Children and Families in San Diego County Receive Free Medical, Dental Care in a High-Tech Mobile Clinic

Children and Families in San Diego County Receive Free Medical, Dental Care in
                          a High-Tech Mobile Clinic

La Maestra Community Health Centers and the Verizon Foundation Are Leveraging
Technology to Improve Access to Quality Healthcare

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2013

SAN DIEGO, April 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Since last fall, children and their
families in San Diego County have been receiving medical and dental care in a
state-of-the-art mobile clinic as part of an innovative partnership between La
Maestra Community Health Centers and the Verizon Foundation.

In many parts of the county, children are living in single-parent homes where
neither child nor parent receives medical or dental care. According to the
CDC, there are 4.8 million children in the U.S. who do not have health

The Verizon Foundation awarded a $90,000 grant to La Maestra last year to help
support telemedicine capabilities in the mobile RV clinic and deliver quality
healthcare services to patients at schools, housing complexes, community
events and key retail shopping areas.  This mobile clinic is now equipped with
the latest, most advanced telemedicine and X-ray systems technology. While
many healthcare providers are still using film X-ray, La Maestra's mobile
clinic will soon add digital capabilities, allowing providers to catch
potentially life-threatening conditions far in advance. The new telemedicine
capabilities will also bridge the gap between the mobile clinic and medical
clinics, making timely patient-provider consultations more attainable and
patients' records more accessible.

With the foundation's support, La Maestra's mobile medical clinic has
established a regular schedule on site at five schools in the San Diego
Unified School District and in two schools at the National school district
(National City) to reach many of these underserved residents.

"Access to medical and dental care is always a challenge for our patient
population, and La Maestra is dedicated to expanding opportunities for
families in this area," said Zara Marselian, chief executive officer of La
Maestra Community Health Centers. "Many of the children who visit our mobile
clinic have never seen a doctor or a dentist before. Our partnership with
Verizon is having an immediate impact and changing people's lives, and it's
helping the healthcare system by keeping patients from using emergency rooms
for primary medical care."

La Maestra is currently working to expand its mobile clinic to more area

About La Maestra Community Health Centers:

Over the past 23 years, La Maestra Community Health Centers has been dedicated
to its mission: to provide quality health care and education; to improve the
overall wellbeing of the family; bringing the under-served, ethnically diverse
communities into the mainstream of our society through a caring, effective,
culturally and linguistically competent manner, respecting the dignity of all
patients. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, La Maestra offers a
comprehensive range of culturally and linguistically-appropriate services
including prevention, treatment, chronic disease management and essential
support services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients of all
ages, including refugees and immigrants from over 30 countries, homeless and

La Maestra operates four primary medical health centers, eight dental clinics,
a mental health unit, four school-based health centers, and a mobile medical
and dental clinic in the low-income communities of City Heights, El Cajon,
Lemon Grove and National City, providing services to over 45,000 patients a
year. Its healthcare services include outpatient primary care, pediatrics,
geriatrics, women's health, laboratory, digital imaging, telehealth, pharmacy,
dental, vision, behavioral health services and school-based health care.
Additional services include access to nutritious food through a food pantry
and community gardens, help finding safe, affordable housing, financial
literacy and microenterprise assistance, and arts and culture programs that
promote wellbeing. Enabling and social services such as transportation,
interpretation (staff speak over 25 languages), assistance applying for
Medi-Cal and other insurance programs, culturally- and age-sensitive health
education and outreach services, are also integrated into La Maestra's "Circle
of Care" to reduce the barriers that prevent community residents from
accessing essential healthcare services, improve patients' compliance rates,
and continue to improve the overall health status and well-being of men, women
and children in San Diego's most culturally diverse and lowest income

About the Verizon Foundation:

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the
company's innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education,
healthcare and energy management. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has
invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where
Verizon employees work and live. Verizon's employees are generous with their
donations and their time, having logged more than 6.65 million hours of
service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more
information about Verizon's philanthropic work, visit; or for regular updates, visit the Foundation on
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Contact: Media contacts: R. Daniel Hernandez, La Maestra, 619-864-6505, or Ken Muche, Verizon, 949-286-8193,
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