California CareForce provides free dental, vision and medical care to seniors who are underserved and uninsured. Of the patients we serve, 85% will need vision care (vision exams, eye health checks and prescriptions glasses), and at least 90% will need dental care (cleanings, fillings and extractions). It is expected that 43% of the patients we serve will be 50 years of age or older, and 12% will be 65 years of age and older. We provide partial dentures to patients with tooth loss, and we provide hearing screenings, hearing aid cleaning, ear cleaning, and hearing aids for patients. Our goal is to assist seniors to receive the care they need, at no-cost to lessen the financial burden of healthcare. This allows seniors to direct their resources to pay for housing and food.
California CareForce is a unique safety net provider focusing on positive health outcomes, that identifies and addresses patients' immediate health needs by providing emergency, restorative, and preventive dental, vision and medical care to the underserved and at-risk. California CareForce was founded with the intent of filling the gaps in healthcare coverage to low-income and uninsured individuals. We work to increase the provision of quality affordable health services, remove barriers to healthcare, and to improve people's lives by removing the financial burden of healthcare services. Since 2011, our clinics have provided over $15.4 million worth of emergency, restorative and preventive medical, dental, vision and health education services to 35,689 patients with the help of 17,006 licensed professional volunteers and community members at 26 clinic events.
California CareForce has developed a proven effective healthcare delivery model to underserved populations across California. This model consists of a volunteer corps of physicians, registered nurses, dentists, oral surgeons, hygienists, x-ray technicians, dental assistants, pharmacists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, vision lab technicians, interpreters, and general volunteers to run the clinics. This significantly reduces the overall expense of the clinics. California CareForce provides over $1 million worth of medical, dental, vision and health education equipment to establish the temporary free clinics. Services that will be provided at the Monterey clinic include: (1) Medical: Screening for hypertension, and glucose levels, general exams; (2) Dental: X-rays, hygiene, restorative (fillings), extractions; (3) Vision: eye health checks, vision exams, prescription eye glasses made on site (up to 250 pair of glasses made per day); (4) Health Education/Disease Awareness: diabetes and hypertension prevention and management, and oral health education; (5) Referral: By working with other community resources, we utilize the opportunity to connect patients to a healthcare home, in addition to other needed resources (food, education, social services, etc.)
California CareForce promotes the health and well-being of individuals in-need through volunteer supported, no-cost healthcare clinics across California.