RotaCare Bay Area, Inc.: Concord Mobile Medical Clinic Expansion Initiative
Despite the inroads made by health care reform, many adults remain uninsured and struggle to access any health care services at all. These individuals typically are in poorer health than their insured counterparts, often struggling with multiple, chronic conditions that degrade their mental and physical health and quality of life.
To address this health concern in central Contra Costa County, in 2014 the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund (CHF) awarded a $50,000, 12-month grant to RotaCare Bay Area to expand its Concord Mobile Medical Clinic’s operating schedule and establish a formal partnership with the Monument Crisis Center. The two components will enable RotaCare Bay Area (RBA) to improve the health of medically uninsured adults in Concord by providing free urgent and chronic medical care to an additional 375 uninsured adults – and enhance the agency’s ability to screen, treat and educate diabetic and hypertensive patients.
To achieve those goals:
- The RBA clinic schedule will expand from its current Concord clinic schedule – which includes Cambridge Elementary School and the Salvation Army on Clayton Road – by adding two nights per month at the Monument Crisis Center (MCC) on Market Street.
- RBA will screen, treat and offer diabetic education to 40 new diabetic and hypertensive patients per month.
- RBA volunteer nurses will work in partnership with MCC “Senior Moments” program staff on Fridays to identify untreated hypertensive patients and offer treatments at the RBA clinic.
- MCC will offer health and wellness support services to RBA diabetic and hypertensive patients, including exercise, healthy cooking and weight loss classes.
- RBA volunteers will train MCC staff to schedule clinic appointments.
- MCC Certified Application Assistants will screen for eligibility and assist patients with MediCal enrollment.