OAKLAND -- For almost two years, Colette Walker has lived in the San Pablo Avenue Corridor, a gritty stretch of gas stations, warehouses, mom-and-pop shops and vacant lots between downtown Oakland and Emeryville.
But she's luckier than many other low-income Oakland residents who cannot afford housing in the country's fourth most expensive rental market. Walker, an epileptic who is on disability and had taken to sleeping on relatives' couches -- resides in one of 137 subsidized housing units in the historic California Hotel.
The Contra Costa Commission for Women will pay tribute to a dozen advocates for their roles in promoting sisterhood.
Set for March 24, the 13th Women's Hall of Fame will honor in the category of Women Creating Community: Donna Kerger, San Ramon Planning Commission chair; Lill Pierce, Knightsen superintendent's secretary; Mary Rocha, Antioch city councilwoman; Qwivander Smith, Heavenly Hair stylist (Antioch); and Synitha Walker, Parents Connected executive director (Antioch).For Women Improving Health, it's Lucinda Bazile, LifeLong Medical Care regional director (Hercules);
SAN PABLO -- A year after the closure of Doctors Medical Center, doomsday predictions of a health care crisis in West Contra Costa County have not come true, as the region's medical industry closed ranks and devised alternative ways to deliver service, officials say.
A new urgent care center now treats 40-odd patients a day, and a nearby county health center has expanded its hours of operation. Ambulance services have been increased, and some area hospitals have increased their emergency room capacity.
At the El Sitio Restaurant in San Pablo, Shirley Gayer sits beside her son Melvin Willis. Willis pushed his mother in her wheelchair from their home, which is many blocks away. Her wheelchair has cobwebs around the metal bars and shows wear and tear from excessive use. They don’t have a car.
Gayer is a former patient at Doctor’s Medical Center, which closed its doors on April 21. This San Pablo mother and son, like many other residents of western Contra Costa County, acutely feel the closure’s impact. DMC, which provided services to the community for over 60 years, fell victim to fiscal pressures despite efforts to save it.
Family nurse practitioner Rory Caygill-Walsh (MS ’15) grew up in a large family, the fifth of six children, in Illinois. When she was 4 years old, her mother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, too late for lifesaving treatment. Caygill-Walsh remembers well her family’s struggle to provide her mother with the best treatments and care.
She also remembers the nurses who helped along the way and who introduced her to the important role that health care providers can play in the lives of those caring for a sick loved one. Her mother passed away when she was 8 years old, but even now, Caygill-Walsh remembers many of the nurses who acknowledged her and what she was going through.
Then, in her 20s, after Caygill-Walsh had moved to California, her 25-year-old sister was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Caygill-Walsh moved to Michigan to become her sister’s main support and health advocate. Yet after several remissions, her sister passed away at the age of 32.
November is National Family Caregivers month. It is a time to celebrate all that our family members and friends do to take care of the growing number of elders in our community who suffer from dementia and other chronic diseases. Click here to read the full article.
California and its counties are exploring ways to provide undocumented immigrants with access to health care. Click here to read the full article.
BERKELEY -- LifeLong Medical Care, a nonprofit community health organization, has opened an urgent care facility at the Herrick Campus of Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, 2001 Dwight Way. Click here to read the full article.
Lifelong Medical Care will hold a grand opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Monday for its 15th health center, in the Ed Roberts Campus on Adeline Street in South Berkeley. Click here to read the full article.
Celebrating 40 Years of Compassionate Care . . .
LifeLong Medical Care Marks Anniversary with Gala Fundraiser & Community Event
Thank you for joining us as we celebrated 40 years of providing high-quality health and social services to underserved people of all ages, regardless of income. Our 4,000+ supporters helped to make LifeLong Medical Care’s 40th Anniversary Gala a success, raising $165,000 — more than ever before!
More than 300 people attended the March 12 Gala in The Oakland Rotunda. Serving as 40th Anniversary Gala Honorary Chair was Betty Reid Soskin, 94 years young and an active National Park Service Ranger at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. LifeLong Medical Care’s Board Chair Kevin D. Williams, JD, MPH, emceed the event.
Rosalind “Bobbie” Singer, Namesake of Bobbie Award, in Attendance
We also were joined by Rosalind "Bobbie" Singer, the namesake of the Bobbie Award, and her son, Dan Roberts. They flew in from Seattle for the special occasion. The Bobbie Award honors extraordinary local residents who have contributed to improving community health and exemplify Singer’s values and vision.
This year all our past Bobbie Awardees were honored, including: 2007 - Dr. Vicki Alexander; 2008 - Dr. Howard Daniel and Mrs. Sally Daniel; 2009 - Rev. Raymond Lankford; 2010 - Hugo Armando Lucero Retana; 2011 - Ralph Silber; 2012 - Julie Sinai; 2013 - Meredith Minkler; 2014 - Irma Anderson; 2015 - José Joel Garcia.
Marty Lynch Honored with Burning Flame Award
LifeLong Medical Care CEO Marty Lynch was honored with a Burning Flame Award for keeping the flames burning at LifeLong for 36 years. A special video tribute to Marty and LifeLong Medical Care on its 40th anniversary also was shown, and you can see it here.
Also, check out photos from the event, courtesy of Henley Photography. Click here.
Betty Reid Soskin
At 94-years-young and an active National Park Service Ranger at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, in Richmond,
we are thrilled she will be joining us as
LifeLong Medical Care’s
40th Anniversary Gala
In 2007, LifeLong Medical Care established the Bobbie Award in honor of long-time health advocate Rosalind “Bobbie” Singer. The award celebrates local residents who exemplify Ms. Singer’s values and vision, and who contribute to improve health in underserved communities.
At our celebration on March 12, we will look forward to honoring the following Bobbie Awardees:
2007 - Dr. Vicki Alexander
2008 - Dr. Howard Daniel and Mrs. Sally Daniel
2009 - Rev. Raymond Lankford
2010 - Hugo Armando Lucero Retana
2011 - Ralph Silber
2012 - Julie Sinai
2013 - Meredith Minkler
2014 - Irma Anderson
2015 - Jose Joel Garcia
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