In this Issue:
▪ Message from the CEO
▪ TVHC News
▪ Monthly Health Tip
▪ Federal and State Healthcare Enrollments Exceed Projections
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Message from the CEO
David B. Vliet, MBA
This is an exciting time for TVHC, Inc. In just a couple more months, construction on our newest facility will be completed. By mid-July, a fully constructed new health center will be visible when driving down East 14th Street toward Bayfair Mall.
At this time, about 75% of this stunning, eco-friendly community health center is complete, with the foundation, shell, roof, and underground construction fully finished. As you can see in the pictures, crews are now working toward completion on the interior of the building within the next two months. Lush landscaping of trees and hand-selected plant life, as well as parking lot construction, will also be concluded by the end of May.
At the new center, the provision of care will include Obstetrics, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Behavorial Health and Dental. We are also pleased that the new health center will host a community health education and group training classroom, as well as a conference room that can be reserved for community-based meetings.
According to key health indicators, the Ashland and Cherryland areas have some of the lowest life expectancies in the county and among the highest rates of teen pregnancy, diabetes, stroke and cancer. TVHC is proud to play a role in improving health outcomes in this limited-access community, but we could not do it without the generous support of partners and donors like you.
This past year, we were able to raise over $1.2 million in donations from foundations and private donors. In order to meet our goals for 2014, we need to raise an additional $600,000. Fifty cents of every dollar we raise goes directly toward new equipment and fixtures for the new health center, while the other fifty cents goes directly toward primary care. Your donation provides a beacon of hope for these unincorporated communities.
I hope you will take a moment to visit our website to learn more about this project and consider giving a gift of health today!
Front entrance of the New Community Health Center
Main entrance and reception area
This is a rendering of the main entrance and reception area.
Pediatric suite, 2nd floor
This is a rendering of the Pediatric Suite reception area.
If you would like to make a gift toward the New Community Health Center and improving health outcomes for the Ashland and Cherryland communities, please contact our Development Associate, Carmella Johnson, at (510) 471-5907, ext. 3343, or visit our New Community Health Center page on our website to learn more.
Client Success Story: Family Partners Program
Family Partners is a unique program for families with young children that may have special emotional or behavioral needs. A Family Partner is a parent who has been through the children's mental health system with his/her child who has also had serious social, emotional, behavioral or developmental concerns. They bring years of experience in terms of what works or does not in navigating the system, understanding the provider culture as well as family needs and conditions, and accessing services in general.
TVHC's Family Partner (in collaboration with a Mental Health Worker from TVHC) has been working with a family who has faced difficulty on numerous fronts, not only with understanding the behaviors of their special needs child, but also with navigating the multiple systems to find her the care and resources that she needed under the parameters of a low income and deep sense of social isolation.
Susan* was born into a family of 6 with hearing challenges. When she was born, her parents were not aware of her hearing difficulties right away but began to wonder as she grew why she wasn't communicating like their other children and was instead exhibiting increasing frustration and emotional distress.
The family heard about TVHC's Early Childhood and Parenting Teens Program, and through a screening, they were able to get connected with our Family Partner. With the assistance of a home-based Mental Health Worker and a Family Partner, the family was able to learn about how schools and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) could work for Susan. In addition, the Mental Health Worker and Family Partner attended the IEP meetings with the family and have helped them understand the educational system and how to participate as empowered and knowledgeable parents. The Mental Health Worker and Family Partner have been working to attune Susan's family to her difficulties with all the different providers in her life, especially since some programs are better able to communicate with her and her family than others, and in the latter cases, the family often ends up feeling confused and alone.
Susan's parents have continued to work with their Family Partner to help her learn to develop spoken language, which she is showing capacity for. As a result of the combined efforts of the Family Partner, the Mental Health Worker and the family, Susan's frustration and distressed behaviors have markedly decreased and her family has expressed that they’ve felt supported by program staff through these difficult times. The resources and therapeutic care the Family Partner and Mental Health Worker have been able to provide for Susan has alleviated much of her parents' stress and worry. The parents are now focused on trying to be equally present for each of their children, as well as remembering to take care of themselves when needed. TVHC's Early Childhood and Parenting Teens Program has been honored to be a part of this family's journey.
For more information on TVHC's Mental and Behavioral Health Services, please check us out online or call us at (510) 471-5880, ext. 3774.
*Client names have been changed to protect their privacy.
TVHC Begins Group Education Program for Diabetes Management
TVHC's Clinical Department is excited to have begun the planning stages for a new level of quality care that we will soon be able to offer patients: group education and wellness visits.
Starting in early May, the Group Education Team will begin offering a group Diabetes Management program in Spanish through a curriculum of four sessions (one session per month), where participants will be engaged in group learning and discussion while having their vitals and diabetes measurements tracked over the course of the program. Each participant will set goals for him/herself at the beginning of the program and then check back in at the end to see how close they have come to meeting their goals, and what additional steps they could pursue to help reach any goals they haven't met.
Three months after the program concludes, participants will be surveyed to determine how well they have implemented the knowledge they gained through the sessions.
Eventually, TVHC will offer group visits for patients with Asthma, as well as group sessions on Prenatal and Postnatal Care. The group visit model is not only an efficient way to address widespread chronic disease, but has also been proven to increase patient self-management, which in turn improves outcomes.
McKesson and Sutter Santa Cruz Donate Tables and Other Supplies to TVHC
Thanks to the generosity of both Sutter Santa Cruz and the Labor and Sales team at McKesson, TVHC was able to replace six outdated exam tables at the Silva Clinic with gently used, top of the line Midmark box tables. We also received two power tables, one blood draw chair, and one H-Brace table. The in-kind donations totaled to about $19,200 worth of equipment.
When Mark Vukelich, Territory Sales Manager at McKesson, learned that Sutter Santa Cruz needed to replace all of its tables with fully electrical ones due to new ADA standards, he immediately thought of TVHC and asked whether Sutter would consider donating them to us. According to Mr. Vukelich, Sutter was happy that the tables would go to a community health center.
McKesson and TVHC have a long history of community partnership, including a $25,000 grant awarded to TVHC by the McKesson Foundation in 2012 for general operating funds.
We would like to thank Mark Vukelich, Jeff Montague, Darren Muzio, Max Geittmann of McKesson/Midmark and Sutter Santa Cruz for facilitating this large in-kind donation!
Monthly Health Tip: April is Autism Awareness Month
Did you know that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects an estimated 1 in 68 children? That number continues to rise each year. Below are the 10 Things You Need to Know About the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Most Report on Autism:
1. About 1 in 68 children (or 14.7 per 1,000 8 year olds) were identified with ASD. It is important to remember that this estimate is based on 8-year-old children living in 11 communities. It does not represent the entire population of children in the United States.
2. This new estimate is roughly 30% higher than the estimate for 2008 (1 in 88), roughly 60% higher than the estimate for 2006 (1 in 110), and roughly 120% higher than the estimates for 2002 and 2000 (1 in 150).
3. The number of children identified with ASD varied widely by community, from 1 in 175 children in areas of Alabama to 1 in 45 children in areas of New Jersey.
4. Almost half (46%) of children identified with ASD had average or above average intellectual ability (IQ greater than 85).
5. Boys were almost 5 times more likely to be identified with ASD than girls.
6. White children were more likely to be identified with ASD than black or Hispanic children. About 1 in 63 white children, 1 in 81 black children, and 1 in 93 Hispanic children were identified with ASD.
7. Less than half (44%) of children identified with ASD were evaluated for developmental concerns by the time they were 3 years old.
8. Most children identified with ASD were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as age 2.
9. Black and Hispanic children identified with ASD were more likely than white children to have intellectual disability. A previous study has shown that children identified with ASD and intellectual disability have a greater number of ASD symptoms and a younger age at first diagnosis. Despite the greater burden of co-occurring intellectual disability among black and Hispanic children with ASD, these new data show that there was no difference among racial and ethnic groups in the age at which children were first diagnosed.
10. About 80% of children identified with ASD either received special education services for autism at school or had an ASD diagnosis from a clinician. This means that the remaining 20% of children identified with ASD had symptoms of ASD documented in their records, but had not yet been classified as having ASD by a community professional in a school or clinic.
(Full article here)
To read more on Autism Spectrum Disorder, please click here.
If you (or someone you know) is worried that your child might have Autism, the Happy Talkers Foundation will be hosting free Autism screenings in Dublin on Saturday, May 3rd. The screenings are provided by doctors, speech therapists, and occupational therapists. Please see the flyer at the link below for further information.
Dublin, May 3rd (PDF flyer)
Federal and State Health Care Enrollments Exceed Projections
According to an announcement made by the White House last Thursday, the Affordable Care Act has now reached 8 million new enrollees--exceeding earlier projections of 7 million new sign ups.
California has also exceeded its own projections for private insurance enrollment by over half a million (570,000) new individuals signing up.
In addition to the positive news about higher-than-expected enrollment levels, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has also reported that the Affordable Care Act will cost $104 billion less than previously projected over the next decade. The revised CBO Report attributes this change in projected costs to lower payment rates for providers, narrower networks of providers and more controlled costs, which allow insurers to charge lower premiums.
ACA critics point out that the above factors are an indicator of a lower quality of care, while ACA supporters state that the ability to offer affordable health coverage to a greater percentage of the population while also controlling costs is a great achievement of the Act.
Read more about the latest news surrounding the Affordable Care Act at the following links:
Obamacare sign ups beat projections in U.S., California, www.insidebayarea.com
CBO lowers cost estimates for Obamacare by $104 million, www.examiner.com
Covered California's historic first open enrollment finishes with projections exceeded, www.coveredca.com
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