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CEO Announcement from Board President James Johnson, Jr.

Message from LifeLong Board President James Johnson Jr. Announcing New CEO

Dear LifeLong Medical Care Friends:

david vlietOn behalf of the LifeLong Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the selection of David B. Vliet, BHA, MBA, as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His official start date will be Jan 22, 2020. We are very excited to welcome David to the LifeLong family!

As many of you know, Marty Lynch, PhD, is set to step down from the position of CEO at the end of January 2020 after almost 40 years. Over those 40 years, LifeLong grew from its flagship clinic, the Over 60 Health Center, to a robust network of 16 primary care clinics, three dental clinics, four school-based health centers, two urgent-care centers, and home-based services in supportive housing sites across Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. LifeLong proudly provides integrated primary care, behavioral health, and dental care to low-income families, children, older adults, individuals experiencing homelessness, and immigrants.

David comes to LifeLong with a wealth of experience in the community health center movement, most recently as the CEO of Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) in Hayward, CA. For more than six years, David has led a strong team at TVHC, home to seven primary care clinics, three dental clinics, and three school-based health centers staffed by 300 health professionals.

From 2002 through 2012, prior to assuming the role of CEO at TVHC, David led Central Texas Community Health Centers, first as Chief Operating Officer for three years followed by seven years as CEO. Central Texas Community Health Centers is one of the largest community health center systems in the State of Texas.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining LifeLong Medical Care, a community-driven, widely respected, nationally recognized, and innovative Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the East Bay and beyond for over 40 years,” David said. “Every day, LifeLong’s Board and staff demonstrate their commitment to improve the lives and health outcomes of individuals and families who are facing significant challenges, including people who are elderly, homeless, immigrants, and low-income. I look forward to being a part of this remarkable team, and I’m excited by the opportunity to lead them into the future as we tackle the many challenges in accessing high-quality health care.”

Says Marty Lynch: “I’m totally excited to have David taking over as our new CEO at LifeLong. David has been a friend and well-respected colleague for many years and is a perfect choice to build on LifeLong’s current work and take us into the future. He is fully committed to the health of everyone in our community. Please join me in welcoming David to LifeLong Medical Care.”

David is an active board member of the Community Health Center Network (CHCN) and currently serves as board chair. He is currently chair-elect for the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) Board of Directors and he serves on the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Board where he co-leads an effort to promote diversity and support leaders from under-represented ethnic groups throughout NACHC.

David has lived and traveled in Latin America and he is fluent in Spanish. David also brings to LifeLong his amazing musical prowess as a performing blues and jazz musician.

This was a tall challenge to identify a successor to our longtime CEO, and we look to David’s leadership on behalf of our local communities and for underserved people across the nation.

Sincerely,

James Johnson, Jr.
Board Chair, LifeLong Medical Care

“Trust Our Patients So They Can Trust Us”, September 18, 2019

At a clinic in Oakland, patients who once lived on the streets are helping to improve care for the unsheltered

(CHCF) It’s just after noon on the third Wednesday of the month, and at the Trust Health Center in downtown Oakland, California, patients are sharing pizza around a conference table. Meet the Trust Partners, the clinic’s patient-based board of advisers. The role of the eight-member board is to provide patient feedback to assure that the clinic stays meaningfully connected to the community it serves.

One of the partners, William Terry, tells the group about the years he was homeless, living in a run-down minivan. The unregistered van was such a wreck that whenever he moved it for street cleaning, it left a trail of oil. In eight and a half years, he never got a ticket. “I should be in the Guinness Book of Records,” he said with a laugh.

Terry can reflect with humor on his time living on the streets because now he has an apartment, thanks largely to the Trust Health Center. This Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which is operated by LifeLong Medical Care, opened in November 2015 to serve adult residents of Alameda County who have no home or who are at risk of losing their home. LifeLong provides primary care services, mental health care, and social services support.

Lifelong has a separate governing board overseeing the entire organization that meets the Health Resources & Services Administration’s requirement that the majority of a health center’s board must be its own patients. By law, patients must hold a majority on Lifelong’s governing board. Trust Partners offers an additional way to obtain specialized input from patients who have lived on the streets.

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LifeLong Medical Care’s Marty Lynch Given Outstanding Achievement Award by National Association of Community Health Centers

Marty Lynch, PhD, Executive Director and CEO of LifeLong Medical Care for the past 38 years, was recently presented with 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). 

Lynch received the national award for “excellence and commitment to America’s Health Centers and the people they service.” NACHC President and CEO Tom Van Coverden presented the award to Lynch at the 2019 Community Health Institute and Expo. 

“I’m so very honored to receive this award and to have had the opportunity to contribute to the health of the communities served by health centers,” said Lynch.  

Saying he had one of the “luckiest jobs ever,” Lynch noted that through collaboration with the Alameda Health Consortium and the California Primary Care Association, LifeLong Medical Care has been able to accomplish “amazing things together” to improve the health of their communities.   

Lynch spent most of his life working with aging populations and the homeless. “When I started at LifeLong, the elderly were 5% to 6% of the community health center population. Now it’s 10%,” he said. Nationwide, that translates into nearly 3 million low-income older people who get excellent health care in the community health center system. 

“I’m so proud of us for doing that,” he said. 

Community health centers continue to face challenges, among them immigrant health, women’s health, and an epidemic of homelessness. But the biggest threat of all, he said, is climate change. Air pollution, mostly caused by carbon pollutants, aggravate a range of ailments including everything from heart attacks to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, stroke, lung cancer, type 2 diabetes, and pneumonia. And low-income communities served by health centers will suffer the greatest health consequences, not only from unhealthy air, but also from searing heat, increased wildfires, high winds, and flooding that come with climate change.  

Lynch got his start at the Over 60 Health Center, which later became LifeLong Medical Care. He co-founded the Healthy Aging Subcommittee of the National Association of Community Health Centers and is past chair of the California Primary Care Association. He was recently appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve on the California Master Plan on Aging Advisory Committee. Lynch also serves on the boards of the Oakland PACE health plan for disabled elders and the Alameda Alliance for Health Plan that serves Medi-Cal recipients. 

Lynch received his Ph.D. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. 

In addition to health administration, Lynch is involved in public policy and research activities related to health access for the uninsured, long-term care models, chronic care, and financing care for disabled populations. Lynch also is a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. 

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LifeLong Medical Care’s Marty Lynch Named to California Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, August 17, 2019

Marty Lynch, PhD, Executive Director/CEO of LifeLong Medical Care, has been appointed to the California Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The advisory committee will work across sectors to develop a road map to build environments where Californians can grow old safely, with dignity and independence.

“This is our time to come together to build an age-friendly California,” said California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly “Government cannot do this alone — I challenge all Californians to join us in building a California Dream that is inclusive of our older and disabled neighbors.”

Said Lynch: “I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others across the State to find ways to build a community that supports and cares for our older adults no matter what their income or immigration status.”

“The Golden State is getting grayer and we need to be ready for the major population changes headed our way,” stated Governor Newsom in announcing the Master Plan for Aging. “An aging population will introduce new opportunities for economic and community growth but also drive increased health and long-term care costs. We need a plan that brings everyone to the table – local communities, labor, private sector and philanthropy – to help us understand what’s coming and guide us toward taking better care of older Californians.”

Lynch started his career at LifeLong’s Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley in 1982. He has since grown LifeLong Medical Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center, to include 16 health centers, mental health services, three Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, four School-Based Health Centers, a Supporting Housing Program, and Urgent Care services serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties.

Dr. Lynch co-founded the Elderly Sub-Committee of the National Association of Community Health Centers and is past Chair of the California Primary Care Association. He recently served on the state task force to examine policy changes necessary for the integration of primary care and mental health services and worked to develop a California plan for Alzheimer’s disease.

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2019 Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The San Pablo Lytton Casino held the 16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting LifeLong Brookside Health and Immediate/Urgent Care Centers, on October 28 at the Richmond Country Club with 156 golfers participating. Thank you to everyone who made this event a real success.

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LifeLong Brookside Health and Immediate/Urgent Care Centers are grateful to the following organizations for their generous underwriting of San Pablo Lytton Casino’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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A Special Thank You to the following Individuals and/or Organizations for Their Kind Donations 

Adobe Associates, Inc.
Ainsworth Game Technology
Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Allied Universal
Alpha Gaming, Inc.
Analytical Environmental Services
Anheuser-Busch
Bay Area Beverage
Bay Cities Produce
Cintas
City of San Pablo
Coca-Cola
Community Clinic Consortium
Curiale Wilson, LLP
Division Nine/K&A Builders, Inc.
Ecolab
East Bay Physical Therapy
Edgar Quiroz
Evergood Fine Foods
Everi Games Inc.
Giesecke+Devrient Currency
Technology America, Inc.
Hillhouse Construction Co., Inc.
HL Noodle
International Game Technologies (IGT)
Jackson & Son Plumbing
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
Lappert’s Coffee & Ice Cream
Leavitt United Insurance Services
LifeLong Medical Care
Linda Collins
Maggiora Bakery
Marshall’s of El Cerrito
Maui Jim Sunglasses
Meczka Marketing Research Consulting
Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
Mutual of America
Nonstop Wellness
O’Henry Donuts
Oliver & Company, Inc.
Pear Street Bistro
Pro Guard Security Services
PT Gaming LLC
Raley’s
Red Bull
Regal Wine Co.
Republic Services
Richmond Country Club
Robbie Hurtado
Rock Wall Wine Company
Ron Adler
San Pablo Lytton Casino
Scientific Games
Southern Wine & Spirits
Suhr Risk Services
Sysco
Tier 1 Electrical
Tri-Quest Builders & Developers, Inc.
US Bank
US Foods
Wareham Development Corporation
Wayne’s Vending (Performance Live)
Xterra Solutions

These Psychiatrists Bring Mental Health Care to Those Who Need It Most, May 14, 2019

(UCSF) — It was a cold and rainy day when the doctor found Alvin on the streets of Oakland, months out of jail, off his psychiatric medications and considering taking his own life.

“I was at my wit's end. I was tired of getting high. I was tired of not being on my medication, not being normal,” he said.

Alvin had become a dark statistic: one of nearly 3,000 people living unsheltered in Oakland and one of the 45 percent who report problems with psychiatric or emotional conditions.

When psychiatrist Aislinn Bird, MD, MPH, and her street medicine team discovered Alvin on that gloomy day, he also became another statistic: one of the 14 percent of homeless in San Francisco and Alameda counties who receive mental health services.

Bird is the staff psychiatrist at the LifeLong Medical TRUST Clinic, which provides physical and mental health care for the homeless in downtown Oakland, and the founder of the StreetHealth program, part of Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless. Every weekday morning, a team of doctors and social workers visit homeless encampments, handing out basic necessities like clean socks and granola bars, but also medications to treat depression, anxiety and nightmares from post-traumatic stress disorder. People aren’t always receptive, but the team comes every day offering help, hoping to build enough trust that people will visit the clinic for care.

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Face Masks Can Help Filter Out Bad Air – If Worn Correctly, November 16, 2018

(KPIX 5) — People have been lining up at hardware stores and other locations in the Bay Area to snap up face masks to minimize their intake of unhealthy air. But the N95 respirators, so called because of their ability to filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles, need to fit well in order to work.

Some people use one instead of two straps because they are uncomfortable. But doctors are saying that’s a big no-no, and say use both straps, pinch the metal on top of the nose, and try to seal the mask around the face. If it’s done right, there should be no gaps.

“We’re supposed to breathe in oxygen and nitrogen. Now you also have this particulate matter that your lungs do not like. And once you breathe those chemical irritants in, they’re distributed throughout your body,” said Dr. Desmond Carson, Medical Director for wellness center LifeLong Medical Care. “Those irritants are not supposed to be in your body and that’s why people get headaches.”

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Heavy metals found in common baby foods, August 17, 2018

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Consumer Reports, a non-profit consumer protection organization, released a study Thursday saying they found heavy metals in all 50 packaged baby food items they tested for lead, cadmium or inorganic arsenic.

The study says even the organic products had measurable levels of a heavy metal. Two-thirds of the products tested had "worrisome" levels.

Heavy metals are of particular health concern for babies and toddlers, according to Dr. Eric Henley, Chief Medical Officer of Lifelong Medical Care in Berkeley.

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2018 Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The San Pablo Lytton Casino held the 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting LifeLong Brookside Health and Immediate/Urgent Care Centers, on October 29 at the Richmond Country Club with 162 golfers participating. Thank you to everyone who made this event a real success.

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LifeLong Brookside Health and Immediate/Urgent Care Centers are grateful to the following organizations for their generous underwriting of San Pablo Lytton Casino’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Platinum Sponsors

lytton

Gold Sponsors

alpha

everi

hillhouse

oliver

scientific games

silverado

Silver Sponsors

san pablo

igt

tri quest

us foods

A Special Thank You to the following Individuals and/or Organizations for Their Kind Donations 

Ainsworth Game Technology
Alliant Insurance Services
Alpha Gaming, Inc.
Bay Area Distributors
Bay Cities Produce
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Cintas
City of San Pablo
Coca-Cola
Linda Collins
Community Clinic Consortium
Costco
Curiale Wilson, LLP
Cypress Private Security
Deep Eddy Vodka
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Ecolab
EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
Evergood Fine Foods
Everi Games Inc.
Giesecke Devrient
Golden Gate Fields
Hillhouse Construction
Horizon Beverage
International Game Technologies (IGT)
Jelly Belly Factory
Lappert’s Coffee
Leavitt United Insurance Services
Davis Leung
LifeLong Medical Care
Linda Collins
Maui Jim
Mutual of America
Nonstop Wellness
Odwalla
Oliver & Co.
Performance Live
PT Gaming, LLC
Red Bull
Regal Wine Co.
Republic Services
Richmond Cleaners
Richmond Country Club
San Francisco Bay Area Provisions
San Pablo Lytton Casino
Scientific Games
Silverado Contractors, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits
St. George Spirits, Inc.
Stidham Law Offices
Suhr Risk Services
Sysco San Francisco, Inc.
The Swenson Group
Tri-Quest Builders
U.S. Bank
US Foods
Wareham Development Corporation 

2019 Annual Gala

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We had a tremendous gala event on March 2 at the Claremont Club and Spa in Berkeley. The sold-out event raised much-needed funds for the organization. We also doubled our impact for LifeLong’s Respite Care Program, thanks to a matching grant and your support. You can see the video we shared at the event, click here.

Special thanks go to our Benefactors Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, as well as to all of our sponsors. It takes a village, and we are grateful for everyone who supports LifeLong Medical Care.

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