(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 >>