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2020 Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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LifeLong Medical Care will hold their Annual Charity Golf Tournament on October 26 at the Richmond Country Club.

Last year we had 144 golfers and raised more than $130,000! This year, we have spots for only 80 golfers to respect physical distancing!

To learn more, or to sign up, please contact Kara De La Paz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or(510) 981-4154.

"Why the time to get back COVID-19 test results in Bay Area ranges from 2 weeks to 2 days", August 7, 2020

(Mallory Moench | San Francisco Chronicle) — 9 days in the worst cases and frustrating officials trying to contain the summer’s surge in cases.

The local lags in processing results, more frequently at commercial than public health labs, stem from increased demand, limited lab capacity and supply shortages across the country. Testing nationally continues to struggle as well.

Delays aggravate patients left in limbo about their health and public health officials who say that longer wait times cripple efforts to stop the spread Read more >>

"Bay Area Health Officials Call For Enforcement Of Face Covering Directives", August 1, 2020

SONOMA COUNTY (Maria Medina | KPIX 5) — One by one, Bay Area counties are starting to crack down on violators of the coronavirus health orders as people defy the law and cases of COVID-19 continue to climb.

“If we don’t get serious, ashes to ashes, we all fall down,” said Lifelong Medical Care Dr. Desmond Carson.

The emotional plea was made Friday as California became the first state in the nation to reach 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. The state also reported 9,147 deaths.

“People must respect the guidelines of the health community, we must wear masks,” Dr. Carson said.

Despite the orders, individuals and

"What’s it like to get tested for COVID-19 in Berkeley right now?", July 23, 2020

(Sarah Belle Lin | Berkeleyside) With some community members complaining of long waits both to get a test appointment and to receive the results, we surveyed the options offered by the city and how they are working.

Some people who have been taking advantage of the free COVID-19 testing that the city has been offering since early June say they have been left feeling frustrated by long waits for appointments and to get their results — even as the state rushes to increase testing capabilities. Others have been pleasantly surprised at how easy the experience has been and the relative speed with which they get their test results.

Community members who shared their stories with Berkeleyside report having waited up to two weeks for an appointment and up to another two weeks to get their test results back. By then the results were already meaningless, they said. Instead of waiting, some residents have Read more >>

"Crowds and COVID: East Bay doctor encourages protesters to be tested", June 22, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. (Amy Larson | KRON) — Are crowds OK again despite COVID-19? There was a lot of chatter on Twitter about that question over the weekend during Juneteenth celebrations, George Floyd marches, and other large public events held around the Bay Area. The coronavirus hasn’t vanished overnight, especially without a vaccine available yet.

For people who are passionate about attending marches and rallies during a historic moment for empowering Black communities in America, two steps are essential for protecting one’s health, East Bay doctor Kim Nguyen told KRON4.

First, always wear a mask to protect yourself from becoming infected or spreading it to someone else, she said. Second, go to a COVID-19 testing site to be tested. The best time to receive a test for the most accurate results is five days after you have been in a crowd, said Nguyen, an associate medical director at LifeLong Medical Care.

Balancing the importance of containing the pandemic and fighting racism is a delicate matter. Both the virus and police brutality have disproportionately claimed Black and Latino lives.

“We want to be in solidarity with people who are taking those risks to go outside and protest. If there is any reason to ignore those public health risks, this is the biggest one. So we want to make sure the Read more >>

"Commitment to Health Equity", June 05, 2020

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LifeLong Medical Care mourns with the family of George Floyd. Amidst the civil unrest his murder has unleashed, LifeLong has been reflecting on our organization’s deep commitment to racial justice. In serving our diverse patients, we are well aware that some live under the constant threat of racist violence. Racism is not just a hate crime, it’s a powerful institution into which we are all born.

Make no mistake, institutional racism is at the very core of health disparities between communities of color and white populations. They persist on so many fronts: high rates of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease; lower survival rates from prostate, breast, and lung cancer; black children with a 500 percent higher death rate from asthma; and infant mortality rates for black babies stuck at nearly 2.5 times that of whites. And in this country with 30 million uninsured, it should come as no surprise that half of those are people of color.

As we continue our battle against COVID-19, the marked impact of this disease on the populations we serve is striking. The high numbers of COVID-19 infections among minority, low-wage workers --many of whom who are doing essential work -- is staggering. And we know that the death rate for African Americans is three times that of white Americans.

For so many in our community, LifeLong brings the health equity that allows families to live better lives each and every day. During this pandemic, Lifelong continues to help vulnerable populations. We brought no-cost COVID-19 testing to Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland, and we continue to expand these efforts.

Community health centers like LifeLong were birthed through the work of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s part of our legacy. It’s who we are. And it’s why we do the work we do. The heart of our mission is to improve the health and lives of our communities’ residents.

In light of this terrible tragedy and all that is happening around us, I hope you will renew your commitment to our patients. We will continue to shine a light on the health disparities that have roots in historical, systemic racism, while simultaneously supporting the power of our patients and staff to improve the health of communities of color.

Today, we say the name “George Floyd.” There have been too many names. Enough. Black Lives Matter.

"'It Was Hell': When Both Parents Get COVID-19", May 26, 2020

(Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED) In early April, as coronavirus outbreaks spread rapidly across the San Francisco Bay Area, Lorena found herself trapped in her apartment obsessively disinfecting surfaces, wearing gloves to cook meals and abstaining from holding her own two children.

Both Lorena and her husband, Jorge, had tested positive for COVID-19.

KQED is only using Lorena's first name because she worries her daughter will be bullied if classmates Read more >>

"KRON4 Heroes: East Bay doctor helps make widespread COVID testing possible", May 22, 2020

(Amy Larson, Kron4) One of the most difficult challenges for healthcare workers battling the coronavirus outbreak is bridging the divide between Bay Area residents who want to be tested for the virus, safely administering those tests, and following up with patients who are infected.

In the East Bay, one doctor realized early on that a demand for tests was going to surge before medical care providers had enough time to gather necessary supplies, organize and staff pop up tents to serve as testing sites, and find laboratories to analyze the samples.

Dr. Kim Nguyen, an associate medical director at LifeLong Medical Care, spearheaded organizing and coordinating how tests were given to patients at several sites throughout the East Bay to speed up the process, and pushed for free COVID testing to be available in under-served communities. Read more >>

"Making a Difference, LifeLong Medical Care", May 15, 2020

(Julie Nachtwey & Linda Schacht Gage | Claremont-Elmwood Social) It's no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted Berkeley's poorest populations. They often face lingering debt, unreliable employment, and sometimes non-existent housing. The threat of the Coronavirus, combined with a lack of access to healthcare, adds even greater stress to their lives.

The situation is complicated by the fact that as the practice of medicine has evolved, specialists have replaced most family-practice doctors who sometimes saw 60 to 80 patients a day. The result has been even less access to medical care for everyone, but most crucially for the poorest among us. Many of those dedicated primary-care doctors found that their small practices were no longer sustainable. Fortunately, in Berkeley, innovation and dedication led to a solution: LifeLong Medical Care, a community health center now serving 66,000 patients, many of whom might fall through the cracks in Read more >>

"LifeLong Medical Care steps up for Richmond’s vulnerable amid pandemic", May 08, 2020

(Kathy Chouteau, Richmond Standard) LifeLong Medical Care is emerging as an essential health care resource for some of Richmond’s most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The community health nonprofit, which operates the new LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center at 150 Harbour Way in Richmond, primarily serves patients at or below the federal poverty level. Regardless of a person’s ability to pay or immigration status, the nonprofit serves everyone and offers assistance in helping patients apply for insurance.

Throughout the pandemic, the Richmond center has been providing an array of resources to all community members, ranging from Read more >>

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