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$2 million in Volunteer Services!
Clinic by the Bay is truly a volunteer-powered Clinic. Our dedicated volunteers have provided us with over 48,000 hours of service valued at $2 million.
In our annual survey, a volunteer reported that “It’s a pleasure working around such compassionate, dedicated individuals. Both the staff and the volunteers do a great job, which ultimately translates into better care for the patients that we serve.”
To learn more about volunteering at Clinic by the Bay, please go to our volunteer page.
Clinic by the Bay is Still Needed
While the Affordable Care Act expands health insurance coverage for more Americans, Clinic by the Bay is needed. Thousands of our working uninsured neighbors remain uninsured due to misinformation, high cost of coverage, and immigrant status.
Clinic by the Bay offers an innovative and proven solution to the health care crisis. By providing free access to quality care, Clinic by the Bay has a direct and positive impact on our patients’ ability to continue to work, attend school, and improve and sustain their overall quality of life and economic status. We engage retired medical providers to provide free, high quality care to those who continue to slip through the cracks of our health care system in order to increase the safety net capacity for primary care.
To this end, Clinic by the Bay is now a US Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) provider. With this certification, we can now offer the Civil Surgeon exams required for the immigration process. Our plan continues to be to grow incrementally, expanding our Clinic hours and services in order to meet the needs of our working uninsured neighbors.
"Clinic by the Bay gives you their heart."
Mary is a retired mother of two daughters in San Francisco. She was uninsured, and concerned about her overall health, when she heard about Clinic by the Bay from her roommate.
Prior to becoming a patient with us, Mary hadn’t seen a doctor in almost 15 years. Since then, she has received primary care, labs, prescription assistance, and health coaching services to meet her health needs.
With assistance from the health coach, Mary was able to apply and be approved for MediCal and Medicare. The Clinic by the Bay care team worked with her for over a year to help her access these benefits; with home visits and application assistance, the health coach successfully enrolled her within in four months.
Mary wanted to share that “If someone comes in, Clinic by the Bay gives you their heart. Everyone has the passion and patience to help.”
“We are helping people who really need help.”
Our volunteer Karen Spradling, a California native, moved to San Francisco from the west San Fernando Valley in 2009. After a career in business administration in healthcare at the University of Oregon, she moved to San Francisco and retired. Looking for meaningful things to do with her newfound free time, she found Clinic by the Bay on Coming of Age. With her background in healthcare administration, she wanted to help.
As our the first ever eligibility screener, Karen signed up the very first patient ever to receive care Clinic by the Bay in 2010, and continued to volunteer until she moved to Oregon in 2015. When asked what compelled her to stay as long as she has, Karen cited her commitment to Clinic by the Bay’s mission, as well as the “volunteers and staff; I feel like I have real friends there.”
She added that “the work is very rewarding from a number of standpoints, we are helping people who really need help, and are working with really wonderful people.”
Donor Profile: Vesper Society
We gratefully acknowledge the Vesper Society for their continued support of our Chronic Disease Management Program. With their generous support, we are able to promote wellness and positive health habits for our patients living with chronic diseases.
Miyoko Oshima, Vesper Society’s President, explains “Clinic by the Bay is a vital safety net that catches Bay Area residents who fall through the cracks of the Affordable Care Act and nurtures them to greater health. We are grateful to have such caring providers in our community.”
Health Coaching Update
Health Coaching is rarely implemented in primary care settings, particularly in clinics that provide free services to the low-income working uninsured. Our 2015 pilot program showed promising results: A patient had been unsuccessful in managing his high blood pressure due to difficulties losing weight. Ongoing communication from the Health Coach enabled him control his weight and lower his blood pressure within 6 months.
Clinic by the Bay's trained health coaches focus on those patients with the highest needs. It is highly individualized; each patient referred to Health Coaching by the Clinic’s medical team will have a specific goal on which to focus during health coaching sessions and services.
We are confident that an expansion of Clinic By The Bay’s Health Coaching service will improve our patients’ wellness and build trust with the Clinic and our partnering specialists, ensuring greater access to high quality care and leading to better health outcomes and more robust and active engagement in treatment.
Thank you to all of our supporters!
Clinic by the Bay is a locally funded effort to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors who do not have regular access to medical care. Clinic programs and services are made possible in part by: Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Cal Insurance & Associates, The California Wellness Foundation, The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation, Cisco Foundation, Clif Bar Family Foundation, William G. Gilmore Foundation, Give Something Back Office Supplies, Kaiser Permanente, Malcolm Drilling Company, Inc., McKesson Foundation, Metta Fund, Pfizer, Inc., Recology Sunset Scavenger, The Sadie Meyer and Louis Cohn Foundation, The Safeway Foundation, Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, Town of Colma, The Turek Clinic, Vesper Society, Walgreens Foundation, The Del E. Webb Foundation