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 2014, the two clinics accommodated more than 6,300 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 Western University College of Optometry. 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 2014, the Medical Clinic celebrated three graduations of classes of patients that will complete a five month 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 16,800 hours during 2014. 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:

Alzheimer's AssociationKaplan CollegeProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center
American Diabetes AssociationLA County Department of Health Services: OVMCProvidence St. Parish Nurses
Anderson Career CollegeLA County Department of Public Health, Nutrition ProgramSan Fernando Valley Optometric Society
California Dept of Public Health Champions for ChangeLA County Department of Public Social Services: GAINSHP-PEP -Student Health Professional Pre-Entry Program
California State University Los Angeles School of NursingLA County Health DepartmentSouthside Coalition of Community Health Centers
California State University NorthridgeLatino Diabetes AssociationTemple Ahavat Shalom
Center for the Partially BlindLions ClubsUCLA Dept of Internal Medicine Community Health Program
Cesar Chavez Committee: Annual Festival & MarchMission Community Hospital: Project AltoUCLA Dept of Nephrology SPRINT Study
College of the Canyons School of NursingMt St. Mary's: School of NursingUCLA School of Nursing " Heart Stitches""
Community Clinic Association of LA CountyNational Kidney FoundationUSC School of Pharmacy Fraternity
Community Clinic VoiceNational University School of health and Human ServicesValley Care/ Olive View Hospital
CSNAPNetwork for a Healthy California- LA RegionValley College of Medical Careers
Direct ReliefNEVHCValley Community Clinic
El NidoNorthridge HospitalVCCC
Everest CollegeOccidental CollegeVision y Compromiso
Friends of the FamilyPacoima BeautifulWest Coast Universtiy School of Nursing
Homeless Health Care L.A.Pals for HealthWestern University School of Optometry
Kaiser PermanentePartners in CareWorksource California: TSE Program
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Health Education DeptPlatt CollegeYouth Policy Institute
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Residency ProgramProvidence Holy Cross Medical Center