve the health and well-being of the medically underserved, rural, and frontier Northern California... Read More

John Muir Community Health Alliance – Mobile Dental Clinic

John Muir Community Health Alliance – Mobile Dental Clinic

Contra Costa was in dire need of dental services for underserved and low-income communities. In response to that need, The Dental Collaborative of Contra Costa’s Mobile Dental Clinic program has been providing free dental services for the region’s youth since 2004. With Vesper Society’s support, the Mobile Dental Clinic has provided 11,041 dental visits to 5,086 children. Additionally, over 47,000 children received oral health assessments in schools and community sites and over 25,000 received fluoride applications. Of the children the program serves in Contra Costa County, only 17 percent have insurance. The Dental Collaborative of Contra Costa County is comprised of Contra Costa County Health Services, John Muir Community Health Alliance, Brookside Community Health Center, La Clínica de la Raza, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area in California. As the program celebrates ten years of service to the community, their 2014 focus is to provide dental services directly at school sites in West Contra Costa County, allowing children to miss less school while receiving dental care. Vesper Society supported the Dental Collaborative’s mission to provide access to high quality dental services, to improve health outcomes, and to link patients to a dental and medical home for ongoing... Read More

First United Methodist Church Garden Project

First United Methodist Church Garden Project

With an unemployment rate of 21 percent, food insecurity is very high in California’s Imperial Valley. In fact, one in three of the county’s 150,000 residents don’t know where their next meal will come from and half of the region’s children suffer from food insecurity. Ironically, this lack of regular, healthy nutrition has led to very high rates of obesity among children, because what is most readily available to them is highly-processed and cheap, fast food. With support from Vesper Society, Harding Elementary School started The Garden Project as a collaborative effort of the El Centro Elementary School District and Harding School, First United Methodist Church, El Centro, and the El Centro Rotary Club. Starting in September 2014, the entire Harding Elementary School student body took responsibility for planting, composting, weeding, and watering the garden. Led by Rev. Dr. Ron Griffin from First United Methodist Church and El Centro Rotary, the project is a fantastic collaborative effort by the students and teaches the importance of healthy nutrition. The beauty of this project is that the whole community can become involved. From local farmers to the UC Cooperative Extension, Vesper Society’s support helped plant the seeds of leadership for healthy... Read More

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