Aetna Foundation Grant Supports Women’s Community Clinic’s Work to Reduce
Health Disparities in San Francisco
-- Funding Will Expand Outreach to African-American Women and Girls in Western
Addition Neighborhood --
SAN FRANCISCO -- March 21, 2013
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote health care equity, the Aetna
Foundation has awarded a $25,000, one-year grant to the Women’s Community
Clinic in San Francisco. The funding will help the clinic provide health
education and outreach, prenatal care, and health career training
opportunities to low-income African-American women and girls in the Bay Area.
Specifically, the Aetna Foundation funding will fuel programs at the clinic’s
Western Addition Health Training Program (WAHT), which serves uninsured and
underinsured residents in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood.
Through the grant, the organization will expand access to prenatal care
on-site through its partnership with University of California, San Francisco.
The grant also provides Western Addition residents with vital workforce and
development training opportunities by supporting five paid health career
training fellowships and internships. Fellows and interns will get hands-on
health career training in medical office operations, health education, lab
packaging and tracking, pregnancy and HIV counseling, and clinic management.
“The Women’s Community Clinic is working to improve the health of
African-American women and increase access to quality prenatal care. The
nonprofit also strives to expand diversity in the health care profession,”
said Sharon Dalton, vice president of the Aetna Foundation and director of
regional grant making. “The clinic is meeting two urgent needs at the same
time and creating the foundation for long-term improvements in health care
In the Western Addition community, teen pregnancy rates are higher than city
averages. Residents often have limited access to health care resources and
information. Overall in San Francisco, African Americans have the highest teen
birth rate of any minority group.
“We are honored to work with the Aetna Foundation to reduce health care
disparities, starting in our own community," said Women’s Community Clinic
Executive Director Carlina Hansen. "With this grant, we will be able to
provide essential prenatal care, health workshops and hands-on workforce
training in the Western Addition. We are incredibly grateful and proud to be
able to effect change in this rich and diverse city neighborhood."
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm
of Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET). Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have
contributed $412 million in grants and sponsorships, including $18 million in
2011. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access
to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time
and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered more than 2.6 million
hours since 2003. Aetna’s current giving is focused on addressing the rising
rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic
equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For
more information, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.
About the Women’s Community Clinic
Founded in 1999, the Women’s Community Clinic uses an innovative
volunteer-based business model to provide affordable and accessible health
care services to uninsured and underinsured San Francisco Bay Area women and
girls. The Women’s Community Clinic (“the Clinic”) provides affordable,
accessible sexual and reproductive women’s health services, outreach and
education to uninsured and underinsured women and girls in the San Francisco
Bay Area. The Clinic’s Western Addition Health Training Program (WAHT) was
founded in 2007 to address health care disparities among African-American
women with a special focus on the city’s Western Addition neighborhood. (27%
of the neighborhood’s residents are African American, as compared with 6% in
all of San Francisco.)
Marnie Goodman, 860-273-2314
Women’s Community Clinic
Kemi Role, 415-820-7371
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