Health for All operates four community-based clinics that address special needs of the patient population. All are located in low-income neighborhoods of Sacramento and provide outpatient primary and preventive medical care, pregnancy testing and family planning, counseling, and health education to resident families and individuals. The clinics provide preventive pediatric and adolescent health services to over 4,800 children between the ages of 0-19 years. Because more than 25% of the patient population does not speak English, the staff is multilingual and multiethnic, ensuring that language and culture do not impede health care and health care education.
Recognizing the importance of outreach to provide care to migrant farm worker children and the urban poor, Health for All operates traveling health teams and weekend clinics. In addition, Health for All operates several programs, described below, that focus on specific needs of medically underserved population groups.
Black Infant Health Program
The Black Infant Health program is a support and health education program for young, disadvantaged Africa American mothers. The outreach workers, who themselves were single teenage mothers, provide information on social services, counseling, and transportation to assist the expectant mothers to seek pre-natal care and deliver healthy babies. Once the infant is born, outreach workers ensure that the mother and child receive proper post-natal and pediatric care; they also assist with transportation to doctors' offices, and participation in WIC and other governmental programs.
Infant and Toddler Immunization Program
Since first opening its doors in 1980, Health for All has provided free or low-cost preventive health care to infants and toddlers. In addition to immunizations, physical examinations, and health education, it now offers two new programs. Bilingual outreach workers encourage low-income, limited English-speaking households to participate in Healthy Families, a low-cost health insurance program for children of uninsured poor and working-poor families. A new pilot project targets limited English-speaking, recent immigrant Hmong families, as many Hmong lack healthcare access and knowledge of western medical practices. A bilingual (Hmong/English) outreach worker provides educational programs for the Hmong community, so parents will learn how immunizations work to protect their children from illness.
Sickle Cell Anemia Screening
All newborns in California are now tested for the sickle cell trait. When an infant in the Sacramento region is identified with the trait, a Health for All counselor meets with the parents to explain test results, related health issues, and the parents' role in educating a child with the sickle cell trait. The Health for All Sickle Cell Counseling Program serves the entire Northern California region.