When we launched this program, we assessed the health issues of our clients and the community. We found that 13% of children and 44% of adults using the Center’s services were uninsured. We also learned that the top five needs were dental care, medical exams, diabetes care, eye glasses and weight management.
If you are in need of help, please contact the center or call us at 626-358-3486 to find out how to participate.
Today, Foothill Unity Center Health Services helps in four key areas:
Onsite Medical Outreach Clinic: Foothill Unity Center works with the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) to provide health care and dental services to homeless and uninsured adult clients. Once a week, Dr. Paul Gailiunas and a medical assistant from ChapCare come to the Monrovia Center to help them with their medical needs. The doctor is able to perform physical exams, order lab tests and x-rays, schedule dental appointments at the CHAP Clinic and make other vital referrals for the Center’s homeless and uninsured clients. An outreach worker from ChapCare can register qualified uninsured adults ages 19-64 for Healthy Way LA.
Child Health Connections: This program takes a collaborative approach to providing health care to client children inspired by the Pasadena Young and Healthy model. It recruits medical, dental, optometric and mental health providers–who agree to see a designated number of children at no cost. Both Methodist Hospital and Pasadena Urgent Care Center donate a limited number of laboratory, radiology and emergency services.
Children accepted for referral are identified as having unmet health care needs. Once a child is registered and information is gathered, the program matches him or her with a health care professional in the collaborative. When the immediate health issue has been addressed, parents are invited to meet with a certified application assistant to register their child for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, or other low-cost health insurance coverage for which they qualify.
Health Screenings & Education: We have arranged with other health care professionals to conduct blood pressure checks and health education classes on diabetes and nutrition at both our Monrovia and Pasadena sites.
Insurance information: We help families with uninsured children learn more about Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and other low-cost insurance programs for which they qualify.
In 2012, Foothill Unity Center’s Health Services Program provided:
• 203 child dental screenings (96 children had severe dental needs and received full care in partnership with the USC School of Dentistry)
• 212 child vision screenings (55 children and 29 adults received full eye exams and glasses)
• 281 medical exams to homeless and uninsured clients
• 179 flu shots, 73 diabetes and blood pressure screenings
• 142 referrals to smoking cessation programs