Policy Making Location: San Francisco Department of Public Health – San Francisco Health Commission
Policy Area / Topic: Health Care In Immigrant and Low-Income Communities in San Francisco
Policy Problem: Undoccumented Immigrant and Low Income Children and Family Health Care Equity
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This program will be founded by Grants and donations through the city of San Francisco. Giving Undoccumenetd and low income children and family quality care for Health services. Low-income families can face personal, community, and systemic barriers to receiving public support for work, health, and family well-being.
The program will provide health resources and mental health care services for Undocumemnted Immigrant and Low Income Children and Families. While providing resources, the program will implement accessing benefits include language and informational issues, cultural norms that discourage receipt of government benefits, and, particularly among undocumented or mixed-status families.
San Francisco is home to many Immigrant communities and low income children and families, this program will be supported by the community to aid and find needed resources.
Policy and practice influences on benefit enrollment rates include state-level policy differences in eligibility guidelines, ease of enrollment and recertification, and outreach and information publication
Although, health care is a basic human right and everyone should have access to it. Some individuals may not agree with our plan and program, but in San Francisco is home to many immigrant and low-income children and families. ”
Policy Proposal #1
Clinic Bus / The clinic bus will provide basic medical attention (headaches, birth control, full-body physical) to low-income communities and undocumented families in San Francisco. The bus clinic will help patients ages 2 to 80 years old.
The Clinic Bus will accept medical interns to work for free to gain experience (interns will receive hours) by working side by side with a professional doctor. The San Francisco clinic bus is a private, nonprofit organization that receives no insurance payments or government funds. The funding depends entirely on financial donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations.
There would be doctors working with interns diagnosticating patients. This will allow the patient to feel better and the interns will have an educational learning experience that will allow them to give back to their communities.
The cost of the clinic bus will be low. This will encourage people to help with this effort and donate or help in any other way.
The patient immigration status or other information won’t be shared with anyone allowing the patient to have trust in the clinic bus system in order to build trust into the community to ask for help in the future
Policy Proposal #2
Building Free Clinics for low-income and immigrant families
The clinics that will be free to low-income and immigrant families may be of high cost to the city. Building a clinic requires buying a building. There are no fees for low-income and immigrant families. The clinic is funded by the city and private donors.
Doctors who offer their services will be able to do proper diagnosing and a basic physical check-up. The clinic will be able to provide additional health services and education to the community.
After patients visit the clinic, they are encouraged to spread the word to their peers, so they can seek help. This builds trust between the clinic and the immigrant and low-income community.
The clinic protects patients’ private information. It will be accessible to everyone and give patients the freedom to seek health care without fear of cost, fear of document status, or fear of trusting the system.
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