Since early 2016, the Community Health Fund (CHF) has been exploring opportunities to help address the health and wellness needs of underserved veterans residing in Far Eastern Contra Costa County (Brentwood, Oakley, Knightsen, Bethel Island, and Discovery Bay). A series of meetings with groups serving veterans throughout the County revealed that military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and homelessness are the top issues for vets in the region. In addition, transportation to the Martinez VA Clinic is a challenge, as are the barriers to applying for, qualifying for, and receiving VA benefits.
Thus, in March 2018 – after confirming mutual interest from both parties – the CHF gave La Clínica de La Raza and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10789 (VFW) a discretionary grant of $34,650 to develop a business plan, a process that the firm Emerald HPC International facilitated. Confident that the plan they developed was promising, in July 2018 the CHF awarded $214,221 to La Clínica and $6,523 to the VFW to implement the first year, which will provide outreach, education and connections to community resources to increase access to quality integrated health care services for the area’s underserved veterans. The VFW and La Clínica will jointly coordinate the services, which La Clínica will deliver at its Contra Costa health centers. In year one:
Year one expected outcomes include: