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Congratulations Angelica Diaz!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Congratulations to our own Angelica Diaz, CHP’s Women’s Health Program Coordinator and Health Educator on receiving a honorable mention recognition from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for her abstract  “Access to breast cancer screening through a community based mammography program among underserved women in Santa Clara, CA.”  Not only does this abstract highlight the life-saving work of our Women’s Health Program, but it punctuates the talent of our staff at CHP!

If you’re at the APHA conference in San Francisco this week, come to her session! Details below:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Angelica Diaz, MPH(c), Women's Health Partnership, Community Health Partnership, Santa Clara, CA
Elena Alcala, MPH, Women's Health Partnership, Community Health Partnership, Santa Clara, CA
Linda Pham Chuang, MPH, CHES , Women's Health Partnership, Community Health Partnership, Santa Clara, CA
Maripaz Nazareno, RN, Women's Health Partnership, Community Health Partnership, Santa Clara, CA

The Community Health Partnership (CHP) sought to increase access to mammography screening and reduce late stage breast cancer diagnosis among underserved women in the county of Santa Clara, CA through its Community Mammography Access Project (CMAP). This project is based on a centralized community-based medical model linking community health centers (CHC) within consortium to a mobile mammography unit. The CMAP delivery model includes three key partners: CHP, a network of CHCs, and St. Joseph's Medical Center Mobile Mammography Program.

The mobile unit rotates among CHCs and local sites where underserved women age 35 and older are linked to breast screening services. Through CHC in-reach, women are recruited for these full-day CMAP breast cancer screening events. Outreach occurs through Patient Navigators who recruit women to breast health education workshops where they are linked to the CMAP events. Women receive one on one support from Patient Navigators to identify resources, navigate the health care system, address cultural barriers, and establish a medical home.

Uninsured women are referred to CMAP's self-pay program to receive a free mammography. This community-based mobile unit strategy proved beneficial in increasing the number of women receiving breast screening. CMAP is a best practice model in prevention and wellness across the lifespan with the support of partners that are geographically located where underserved women live, are trusted by the community, and are able to address cultural and linguistic barriers. CMAP remains the only county-wide community mobile mammography resource working in collaboration with CHCs in the area. 

Community Health Centers and Clinics- Strength in Numbers!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I know it’s been awhile since we’ve visited this blog space, but I feel as if our comeback is quite timely!  We just updated our member health organization contact list to reflect the new sites our health centers have opened this past year, and it’s my pleasure to share it with you.  This new list is available for download.  As you scroll through the list, you’ll see we represent 11 non-profit community health organizations with a total of 41 sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 

Last week, my colleagues and I attended the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Annual Conference.  What an incredible experience!  This conference assembled community clinics and health center (CCHC) leadership, staff, and patients from all over California, representing over 800 sites.  This year’s theme: Boldly Moving Forward.

One day, as I walked through the conference’s crowded Exhibit Hall, I thought about how huge we are as an association.  I also thought about the upcoming election, and how as community health center and clinic advocates, we have so much at stake.

Both CPCA and our national association NACHC have been doing a fantastic job getting all of us on the same page about one of the most important practices in health care advocacy…registering our patients and community members to vote.  Encouraging people to vote is another impactful way community health centers empower patients to be advocates for not only their own health, but the health of their families and communities.  Imagine our strength in numbers!

 We all have to do our part.  October 22 is the registration deadline to be able to vote in the November election.  If you haven’t registered, or know someone who needs to, California now offers online voter registration.

One of our member health organizations, Ravenswood Family Health Center recently produced a video for NACHC’s National Health Center Week Video contest that highlights the importance of patient involvement and voting.  They’ve been more than doing their part, also offering voter registration in their clinic lobby.  Perhaps I’m a little biased, but I love this video.  Let me know what you think.  Enjoy!