Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? Put down the coffee cup. Pick up the tennis racket. Get more sleep!
Here at the Clinic, we’re ready to make an important resolution for 2014. This year, we will continue providing excellent, affordable women’s health care . . . while expanding our services to become a medical home for the women who rely on us.
We will continue to provide compassionate and culturally inclusive sexual and reproductive health care– services like birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing and counseling, general gynecological care, and integrated mental health counseling. And soon, women will also be able to visit the Clinic for primary care services like cold and flu care, treatment for chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, vaccines, and a variety of other health concerns.
A 2012 needs assessment found 1 in 4 of our clients residing in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood listed the emergency room as their primary source of health care. Only 6-9% of survey respondents had received preventive health services in the past year. Every day, women tell us they wish they could receive all their health care in the respectful, client-centered environment they’ve come to trust here at the Clinic.
We are thrilled to able to respond to these community needs by beginning to offer primary care services. The Affordable Care Act is a wonderful first step toward ensuring that more Bay Area women have access to health insurance—but they also need access to health providers and quality, comprehensive care. That’s where we come in. The Clinic knows that each client is a whole person with a variety of health needs, and we can’t wait to become a medical home women can count on to meet even more of these needs.
And while we resolve to make this important change to offer better health care to more women, some things will stay the same. The Clinic will never turn anyone away due to inability to pay. We will continue to be here for the women in our community, whether they are insured or uninsured, citizens or not, homeless or not. As we evolve to meet the changing needs of our community and respond to the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act, we will continue to focus on providing excellent, culturally inclusive health care, by the community, for the community.
Stay tuned for more information on the exciting developments as we begin to roll out our new primary care services in 2014.