Mobile Clinic Brings Healthcare to Low-Income Communities

Come on up and have a seat. the onboarding process is a lot like somebody just kind of wandering into an
emergency department. You know, what’s your name, who brought you in, you know,
what’s been going on in the past and what can we do for you, and we’ll start
with start with that. UC Davis Health and Elica had been talking about this
partnership for some time. We love seeing patients in our own clinic. That’s a big
part of what we do but we realized that for some patients that’s just not
practical and we have to go to where they are. In the last week, I’ve been
exposed to, you know, our immigrant population as well as our homeless population, you know, the really, the focus of this outreach. There’s a lot of need. More than I ever imagined. And then probably a referral to ENT if it’s been going on for so long without any improvement. These are people who don’t really maybe
seek out healthcare, you know. I’m on the eighth floor of a big medical center and
taking the skills I have out into the community, I’m not sure you can have a
comfort in doing that unless you’ve had, you know, training and exposure doing it.
But Elica and UC Davis can benefit each other because we can get them a spot for
clinical rotation and at the same time we may attract some quality nurse
practitioners or PAs to come join Elica because we could always use more
providers. Underserved care in California is bigger than any one institution.
Couldn’t handle it in any one way. UC Davis has always played a tremendous role in
taking care of folks with Medi-Cal or even underinsured or uninsured
folks. This type of partnership with a local entity like Elica, which is a
federally qualified health center, makes perfect sense. There are lots of people
that you know are striving to get healthcare in a variety of ways and we
need to have our students see what this looks like so that they will go out
and be much more thoughtful providers. This is very important. Very important for me. And without this, probably wouldn’t get the treatment at all. Most people that go into family medicine nowadays, it’s to serve underserved
communities. Our resident physicians will work with the Elica provider and see
patients on that mobile clinic. Every place we’ve gone, the need is there.
It’s real, it’s a life changing for sure.

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