Community clinics allow the rural and underserving population to gain access to essential health services. They are community-based, public, or non-profit organizations that offer harmonized comprehensive primary care services. The demography around these clinics are patients with low income, who face a language barrier, are underinsured or uninsured, homeless, Nation’s veterans, the residence of poor housing, agricultural workers, or lack a means of transportation. A whole health clinic focuses on promoting health, preventing and managing diseases to improve the locals' health and well-being and relieve the pressure on the health care system.
Aims of community clinics
- Encouraging the individuals to take active participation in their health care
- Encouraging Individuals and the community to actively participate in the clinics' activities such as planning, volunteer work, and fundraising.
- To provide coordinated whole health treatment by working with other primary care providers.
- Assist in the prevention of lifestyle diseases and conditions
- Linking with whole health doctor, providers, and health agencies to fill service gaps
- Providing high-quality preventive care and comprehensive primary care to patients regardless of their financial status.
- Offering supportive services such as language translation, health education, and transportation.
- Developing and offering holistic treatment service that acts in response to the unique needs of various underserved communities.
Services offered by community clinics.
The health needs of individuals, families, and community living in the area determine the services available. The funding in most of these clinics allows for flexibility in service delivery, enabling them to develop models of care to meet the community's needs. These services include:
- Health promotion activities
- Nursing and medical services
- Counseling and support
- Dental health
- Whole health hospital healthcare clinic
- Allied health includes dietetics, physiotherapy, podiatry, exercise physiology, audiology, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.
Additional services include
- Maternal and child health services
- Outreach services
- Rehabilitation programs
- Disability services
- Alcohol drug problem
- Aged care services
- Mental health program
- Reducing ethnic and racial health disparities.
The basic standards for a clinic:
- They must be situated in communities with high needs. For example, the area should have a high percentage of residents living in poverty, lack adequate access to primary care physicians, experience more than the average infant mortality rates, and a high percentage of the elderly.
- Must provide comprehensive health care services. They must offer a range of services to support the delivery of ongoing affordable care.
- Offer health care to all regardless of financial status. These clinics must provide health services for everyone, with fees based on a standard sliding schedule to adjust according to income.
- Be governed by a community board. The board must comprise the majority-people who come from the community- and have the authority to oversee the center’s operations. For example, they will approve budgets, establish general policies, and hire and fire chief executives.
- Must meet the requirements regarding clinical, administrative, and financial operations.
The community clinics are consumer-driven. They serve the community's unique needs and do all the best in assisting them to overcome obstacles to top-quality healthcare. They make healthcare adequate, accessible, and affordable. They serve patients irrespective of their ability to pay. They increase access to health care by providing integrated care services distinctive to the community they serve.
Please call Saban Community Clinic at 323-653-1990 to learn more about our clinic or services.Community Clinic