New FQHC partnership improves access to specialty care for Medi-Cal patients
UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatricians are now offering specialty care at the Community Medical Centers (CMC) clinic on West Lane in Stockton. The specialties are gastroenterology, cardiology and endocrinology.
CMC got its start 50 years ago as a mobile health volunteer effort. It is now a network of 19 neighborhood health centers in Solano, Yolo and San Joaquin counties.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), CMC provides high quality primary, dental and behavioral health services to nearly 90,000 patients each year. Most CMC patients live below the poverty level and are covered by Medi-Cal. About a third are children and teens.
"Our partnership with UC Davis Health is answering the needs of our community today by providing a united approach to improving the health of children," said CMC center manager Maria Barron.
The UC Davis specialists — Dennis Styne, Jay Yeh and Arthur de Lorimier — are at the clinic one day each month. Services will expand as need grows. Future goals include adding video consultations to allow even more patients to be seen.
“There is a lot of unmet need for specialty care for young patients in the San Joaquin Valley,” said Styne, an endocrinologist who specializes in treating obesity. The condition is identified as a priority in San Joaquin County Community Health Needs Assessment because it can lead to conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
“It is fulfilling to offer treatment and education services right there in the community and make access more convenient for families,” Styne added.
UC Davis Children’s Hospital is committed to establishing partnerships that bring advanced health care close to home for economically underserved populations. In addition to CMC, UC Davis pediatricians provide care to children of California's Wintun tribal nation and at two Sacramento FQHCs: the Sacramento Native American Health Center and the Sacramento County Primary Care Center.
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