(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.
(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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
City of San Pablo
Community Clinic Consortium
Curiale Wilson, LLP
Cypress Private Security
Deep Eddy Vodka
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
Evergood Fine Foods
Everi Games Inc.
Golden Gate Fields
International Game Technologies (IGT)
Jelly Belly Factory
Leavitt United Insurance Services
LifeLong Medical Care
Mutual of America
Oliver & Co.
PT Gaming, LLC
Regal Wine Co.
Richmond Country Club
San Francisco Bay Area Provisions
San Pablo Lytton Casino
Silverado Contractors, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits
St. George Spirits, Inc.
Stidham Law Offices
Suhr Risk Services
Sysco San Francisco, Inc.
The Swenson Group
Wareham Development Corporation
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.
To view the event’s photobooth gallery, click here.
Event photos © Studio-FAB
Thank You to our Sponsors
School’s out and kids will have lots of time to enjoy the outdoors. Make sure to keep them safe and healthy with these tips from Eric Henley, MD, Chief Medical Officer at LifeLong Medical Care.
Swimming can be a great way to get the exercise needed to live a healthy life. Keep these tips in mind:
- Keep kids safe in pools with life jackets. Drowning is a leading cause of death for toddlers ages 1 to 4. Wearing a properly fitted life jacket – not air-filled water wings or inner tubes – can help keep kids safe. Adults should always be on hand to supervise children in a pool and should not be texting, reading, or anything else that is distracting. Drowning can happen fast. An adult should be within arm's length of a child who is an inexperienced swimmer, even if a lifeguard is on duty. If necessary, perform CPR immediately on someone who has gone under, even before the emergency squad arrives. This can save a life and help prevent brain injury.
- Stay safe while boating by wearing a life jacket. Properly fitted life jackets can prevent drownings and should be worn at all times by everyone on any boat.
Throw some shade!
Just a few serious sunburns can increase a child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Adults and children need protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors. Remember to do the following:
- UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so seek shade or play inside during when the sun is at its strongest.
- Wear a hat that shades the face, scalp, ears, and neck. If one's child chooses a baseball cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
- Use a sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Women’s Committee of the Oakland NAACP celebrated several generations of women leaders at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland Saturday, March 24. The Phenomenal Women Awards program honored 14 women, three posthumously.
Chief Executive Director of the Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. (PIC), Gay Plair Cobb, was honored for her 35 years of activism in Oakland. Cobb spoke of her interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr. and hopes that sometime soon the world will not have to be reminded that “Black Lives Matter.” Cobb participated in the historic freedom rides leading to the desegregation of lunch counters.
Joyce Gordon, owner of Joyce Gordon Gallery spoke of wanting to ensure Black people have a space to showcase their talent. Through her non-profit she nurtures young artists. “I now focus on programs for the youth to cultivate their creativity,” she said.
Just beyond the reception desks at the two Clinica Romero health center sites in Los Angeles are signs in English and Spanish that say: “All Are Welcome,” as do buttons worn by staff members.
That message at the two clinics, which welcome patients regardless of whether they can pay, aims to counter fears that health facilities such as clinics are prime arrest sites for undocumented immigrants.
“We are seeing stressed and worried patients as well as conversations about what could happen to patients among clinic staff,” said Nicole Lamoureux, CEO of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFCC), which has clinics in Fresno, Visalia and Tularc.
Local officials on Friday celebrated the groundbreaking for the three-story William Jenkins Health Center at 150 Harbour Way in Richmond, which is expected to be up and running in about 18 to 22 months.
Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved the $23 million project by Berkeley-based LifeLong Medical Care, which is replacing about 4,300 square feet of existing portable buildings with a 33,742-square-foot healthcare center.
LifeLong aims to use the new facility to consolidate and expand the care it currently provides from three smaller Richmond sites. The provider also operates a healthcare facility in San Pablo, and recently opened one in Pinole.
RICHMOND — LifeLong Medical Care will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 9 for its newest health center, at 150 Harbour Way. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the public is welcome.
The $23 million, LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center is named after the late Dr. William Jenkins Jr., a Greensboro, North Carolina native who opened the first African-American-run pediatrics office in Richmond in 1973 and practiced in the city for five decades, during which he treated more than a million patients, according to an announcement from LifeLong. Jenkins died in 2012 at the age of 83.
The new health center expands pediatric services currently offered at the site and will feature primary care, obstetrics, dental services, and urgent care for families, according to the announcement. Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved plans to replace 4,300 square feet of portable buildings at the site with a 33,742-square-foot health center, LifeLong said. The existing health center will remain open during construction.
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