While the country struggles with the issue of health care reform, Pasadena is moving forward with a collaborative effort to provide access to primary health care services to all underserved families within the city. To showcase this important project initiated by the Pasadena Child Health Foundation (PCHF), the newly expanded and renovated health clinic at Washington Middle School, 1505 North Marengo Avenue will be open from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12th as part of a special community-wide Open House. On tap to welcome guests and families will be Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent, Edwin Diaz and the Washington Middle School Glee Club.
The Pasadena Child Health Foundation (PCHF) is a private foundation whose purpose is to promote the mental and physical health of children in the Pasadena area. In launching its new three-year funding initiative titled the Child Health Collaborative which involves several Pasadena-area service providers, PCHF will place special emphasis on providing accessible health care to Pasadena's uninsured and underinsured children. The initiative has three primary components. First, to improve access to primary care, the plan calls for the Pasadena Unified School District to provide clinic space and employ a nurse practitioner to staff the clinic beyond the school day. Second, Five Acres, a well-recognized mental health provider will offer counseling services. Another highly regarded local agency, Young & Healthy, operating through neighborhood outreach teams will provide information about clinic services and expertise on health insurance enrollment information.
And finally, by bringing together several important community agencies, the Child Health Collaborative can expand its effectiveness. According to the Chair of the PCHF Board, Jolly Urner, "we wanted to make an impact on kids who might be falling through the cracks. Rather than making individual grants to several non-profits, we are investing in a program that incorporates the expertise of local agencies and brings their skills to an area of high need." Those skills will be available two days each week during after-school hours and the second Saturday of each month.
Child Health Collaborative Open House, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, Washington Middle School 1505 North Marengo Avenue, Pasadena.