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.
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.
Medical Clinic Partners
The Medical Clinic is grateful for the assistance of its lead partners Access to Care Collaborative, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Residency Program, Northridge Hospital Residency Program, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, as well as that of the following organizations:
|Alzheimer's Association||Kaplan College||Providence St. Joseph Medical Center|
|American Diabetes Association||LA County Department of Health Services: OVMC||Providence St. Parish Nurses|
|Anderson Career College||LA County Department of Public Health, Nutrition Program||San Fernando Valley Optometric Society|
|California Dept of Public Health Champions for Change||LA County Department of Public Social Services: GAIN||SHP-PEP -Student Health Professional Pre-Entry Program|
|California State University Los Angeles School of Nursing||LA County Health Department||Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers|
|California State University Northridge||Latino Diabetes Association||Temple Ahavat Shalom|
|Center for the Partially Blind||Lions Clubs||UCLA Dept of Internal Medicine Community Health Program|
|Cesar Chavez Committee: Annual Festival & March||Mission Community Hospital: Project Alto||UCLA Dept of Nephrology SPRINT Study|
|College of the Canyons School of Nursing||Mt St. Mary's: School of Nursing||UCLA School of Nursing " Heart Stitches""|
|Community Clinic Association of LA County||National Kidney Foundation||USC School of Pharmacy Fraternity|
|Community Clinic Voice||National University School of health and Human Services||Valley Care/ Olive View Hospital|
|CSNAP||Network for a Healthy California- LA Region||Valley College of Medical Careers|
|Direct Relief||NEVHC||Valley Community Clinic|
|El Nido||Northridge Hospital||VCCC|
|Everest College||Occidental College||Vision y Compromiso|
|Friends of the Family||Pacoima Beautiful||West Coast Universtiy School of Nursing|
|Homeless Health Care L.A.||Pals for Health||Western University School of Optometry|
|Kaiser Permanente||Partners in Care||Worksource California: TSE Program|
|Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Health Education Dept||Platt College||Youth Policy Institute|
|Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Residency Program||Providence Holy Cross Medical Center|