According to LifeLong Medical Care acting CEO Melissa Schoen, the grant will be used for critical facility and information technology upgrades and replacement of outdated medical and dental equipment in four of LifeLong's health clinics: West Berkeley Family Practice, Berkeley Primary Care, the Downtown Oakland Clinic, and LifeLong Dental Clinic.
"For 30 years, LifeLong
has provided high quality health and social services to underserved people of all ages," Schoen
said."These grants will enable us to continue to care for those who are low income and without health insurance, and work to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care."
A major provider of medical services to the uninsured and to those with complex health needs in the East Bay, LifeLong
provided approximately 101,000 primary care visits to nearly 17,000 people, among whom nearly half were uninsured, in 2005.Schoen
added that regular care prevented debilitating consequences that are costly to the patient and to California's health care system."Each time a patient chooses to use our primary care services rather than hospital emergency rooms, everyone benefits," she