Venice Family Clinic's Short Story: A Look inside the Largest Free Clinic in the Country
September 2012


Venice Family Clinic Is A Medical Home For Countless Families on the Westside

"Gladys Martinez" and her husband smile each time they walk through the doors of the Irma Colen Health Center in their neighborhood. The couple is raising four young daughters, ranging from 15 months to age 11, in the Mar Vista Gardens Public Housing Development located just steps away from the clinic. Gladys is a stay-at-home mom while her husband works on an assembly line at a food processing plant.

Medical Staff at the Irma Colen Health Center Although her husband works hard, his job does not provide health insurance. Like many parents in the neighborhood, Gladys is grateful her family can walk to the Irma Colen Health Center to receive the comprehensive care they need. Otherwise, the family would have to take two buses each way to the nearest clinic in Venice or Santa Monica. Venice Family Clinic has been the medical home for the Martinez family for seven years because, as Gladys explains, our doctors are caring and offer a “personal touch.”

As Gladys’s family has grown over the years, her trust in Venice Family Clinic doctors has only deepened. Gladys received prenatal services at the Irma Colen Health Center for three of her four pregnancies–including one that was deemed high risk–and she's relied on the Clinic to help her children recover from common illnesses and stay well. Recently, when her six year-old daughter Kelly broke her arm in a fall and split open her chin, Gladys knew she could turn to Venice Family Clinic for Kelly’s follow up treatment.

Kelly and her big sister Dalia laugh when they remember how they joked around with Yolanda Reyes, one of the health center's clinic coordinators, during their last appointment. According to Dalia, Yolanda is always "friendly and nice" and she never forgets to offer tips on how she can help her parents and sisters stay healthy.

"That really means a lot to me," says Dalia.

*Special thanks to Grants and Evaluation Associate Guadalupe Mota for providing Spanish translation for this story.

Community Resource Fair and Social Media Commemorate National Health Center Week

Community Resource Fair, Social Media Pages Commemorate National Health Center WeekEvery August, community health centers are acknowledged for their vital role in providing quality, accessible and affordable patient care to families in need across our nation. In celebration of National Health Center Week (August 5-11), Venice Family Clinic hosted a free resource fair on August 8 that brought together local community groups, government agencies and non-profit organizations for a day of health screenings, family-oriented activities, and prizes outside its Irma Colen Family Center in Culver City. Named in honor of longtime Venice Family Clinic supporter Irma Colen, Venice Family Clinic’s Irma Colen Health Center emphasizes a whole family approach to health care in the Mar Vista community.

Resource fair participants included: Children First Program, Connections for Children, FAME Assistance Corporation, Farmers Insurance, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mar Vista Family Center, UCLA Latino Student Health Project, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, and WIC. Venice Family Clinic volunteers also offered free blood pressure screenings, breastfeeding education, nutritional information and body mass index (BMI) testing.

Our recognition of National Health Center week continued online, where we profiled a different Venice Family Clinic site on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter each day.

Please visit our Facebook and Google+ pages for a review of National Health Center week posts and photos from the 2012 community resource fair.

Venice Family Clinic Celebrates Gregory Baker

Gregory Baker 1946-2012Venice Family Clinic celebrates the life of Gregory Baker (1946-2012), Advisory Board member, Chair of the Information Technology Committee and the very supportive husband of a remarkable Venice Art Walk and Silver Circle supporter, Vicki Baker. Greg started his career with IBM and worked at JPL, Rand, and Citicorp but was most proud of his role co-founding Assistive Technology, a firm that focuses on solutions for the disabilities market. He also holds over 30 patents for data & search algorithms, encryption, speech recognition, and software development.

Greg will be remembered as a kind, generous and devoted Venice Family Clinic supporter with a great sense of humor and wonderful ideas on how to help our organization and patients.

We are overwhelmed by the incredible outpouring of support by friends and families who gave tribute donations in Greg’s honor including: Jeff & Dolly Barnes; Susan & Michael Bleecher; Nancy, Shel & Katie Bloch; Leah Broidy; Andrew & Jacqueline Caster; Elaine Cohen; Donna Copple; John & Meredith Cranston; Deean Decker; Harlene Field & Alan Kerstein; Helene & George Firenze; Kit & Ray Fragulia; Carol Gilbert; Lori & Richard Glucksman; Leslie Heumann; Janet Hindler; Steve, Patti, Alex & Grant Hunsader; Sue Jones; Nancy Koven & Carter Omens; Maryl & Ted Kruger; Jessica Lehman & Peter Hirsch; Julie & Harley Liker; Tracey Loeb & Kent Beyer; Maude, Scott, Connor & Graham MacGillivray; Debbie & Ted Malinoski; Philip Mendelovitz; Chuck, Jamie & Lucy Meyer; EJ Milken; Donna S. Nadel; Hilary & Bob Nelson Jacobs; Angela Norton; Kim Orchen Cooper; Cheryl Raiss; Sandy Rolleri; Florence, Al, Dan, Joyce & Dee Rolleri; Denise Sanford; Fern & Robert Seizer; Lorna Shephard; Gerry Sinclair; Lynn & Bob Sinclair; Margaret Smith; John & Sharon Sterling; Charles Storch; William & Carolyn Suman; Victoria & Mark Sutherland; and Constance Trewin.



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