PROJECT VENICE FAMILY CLINIC (VFC)
WHAT DO WE DO?
Project VFC works closely with Venice Family Clinic (VFC), a community health clinic that serves low-income patients throughout Los Angeles County. Along with quality primary healthcare, VFC offers various resources to the community such as low-cost dental care, English classes, and fitness classes. Our project supports the diverse needs of the clinic through two committees: the Healthy Kids Committee and the Community Project Committee. The former designs health-themed children's books to be distributed to VFC patients, while the latter organizes fundraisers and unique, annual projects. In addition to the work done by our committees, our project also connects passionate UCLA students with volunteer roles at the clinic.
WHY IS OUR WORK IMPORTANT?
The Healthy Kids Committee (HKC) and the Community Project Committee (CPC) were created in response to COVID-19 as a way of utilizing alternative, innovative ways to serve VFC and the countless people who rely on the clinic for affordable healthcare. HKC makes health education more accessible for a younger audience, while CPC is focused on adapting community projects in a creative way to meet the rapidly evolving needs of underserved populations. Our volunteer roles also support VFC in their own ways:
Healthcare Navigators work to bridge the gap between healthcare resources and low-income patients. We answer any questions they may have about health insurance and/or resources that the clinic or other places have to offer. Furthermore, we survey patients to improve the quality of care of the clinics.
Pediatric Literacy volunteers play an important role in a child’s ability to manage their own health and prevent diseases. Our goal is to improve health literacy in children to help future generations make informed decisions about their health, and to set the foundations of healthy living in these communities for years to come.
Spanish Translators assist volunteer physicians and specialists with patient communication in order to provide quality care for non-english speaking patients. These volunteers will have direct patient contact and are integral for quality care. Fluency in Spanish is required.
WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS GAIN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?
Volunteers in our project will have the opportunity to serve VFC in fun and creative ways as part of either of our two committees. In addition, they are trained to be advocates for the clinic and its patients by connecting with them on a personal level through listening to stories that go beyond their medical history. Members that show continued dedication and passion for VFC's mission and patient care are able to advance their responsibilities and become clinic assistants. These individuals assist physicians by interviewing patients, taking vital signs, and explaining health education materials.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Position: Project VFC Co-Director
Year: 4th Year
Short blurb: Joining MESH my second year here at UCLA was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. From our impact on community health to the friends I've made, there's not a single moment in MESH that I wouldn't relive again. Going out to get Korean BBQ, boba runs, and hiking in San Diego are just a few of the amazing memories I shared with my fellow members in MESH. Aside from MESH, I love going out for hot pot and long road trips.
Position: Project VFC Co-Director
Year: 2nd Year
Minor: Biomedical Research
Short blurb: MESH was the first organization that I joined at UCLA, and I could not be more grateful for the experience I've had. Beyond volunteering at Venice Family Clinic and connecting people in underserved communities to essential resources, I've made friends with so many amazing people. If you're looking to join a family of people who are just as passionate about healthcare equity as you, look no further! Outside of MESH, I like to sketch, binge The Office and Parks and Rec, and fail at cooking.