Medical and Eye Care Clinics

MEDICAL AND EYE CARE SERVICES

Through MEND’s Medical and Eye Care Clinics, volunteer health professionals serve low-income patients who have no health insurance and are not entitled to Medicare or Medical benefits.  In 2013, the two clinics accommodated more than 6,200 patient visits.

MEND’s Medical Clinic is the only free clinic in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

It provides basic ambulatory, hypertension, diabetic, vision, women’s, acupuncture and chiropractic care to adults. Vision services are also provided to children. When more specialized services are needed, the patients are given referrals to appropriate nearby facilities.

The Eye Care Clinic is a collaboration between MEND, the Lions Club and the San Fernando Valley Optometric Society. It provides eye exams, glaucoma testing and prescription glasses free of charge to all patients.

Holistic Approach

The Medical Clinic provides health education and exercise classes, including specialty clinics for diabetes, hypertension, women’s health and healthy aging; and recently launched Project LIFE, a combination of one-on-one peer health education services, workshops, a universal health education library and other outreach activities for clients and volunteers. In addition, our volunteer health professionals can refer their medical patients for priority treatment in MEND’s eye care and dental clinics, and to mental health counselors who have office hours at MEND several days each week.

Pathways to Self-Reliance

In the year 2013, the Medical Clinic plans to celebrate three graduations of classes of patients that will complete a five week course on diabetic health education. The classes teach healthy eating and diabetic health management through diet and exercise, and emphasize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetic health complications in the future.

Powered By Volunteers

Volunteers in the Medical Clinic and Eye Care Clinic contributed over 15,400 hours during 2013. Internal Medicine residents from Kaiser Permanente and Northridge Medical Center do monthly rotations at the clinic;  numerous other doctors, optometrists, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists donate several hours of their time and skills each month.

Interested in volunteering? Download the Volunteer Opportunities Brochure for the Medical Clinic or the Vision  Clinic.

Medical Clinic Partners

The Medical Clinic is grateful for the assistance of its lead partners Access to Care CollaborativeKaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Residency ProgramNorthridge Hospital Residency Program, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, as well as that of the following organizations:

Access to Care CollaborativeKaiser PermanentePals for Health
Alzheimer's AssociationKaiser Permanente Panorama City: Health Education Dept.Partners in Care Foundation
American Diabetes AssociationKaplan CollegePlatt College
Anderson Career CollegeKMARS Optical LabProvidence Holy Cross Medical Center
Cal State L.A. School of NursingLA County Health DepartmentProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center
Center for the Partially BlindLatino Diabetes AssociationSan Fernando Valley Optometric Society
Cesar Chavez Committee-Cesar Chavez March/FairLions ClubsSHP-PEP -Student Health Professional Pre-Entry Program
College of the Canyons RN ProgramMenora PharmacySouthside Coalition of Community Health Centers
Community Clinic Association of LA CountyMission Community Hospital- Project AltoUCLA Dept of Internal Medicine: Community Health Program
Community Clinic VoiceMt. St. Mary's School of NursingUCLA School for Nephrology-SPRINT Study
CSNAPNational Kidney FoundationUCLA School of Nursing “Heart Stitches"
CSUNNetwork for a Healthy California-Champions for Change Latino CampaignUSC School of Pharmacy Fraternity
CSUN BSN ProgramNEVHCValley Care/ Olive View Hospital
Direct ReliefNorthridge Hospital -Navigator ProgramValley Community Clinic
El NidoOccidental CollegeVCCC
Everest CollegeOlive View-UCLA MED CTR-Chagas DiseaseWestern Univertity-School of Optometry
Homeless Health Care L.A.Pacoima BeautifulYouth Policy Institute