Comstock's magazine 0519 - May 2019 - Page 96

City of Sacramento dignity health PROVIDING ACCESS TO CARE FOR ALL THOSE WHO CALL SACRAMENTO HOME PICTURED ABOVE [L-R]: MAO VANG, HEALTH PROGRAM SUPERVISOR AT LA FAMILIA COUNSELING CENTER | MANNY ROMERO, PATIENT FINANCIAL SERVICES MANAGER AT SACRAMENTO NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTH CENTER | LIZA KIRKLAND, COMMUNITY HEALTH AND OUTREACH MANAGER, DIGNITY HEALTH D ignity Health’s commitment to incredible partners who are collaboratively improve the quality of life for all working to improve the health and well- Sacramento residents is not only being of some of Sacramento’s most a part of the organization’s mission, but also put into practice through Dignity Health’s Community Grants Program. Funded by Dignity Health, the program awards grants to local nonprofits that are collaboratively addressing community health needs and are innovating to transform service delivery. vulnerable and underserved populations.” Salud Con Dignidad is holistic in its approach to care. The innovative program provides access to comprehensive mental health and health care services, immigration and legal support for victims of human trafficking, and ongoing wellness and educational workshops. A shining example of a community-based As Rosa Flores, program manager for the health improvement project is Salud Con Latino Coalition for a Healthy California Dignidad (meaning “health with dignity”). says, there is a significant need to educate Formed by the Latino Coalition for a underserved populations about their health Healthy California, La Familia Counseling care rights. “Many of the individuals and Center, Sacramento Native American families we work with are unaware about the Health Center and the International Rescue services available to them,” says Flores. “Our Committee, the program provides access to goal is to bring organizations together that culturally competent medical and mental we know will provide the most effective, health care services for the undocumented high-quality care services for our community.” population. Currently in its second year of operation, “Partnering with others who share our Salud Con Dignidad is providing hope for the mission and values is critical in bringing program’s participants. “For the first time, about real and sustainable improvements,” many feel hopeful because they now have says Liza Kirkland, community health and access to quality care,” continued Kirkland. outreach manager for Dignity Health. “Salud “There is such a need for this program, and Con Dignidad is made possible by our we are immensely proud of this partnership.” 96 | May 201 9 “ We are passionate about serving the Sacramento community and partnering with organizations to achieve common goals. — LIZA KIRKLAND ” Community Health and Outreach Manager