Over this past year, Marin Community Clinics was tested. Although we bent, we never broke, and for that, I am grateful. This annual report is all about our impact, and I couldn’t be more proud. You should be too – your continued support enables us to expand our impact.
When you contribute to Marin Community Clinics, you join all of us in “touching lives through health” every day. Thank you for that!
TECH BOOM: A DIGITAL UPGRADE BY NECESSITY
When the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly upended daily life, potentially bringing everything to a screeching hault, Leah Canvasser, Chief Information Officer, began navigating the storm immediately. The IT team set-up employees for remote-work success, deployed new telehealth software that seamlessly connects providers and patients virtually, and boosted virus detection measures.
What does it mean to become a “trauma informed” organization? How can screening for “ACEs” help promote a safe environment? If you’re not familiar with the terminology, that could be because organizations and community health centers are new to implementing a framework for trauma-informed care and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Marin Community Clinics has fully committed to this work, and in doing so is helping lead the charge in California.
Ask any number of our clinicians what the Clinics’ biggest accomplishment was over the past year and you’ll get different passionate, lengthy, and emotional responses. That’s because it’s difficult to summarize our COVID response, or even put it into words. But three consistent themes come through every time: We came together. We stayed committed to our patients. We stepped up on behalf of our shared community.
TRIPLE THE JOY
Meet Paula. On July 7th, she gave birth to triplets at MarinHealth Medical Center (two girls and a boy). Said to be the first set born in Marin County in nearly 20 years, the significance and rareness is not lost on Paula, who describes the experience as “a miracle.” She received all of her OB care at Marin Community Clinics.
AT THE FRONT OF THE FRONT LINES
Due to the up-close and personal nature of dentistry, it is historically one of the riskiest professions in terms of potentially contracting or spreading infectious diseases. With safety being the number one priority, and following strict guidance from the State of California and agencies such as the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the dental team worked to keep doors open throughout the pandemic and remarkably paved the way for the rest of the organization.
OUR UNIQUE APPROACH TO MATERNAL CARE
Pregnancy can be overwhelming. Emotions run high: Joy. Nervousness. Fear. Uncertainty. Not to mention the physical changes during pregnancy. Add to that additional anxiety around the COVID-19 pandemic or struggling to make ends meet. That’s a stressful and tense situation to be in, and unfortunately, over the past year, a common one. Enter Marin Community Clinics’ Obstetrics (OB) team.