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Newsletter SPRING 2019 VOL. XV, NO.1
La Clínica TRIUMPH Delivers Healthcare to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patients
La Clínica Dental Expands Specialized Pediatric Care to the Community

La Clínica TRIUMPH Delivers Healthcare to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patients

By Geovanni Ximénez-Garcia y Monteón, Communications Assistant

TRIUMPH care team members
A few of La Clínica TRIUMPH care team members.

La Clínica TRIUMPH Delivers Healthcare to Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patients

La Clínica's commitment to improving the quality of life of the diverse patients it serves means addressing gaps in care for underserved and vulnerable communities.

For many transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, barriers to better health can come in the form of lack of culturally competent providers or previous experiences in discriminatory and hostile clinic environments.

To address this, La Clínica opened TRIUMPH in October 2017 that offers a gender affirming model of care and creates a welcoming medical home for transgender communities in order to increase access to comprehensive health care services.

Since opening, TRIUMPH has welcomed more than 60 new patients who receive full-scope primary care services, as well as hormone therapy and surgery referrals. In addition, HIV prevention and care services are tailored for this patient population to address infection rates at crisis proportions, particularly among trans women of color.

Through its partnership with UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, patients can also access peer health navigators and a supportive social environment during clinic hours as well as monthly gatherings outside of clinic.

Yamilet Flores-Becerra
TRIUMPH patient Yamilet Flores-Becerra was linked to care.

One patient who's been linked to care is Yamilet Flores-Becerra.

Two years ago, Yamilet learned about TRIUMPH through her friend and program Peer Health Educator Arianna Salinas.

Before joining TRIUMPH, Yamilet was taking hormones without medical supervision. She also didn't have access to a medical provider who was culturally competent in transgender healthcare; in fact, she was the first trans patient at her previous medical office.

She eagerly joined TRIUMPH at Arianna's invitation and quickly found comfort and reassurance.

"Everyone here is very friendly and attentive; they care about your wellbeing. You feel as if you are among family so you feel comforted, supported, and protected by them," she said.

Yamilet says this clinic has provided her and other trans patients a new outlook on life.

"For many people this service is a hope for life. This is an opportunity to learn to appreciate your life and to not ruin it in a moment's decision. I'm personally very grateful for La Clínica," she said.

To learn more about this clinic, you can contact Arianna Salinas, Peer Health Navigator, at 510-561-7882.

You can also contact, Layla Welborn, Family Nurse Practitioner for TRIUMPH clinic, at 510-535-3509 (in office M & W only) or by email at lwelborn@laclinica.org.


La Clínica Dental Expands Specialized Pediatric Care to the Community

By Geovanni Ximénez-Garcia y Monteón, Communications Assistant

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La Clínica together with its partners, supporters and other community stakeholders celebrated the Open House for its newly expanded La Clínica Children's Dental Clinic on Friday, February 15, 2019. Since 2003, La Clínica has specialized in serving pediatric patients with special health care needs (SHCN) through this clinic in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Nearly 55% of the more than 6,000 patients served annually are medically compromised with conditions like blood disorders, cancer, cerebral palsy and/or have SHCN like developmental Down syndrome and autism. In addition, this site is only one of 2 children's dental clinics in Northern California that serves pediatric patients on Medi-Cal that need special care and the only children's dental clinic in the country that is connected to a Children's Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center

Since moving into this newly expanded space in September 2018, La Clínica has already served more than 4,100 unique patients, of which 580 were new. The expanded space includes 13 dental chairs and state-of-the-art equipment all throughout and has been designed especially for patients with SHCN. In addition, the wait time to enroll new patients has decreased significantly from 6 months to 1 week. The reach and impact of this clinic go well beyond Alameda County, regularly serving patients from all over Northern California, as far away as the Central Valley, Redding, Chico, Reno and even near the border with Oregon. The clinic is located on 4881 Telegraph Ave in the Temescal District in Oakland.

Thanks to supporters and community members like you who advocated saving and expanding La Clínica's Dental Clinic for the thousands of children with special health needs who will benefit from this resource in years to come.

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