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Congresswoman Susan Davis Touts Work of Community Health Centers
February 18, 2017


San Diego Chargers to Discuss Stadium Initiative Project At Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio
July 8, 2016

John Spanos, President of Football Operations, and representatives from the San Diego Chargers, including Special Advisors Fred Maas and Jeffrey Pollack, will speak about the downtown stadium initiative at Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio luncheon on Friday, July 15, at 11:30am at Logan Heights Family Health Center (1809 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113). Read the full press release here.


Regional leaders to address looming physician shortage at Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio
March 14, 2016

On Friday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) Spirit of the Barrio luncheon will feature a panel of regional leaders addressing the nation’s looming physician shortage crisis. The luncheon will take place at Logan Heights Family Health Center (1809 National Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113).  This luncheon will feature an expert panel discussing potential impacts of a physician shortage, show how Teaching Health Centers (THCs) can play a role in solving this issue and highlight FHCSD’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program, which began three years ago and is currently training 12 residents. A Q&A session will also be conducted. Read the full press release here.

FHCSD In The News:

New Senior Health Program Launched Downtown
Live Well San Diego
May 25, 2016

Health care centers across the nation are experiencing a growing demand in the number of patients over the age of 55 that are looking to access medical, dental, mental health and support services. This aging population of patients comes with a special set of health care and support needs that intertwine health services with social services. To meet this growing demand and the population’s specific set of needs, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) launched a new Senior Services program at their Downtown Connections clinic. Read full article here.


New Studies Look at PrEP for Trans People
The Bay Area Reporter
May 5, 2016

The California HIV/AIDS Research Program has announced that it has funded three new demonstration projects – including two in the Bay Area – to learn more about PrEP for transgender women and men. “These studies will provide critical information on the implementation of PrEP among transgender people in California, and will help guide state and national efforts to address the epidemic in this often neglected population at high risk for HIV,” said CHRP director Dr. George Lemp. The announcement was made last week. Read full article here


An HIV Prevention Pill for Transgender Persons
UC San Diego Health Newsroom
April 26, 2016

Transgender persons are extremely vulnerable to HIV infection. By some estimates, transgender women are up to 50 times more likely to be infected with HIV compared with other adults. Efforts are needed to deliver effective prevention services to this population. Transgender persons of color have been particularly impacted by HIV. While previous PrEP demonstration projects have focused on men who have sex with men, data on PrEP use and implementation within the transgender community is scant. Read full article here


‘Poz Link’ membership continues to grow, attract new members
San Diego LGBT Weekly
April 14, 2016

It has recently been reported that over 20,000 individuals in San Diego County are affected by HIV/AIDS – this is a third of HIV/AIDS cases in the state of California. Often, those newly diagnosed are unsure where to turn for emotional and community support. Now, a new site – Poz Link – provides a safe, online forum where those affected by HIV can connect with resources, support and others in their community. Managed by Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) Gay Men’s Health Program, Poz Link is leading the way for San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS to find comfort in community and knowledge. Since its launch in January, the site has grown by more than 200 percent. Read full article here


Community Mourns Maruta Gardner at Mission Beach Memorial
San Diego Community News
March 7, 2016

Gambling – especially on horses – traveling and being with friends were among retired schoolteacher and administrator Maruta Gardner’s favorite things, friends and family noted during a celebration of Gardner’s life in the park near the Mission Beach jetty on March 4. Gardner’s passion, however, was community service, which anyone who’d seen her painting out graffiti along the boardwalk and elsewhere in Mission Beach, can attest to. That, in fact, was how Gardner was tragically killed, while painting out graffiti in the 600 block of San Diego Place during a road rage incident Feb. 12 just days before her 69th birthday. Read full article here


FHCSD Resident Receives Faculty for Tomorrow Scholarship
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
February 24, 2016

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has awarded scholarships to help cover expenses for 15 residents to attend the Faculty for Tomorrow Workshop and the 2016 STFM Annual Spring Conference from April 30 – May 4, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. Scholarship recipients were chosen based on essays they wrote about their interest in teaching family medicine. Nathan Singh, MD, a medical resident of the FHCSD Family Medicine Residency Program, was one of the recipients. Read full article here.


Cuyamaca College Powwow Returns for Second Year on Feb. 6
East County Magazine
February 2, 2016

Coral Bradley may be only barely a teenager at 14, but when it comes to expressing her Native American heritage through dance, she is a seasoned veteran. The eighth-grader at Roosevelt Middle School in San Diego has been dancing at powwows from the time she learned to walk, and she is a featured dancer at Cuyamaca College’s second annual Powwow, set for 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the front lawn of Building B, the Communication Arts Center. The free event, open to the public, will showcase native dances such as the graceful shawl dance, in which Coral excels and has been selected to perform as the head young woman, a leading position all girl dancers aspire to. The powwow opens with gourd dancing, followed by the grand entry at 11:30, the procession of all dancers into the dance arena. The dancers in their brilliant regalia are led by the head man and woman, followed by the head young man and young woman and the head boy and girl… Native American arts and crafts, along with fry bread and Indian tacos, will also be the order of the day, in addition to information booths for the Barona Cultural Center and Museum, Kumeyaay Community College, the San Diego American Indian Health Center, Family Health Centers of San Diego, the Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. Read full article here.

Housing for homeless: Size does matter
The San Diego Union Tribune Opinion/Commentary | Joel John Roberts
January 9, 2016

For 20 years, Jesse slept on the streets of San Diego. Until he arrived at PATH’s Connections Housing in downtown San Diego, where he slept in a safe bed and received care from Alpha Project, Family Health Centers of San Diego and Alvarado Parkway Institute. Jesse is one of thousands of people homeless in San Diego. With homelessness increasing in many California cities, including San Diego, people living on our streets is now a hot-button issue. In San Diego, 8,742 people were homeless a year ago, and the number of people unsheltered increased by 4.3 percent from 2014 to 2015.  Read full article here.




Press Releases (2015):

Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Free Smoking Cessation Classes
Help 30 People “Kick The Habit”
September 28, 2015

Since January 2015, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) has helped 30 individuals kick the smoking habit thanks to hosting free smoking cessation classes in four clinics. The organization also used social media to help raise awareness about the positive impact of quitting smoking. More than 130 individuals attended FHCSD’s free, group smoking cessation classes over this past year. Classes were held at Logan Heights Family Health Center, City Heights Family Health Center, Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center and Chula Vista Family Health Center. Individuals participated in five 50-minute sessions that include tips on behaviors and activities about how to break the smoking habit.  Read the full press release here.

Spirit of the Barrio, “San Diego’s Best Use of a Lunch Hour”
Panel of experts to address homelessness & affordable housing in San Diego
September 14, 2015

On Sept. 18, 2015, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) Spirit of the Barrio community luncheon will feature a panel of regional leaders as they address the status of homelessness and affordable housing in San Diego County. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, one of the four panelists, will discuss her past, present and future initiatives on affordable housing. Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy, San Diego Housing Commission CEO Rick Gentry and Father Joe’s Villages CEO Deacon Jim Vargas will also present their views on what is and is not working to combat homelessness and create affordable housing. The panel will be moderated by 10News anchor Kimberly Hunt and also feature a Q&A session for guests to ask the panelists questions.  Read the full press release here.

Spirit of the Barrio, “San Diego’s Best Lunch Hour”
Expert Panel Discusses Impact of a New Stadium Development Project
March 17, 2015

On March 20, 2015, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) beloved and long-standing community luncheon, Spirit of the Barrio, will tackle the high-profile topic of a potential new football stadium, and how the project could impact the city’s economy, job development and the city’s image. Read the full press release here

Family Health Centers of San Diego Wins Million Hearts Award
One in 30 successful in achieving hypertension control rates over 70 percent

February 24, 2015

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) was named a recipient of the prestigious Million Hearts award today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for its ability to achieve hypertension control rates of 70 percent or more among patients. Only 30 organizations nationwide were selected as “champions” for this Hypertension Control Challenge and only eight of the winners, including FHCSD, are Federally Qualified Health Centers. Read the full press release here

FHCSD In the News (2015):

NCI Renews Funding for San Diego Universities, Community Health Centers to Work Together
Joint effort will address cancer health care disparities among Hispanic/Latinos
UC San Diego Health | Yadira Galindo and Beth Chee
September 28, 2015

A collaborative program aimed at reducing the burden of cancer among Hispanic/Latinos in San Diego and Imperial counties through research and community outreach has received a $13 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The five-year grant renews funding for a partnership started in 2008 between San Diego State University and Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health… A close partnership with federally qualified community health centers that care for traditionally underserved Hispanic populations is an innovative feature of the program, which includes a research partnership with San Ysidro Health Centers and a community outreach program with Family Health Centers of San Diego.  Read full article here.

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