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Welcome to Family Health Centers of San Diego’s “Community Connection” Archives!
This monthly e-blast highlights important updates on organizational news, health topics, announcements and more. Sign-up today to receive this in your inbox! 

ISSUE #12: October 2016

Join Us for the Lemon Grove Kids’ Autumn Health Fair!


Family fun awaits you at the 3rd annual Lemon Grove Kids’ Autumn Health Fair! This event includes pumpkin decorating, face painting, a bounce house, balloon animals and Zumba classes for the whole family. There will also be opportunity drawings and giveaways, including a chance to win a children’s bicycle and helmet! Health care staff will provide flu vaccines, child physicals, teeth assessments, pregnancy testing and prenatal information. View for more information.

Saturday, October 22,2016
9:00am – 12:00pm
Lemon Grove Family Health Center
7592 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Final Mammogram Event of 2016


Family Health Centers of San Diego is offering its final no-cost mammogram event of 2016 on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at our Grossmont Spring Valley clinic.

This event is from 8:00am – 12:00pm and is for women who are uninsured or under-insured. For more details, check our event page on

In Recognition of World Mental Health Day

Smiling patient standing and telling her problems during therapy group session

This year’s World Mental Health Day campaign launch focuses on eliminating the stereotypes and stigma that often accompany the topic of mental health. One of the best ways to eliminate the stigma is to seek out support for yourself, or your loved ones.

Read our latest FamilyHealth Online blog on this issue, or you can reach our mental health department, at (619) 515-2338.

Have a great experience at FHCSD? We Want to Know!

Mother With Baby Working In Office At Home

We are looking for positive testimonials and experiences from our patients to feature in our marketing materials. If you have had a great experience and would love to share it with us, please follow this link:


ISSUE #11: September 2016

Protect Your Family. Get Immunized.

Horizontal view of male patient during injection

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! It is important to get immunized to protect yourself and your family, especially as children go back to school. Vaccines help you, your family and others in the community from getting certain diseases. By building defenses within your body, you are less likely to contribute to the spread of disease. By protecting yourself, you’re protecting others.

Read more about immunization and how to protect your family at our FamilyHealth Online blog.

Get Screened This Week!

Breast Cancer Awareness

FHCSD is partnering with the San Diego Chargers and Susan G. Komen San Diego to provide FREE mammograms for women who are uninsured or under-insured.
Wednesday, September 28,2016
8:00am – 3:00pm
Qualcomm Stadium
9449 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108

For more details, check our Facebook page and join the conversation using #BreastCancerAwareness.

Panel Sheds Light on Millennials for Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon


This month, Family Health Centers of San Diego hosted a panel of experts to discuss the Millennial generation and how it differs from past generations.

The panel fielded questions surrounding sexuality and contraceptives, the workplace, technology and relationships between parents and Millennials. The lunch hour concluded with raffle giveaways and a thank you to all guests who attended this event.

Join us for our final 30th Anniversary Spirit of the Barrio luncheon on November 18, 2016!

Saturday Hours Now Open at El Cajon Family Health Center

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To meet the growing health care needs of communities in East San Diego County, El Cajon Family Health Center has expanded full-time clinic hours to Saturday.

El Cajon Family Health Center
525 E Main St.
El Cajon, CA 92020
Monday – Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm

For more information about the services available, check our site:

Call today to meet with a dedicated provider: (619) 515-2498.


ISSUE #10: August 2016

Don’t Miss Our September Spirit of the Barrio!


Who are Millennials? And what do they want? How should you communicate with this new generation? (And what exactly IS Snapchat?)

Join us on September 16th at our #SOTB (that’s Spirit of the Barrio) luncheon to find out the answers to these questions and more as we delve deep into topics that Millennials care about most–from social media and technology to drugs, sexuality and online bullying.

Get your tickets to join the conversation! We’ll be tweeting live from the event so help us share the spirit online by using the hashtag #SOTBMillennials.

For more information, see our Spirit of the Barrio page.

Physical Rehabilitation Services Coming to Chula Vista

Physical Therapy

Family Health Centers of San Diego is proud to announce the opening of our newest Physical Rehabilitation Services location in the Chula Vista community.

Chula Vista Family Health Center
251 Landis Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm

Beginning September 8, 2016, chiropractic care and physical therapy will be added to the list of services offered at the Chula Vista clinic to ensure you receive the care you need.

Call (619) 515-2376 to schedule your appointment.

Teen Health Center is Moving

Multi ethnic teenagers posing outside school building

Attention Teen Health Center Patients! Teen Health Center is moving to a new location on Monday, August 29, 2016. The clinic’s new home will be:

Teen Health Center
1500 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

Monday – Friday, 1:30 – 5:30pm

We offer a variety of services for teens and young adults (ages 12-24). All are welcome, including Medi-Cal, Covered California, private insurance and uninsured patients.

Call (619) 515-2333 for more information.

How To Care For Your Child’s Vision

Curious toddler girl looking through magnifier, perfect for early education context

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) wants families to be aware of the impact vision has on your child’s overall health and wellness.

Vision affects child development and performance, so issues should be detected early on to prevent more severe disorders from developing.

Read more on how to care for your child’s vision here.


ISSUE #9: July 2016

FHCSD Expands at Hillcrest Family Health Center on Third Avenue


Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) has opened a new location on 3rd Avenue adjacent to Hillcrest Family Health Center to expand our comprehensive services and programs and further meet the health care needs of the diverse Hillcrest community.

Opened on July 5th, Hillcrest Family Health Center on Third Avenue houses behavioral health services, including the Concentrated Outpatient Mental Health Program, a comprehensive mental health clinic; substance abuse services, and Case Management. In the fall, FHCSD will add dental services on the third floor of the building.

If you are in need of any of these services offered at Hillcrest Family Health Center on Third Avenue, please schedule your exam by calling (619) 515-2300. Our providers and staff are available to serve you with exceptional care.

Read more about the expansion here.

FHCSD Introduces Full-Time Hours at Three Clinics


Continuing its mission of providing high-quality and affordable health care, FHCSD is expanding its services and hours.

El Cajon Family Health CenterOak Park Family Health Center and Chula Vista Family Counseling Center is now open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm.

These full-time hours create increased availability to health care within the El Cajon, Oak Park and Chula Vista communities.

Our providers are here to support you with all your health concerns. Call (619) 515-2300 to schedule your exam. For mental health services, call (619) 515-2338.

San Diego Chargers Share Community Vision in Barrio Logan

SOTB July Recap

Representatives from the San Diego Chargers took the stage at our July Spirit of the Barrio luncheon to share the latest on the Chargers Stadium Initiative Project. The audience, including Chargers supporters, community leaders, friends and sponsors, heard the newest plans and observed renderings of the proposed stadium and convention center, which would hold events year-round. For all the highlights, find us on Twitter @FamilyHealthSD.

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to this event.

Join us Friday, September 16, at Logan Heights Family Health Center for the next Spirit of the Barrio luncheon. Check our Spirit of the Barrio webpage soon for more details.

How To Beat The Heat

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While it’s always sunny in San Diego, the weather really starts to heat up in the summer months. During this time, it is natural to want to be outside soaking up the sun. With attractions like the San Diego County Fair, the San Diego Zoo, Padres games and Sea World, it’s likely that you and your family will get your share of vitamin D.

However, it’s important to take proper care as you enjoy the summer sun.

Read more on how to keep your family safe here.


ISSUE #8: June 2016

Spirit of the Barrio Bolts Up Next Month!


Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is excited to welcome the San Diego Chargers to our upcoming Spirit of the Barrio luncheon. Join us Friday, July 15 for a town hall discussion about the Stadium Initiative Project. The Chargers’ leadership will share the most current project renderings and discuss the proposal for the new stadium along with its impact on the community, specifically Barrio Logan. Lunch will be provided!

Get Your Tickets while they’re still available! We’ll be tweeting live from the event so help us share the spirit online by using the hashtag #SOTBChargersStadium!

For more information, see our Spirit of the Barrio page. Go Bolts!

FHCSD Supports Men’s Health Month

Men's health - family

As we take time this month to celebrate the fathers in our lives, we at Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) want all men to know how much we care. A part of caring for men is expressing concern for their health. Men can take precaution to safeguard against important health issues. Read more at our FamilyHealth Online blog.

Our providers are here to support you with all your health concerns. Call (619) 515-2300 to schedule your exam or check out our Men’s Services page for more information.

Take our Patient Satisfaction Survey


At Family Health Centers of San Diego, it is our mission to provide caring, affordable health care and supportive services to every patient. We are grateful that you entrust us to meet your health care needs, and we want to hear about your experience!

Please stop by our Patient Satisfaction Survey page to tell us how we’re doing. Your feedback matters!

Attention Prenatal Patients of Chase Family Health Center

pregnant women
Your next appointment may be at our new El Cajon Family Health Center! Please pay careful attention to your next reminder call as it will provide important details about the location of your next appointment.

El Cajon Family Health Center
525 E Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020

For more info, please call (619) 515-2498.


ISSUE #7: May 2016

Physical Rehabilitation Services Are Expanding This Summer!

Physical Therapy

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is excited to announce the expansion of our physical rehabilitation services. As a part of our commitment to provide affordable, high-quality care and support services to everyone, we are adding new service sites across San Diego County. Services will include chiropractic care, physical therapy and sports medicine. If you are interested, meet with a FHCSD primary care provider to determine if this treatment is appropriate for you. A referral is necessary to receive care. Medi-Cal and self-pay patients are welcome. Call (619) 515-2376 today!

Health Fair and Grand Prix Event Promotes Community


Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and the San Diego Bicycle Club partnered together again to promote health, wellness and fun! The Logan Heights Family Health Center Health Fair provided screenings, information, prizes and Zumba to connect people of all ages. Kids also raced to the finish line at this year’s 20th Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix, making this event a success.

San Diego State Aztecs Talk Sports at Spirit of The Barrio

SOTB - May 2016

The San Diego State Aztecs showed up in their red and black gear for our May Spirit of the Barrio luncheon. Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) would like to thank everyone who attended. We look forward to a great year of Aztec sports!

Join us on Friday, July 15 to hear from our San Diego Chargers! Check our Spirit of the Barrio page for more information coming soon.

A Pregnant Woman’s Guide To Healthy Eating

Couples Attending Ante Natal Class Together

The female body is quite remarkable as it endures a significant transformation over the course of 40 weeks of pregnancy. Because of the many changes that take place during this timeframe, it is important for the pregnant woman to eat a balanced diet in order to obtain all the nutrients she needs to nourish her growing baby.

Read the complete guide on our FamilyHealth Online blog.


ISSUE #6: April 2016

Now Open: Chula Vista Family Counseling Center 

As part of our commitment to expanding mental health services to communities across San Diego, we have opened a new location in Chula Vista that is dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services to individuals and families. No referral needed! Call today to meet with a mental health provider: (619) 515-2338.

El Cajon Family Health Center To Open May 2nd

Portrait Of Happy Family In Garden At Home

We are excited to announce our newest clinic, El Cajon Family Health Center, is opening in early May. This clinic will provide even greater access to primary care, prenatal and mental health services to our patients in East San Diego County.

Are you in need of health care services? Call (619) 515-2498 today. Stay tuned for information on expanded services!

Join Us for 2 Free, Fun Family Events


Join Family Health Centers of San Diego and the San Diego Bicycle Club for the 20th Annual Barrio Logan Grand Prix Kids’ Races and 16th Annual Logan Heights Family Health Center Health Fair on Saturday, May 7, 2016. These events include free health care screenings, giveaways, bike races for all age groups and more. Click here for more information.

The Importance of Honoring Commitments

Family Health Centers of San Diego CEO Fran Butler-Cohen
In this month’s CEO’s Corner column, FHCSD CEO Fran Butler-Cohen shares the noble story of a former U.S. soldier’s commitment to a promise she made to her Afghani interpreter.

“When we first learned about the mission of the No One Left Behind (NOLB) organization, it resonated with our own.” Read her entire commentary on our FamilyHealth Online blog.


ISSUE #5: March 2016

Over 500 “Healthy Heroes” Attend FHCSD Event

sherman fair
On March 19, Sherman Heights Family Health Center partnered with Sherman Heights Community Center to host a “Healthy Heroes Youth Wellness Fair.” It featured dental and vision screenings, Zumba performances, proclamations from the office of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Senator Ben Hueso and Supervisor Greg Cox, booths by 20 community partners, several raffle drawings and kids’ activities, including sack races. This first-time event was a success with over 500 people in attendance and showcased how FHCSD clinics do not just exist in the communities they serve, but become fully integrated to truly be the “neighborhood’s clinic.” To learn more about our upcoming community events, please view ourEvents Calendar.  Schedule time with a provider at a FHCSD clinic near you by calling (619) 515-2300.

Pain In Your Neck? FHCSD can help!

Woman massaging neck

FHCSD is now offering chiropractic services at its Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center location. Chiropractors are specially trained medical professionals who use a variety of treatments to alleviate back pain, neck pain or pain in the limbs or joints. Chiropractic treatments have also been found to be helpful in treating headaches, arthritic issues, jaw problems, vertigo and more. If you have Medi-Cal and are an established FHCSD patient, meet with a provider by calling (619) 515-2300 to see if a referral to chiropractic services can help you.

Volunteer With Us

Group of volunteers standing with their hands up and looking at the camera. Isolated on white background.

Whatever the motivation  behind a volunteer raising his or her hand to offer support, his or her time and energy is appreciated by nonprofit organizations every day, including FHCSD. Over the past few decades, many generous individuals have donated their time to FHCSD, helping our organization in terms of operational efficiency, cost-savings and quality of service. In 2015, we were excited to launch a volunteer program to formally organize these generous individuals and offer them even more service openings. Learn more by reading a recent entry on our FamilyHealth Online blog

Did You Schedule That Tune-Up?

Family Health Centers of San Diego CEO Fran Butler-Cohen
In this month’s CEO’s Corner column, FHCSD CEO Fran Butler-Cohen encourages the public to receive regular colorectal screenings. She notes, “Most people wouldn’t think about driving their cars without adequate tire pressure or driving past the 50,000-mile inspection point, but they ignore a simple medical procedure, done only every five to 10 years, that can literally protect their lives.” Read her entire commentary on our FamilyHealth Online blog.


ISSUE #4: February 2016

Love Yourself, Protect Yourself and Know Your Status
Did you know 1 in 10 teenagers have been physically, mentally or emotionally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year? Read our recent FamilyHealth Online blog entry to learn prevention tips. As part of this movement to encourage youth to “Love Yourself, Protect Yourself,” FamilyHealth at City College hosted a one-day #KnowYourStatus event providing HIV testing, counseling and health information to over 30 individuals. If you missed the event, you can still receive testing at most FHCSD clinics. Call (619) 515-2300 to schedule a screening today!

Blood Pressure Screenings Prove Successful 

Almost 400 people checked their heart health and blood pressure as part of a one-day Love Your Heart event held in collaboration with Live Well San Diego. Participants from communities across San Diego, including FHCSD employees, also received information on how to keep their heart healthy, goodie bags, delicious snacks and more. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Creating Healthy Smiles for Kids

On Saturday, February 27, Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center hosted a FREE dental event for kids 1-18 years old, providing sealants, fluoride varnish, health assessments for kindergarteners and goodie bags. Walk-ins were welcome, but appointments were given a priority. Call (619) 692-8858 if you have questions about the next event!

Mental Health Care in Our Communities … It’s Not Enough

Family Health Centers of San Diego CEO Fran Butler-Cohen
In this month’s CEO’s Corner column, FHCSD CEO Fran Butler-Cohen focuses on the connection between the mental health and substance use crises, noting that “concerns over the lack of treatment availability for mental health problems cannot be ignored.” Read her entire commentary on our FamilyHealth Online blog.


ISSUE #3: January 2016

Oak Park Family Health Center Now Open


On January 18th, Family Health Centers of San Diego opened its newest clinic: Oak Park Family Health Center, located at 5160 Federal Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92105. This clinic is currently open part-time and features primary care services for children and adults. A wonderful addition to this diverse community, we look forward to providing high-quality care to our patients. Appointments now available! Call (619) 515-2454 to schedule one today. For more information, view our clinic webpage.

Join the Heart Health Movement

On February 11, select FHCSD clinics will be offering blood pressure screenings at NO COST as part of a collaboration with Live Well San Diego’s countywide initiative. During this one-day event, participants will also receive health information, goodie bags, refreshments and more. For a list of participating FHCSD clinics, please view our Event Listing. Schedule a screening by calling Margot Schein at (619) 906-4563. Walk-ins are also welcome! Join the conversation online #LoveYourHeartSD.

Tweet, Post & #SaveOurDocs

By 2020 the U.S. will need 45,000 new physicians to meet the growing demand for health care. Without more doctors, it will be more challenging to find affordable health care and wait times at clinics will be longer. To prevent this, FHCSD is participating in the Save Our Teaching Health Centers social media campaign. We need you to help spread our message! Please take a moment to view and find out why Teaching Health Centers are an integral part of the health care system

FREE Enrollment Event Is Your LAST Chance to Sign Up for Covered California


Saturday, January 30, 2016
8:00am to 1:00pm
FHCSD’s new HITEC Center
5160 Federal Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92105

Certified Enrollment Counselors on-site to complete applications at no cost to you. Light refreshments provided.  Call (619) 515-2363 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins welcome on a first come, first served basis.


ISSUE #2: December 2015

Baby Boutique Program Gives Families a Healthy Start
Baby Boutique

Family Health Centers of San Diego recently expanded its Baby Boutique program to include both pre- and postnatal services. As part of the program, new and expecting mothers receive “Baby Buck Points” for every wellness checkup and class they attend. These points can be exchanged for much-needed items, including strollers, baby clothes and toys. Plus, every family receives a car seat after completing the program! For more information, talk with your clinic’s front-desk staff or view our webpage

Remember, Honor Those Affected by AIDS 

December 1 was World AIDS Day, a time to remember those who have died from the disease, support those battling it and learn how to stop its spread. An estimated 35 million people, about 12 times the population of San Diego County, have the virus that causes AIDS. To learn more about this virus, check out our community blog, FamilyHealth Online.

Join the FHCSD Staff!

Are you interested in a career at FHCSD? We are always looking for talented and dedicated professionals to join our staff. Positions are available in a variety of fields, including administrative, clinical, information technology and more. You can find more information about career openings on our website.

Don’t Forget: Open Enrollment
The open enrollment period for Covered California began in November and continues through January 2016. If you haven’t yet enrolled in a health plan, now is the time! Call (619) 515-2363 to speak with one of our Certified Enrollment Counselors today or check out our website for more information.

ISSUE #1: November 2015

Same High-Quality Care at a New, Low Cost
As of November 1, the initial visit to Family Health Centers of San Diego for patients without health insurance is now just $25! This new standardized fee is another way we are furthering our mission of making high-quality health care more accessible to all San Diegans. Call (619) 515-2300 for details.

It’s Open Enrollment Time 

Covered California enrollment health insurance Family Health Centers of San Diego
Don’t qualify for Medi-Cal? You may qualify for Covered California, a health exchange that offers plans according to your particular income and family size. The 2015-16 open enrollment period for Covered California is now underway. For more information, please call our Certified Enrollment Hotline at (619) 515-2363 or learn more here.

Share #FHCSDNewLook!
You may have noticed a change at! In September, we launched a revamped website that was created with our patients and community members in mind. This mobile-responsive site provides information in a dynamic and modern format and features the first ever FHCSD blog, FamilyHealth Online. We encourage you to explore the site and share it with your friends and family by using the hashtag #FHCSDNewLook!

FHCSD Cares for the Community at Lemon Grove Kids’ Autumn Health Fair

On October 17, FHCSD hosted the 2nd Annual Kids’ Autumn Health Fair at Lemon Grove Family Health Center. From pumpkin decorating and a bounce house to vaccinations and checkups, event-goers kicked off autumn with a healthy, festive start. Read about this, and other community events, on our new blog, FamilyHealth Online.

Great American Smokeout Encourages Public to “Take That First Quit Step”
Last Thursday was the Great American Smokeout, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, when millions of Americans quit tobacco use for good or even for a day! Quitting isn’t easy, but it’s possible with help. FHCSD offers classes that have already helped 30 people quit this year! For more information, please call (619) 515-2526.

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