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PROJECT VENICE FAMILY CLINIC (VFC)

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

 

Project Venice works closely with Venice Family Clinic (VFC) at many locations, such as Simms/Mann, Irma Colen, and Rose. VFC is 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. Project VFC aims to connect passionate UCLA students with volunteer roles available at Venice Family Clinic. Potential roles include, but are not limited to: Healthcare Navigator, Pediatric Literacy volunteer, and Spanish Translator. These roles emphasize various needs expressed by both the clinic and the surrounding community. 

 

WHY IS OUR WORK IMPORTANT?

 

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. One of our goals is education about the healthcare system as it can be confusing and overwhelming in trying to find answers. This is important so that our patients are able to make informed decisions and take advantage of resources available to them.

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 required).

*There are many other positions available at Venice Family Clinic as well, and these three are just a few of the main roles you may see at clinic.

 

WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS GAIN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?

 

Volunteers of Project Venice are trained to be advocates for the patient and the clinic by not only connecting them to important resources but also connecting with the patients on a personal level by listening to their stories that go beyond their medical diagnosis and chart. Members that show continued dedication and passion for VFC's mission and patient care are able to advance their responsibilities and become a clinic assistant. Please find the "Clinic Assisting Program" tab to learn more!

 

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS

Wilson Yeh

Position: Project Venice Co-Director

Year: 3rd Year

Major: Psychobiology

Short blurb: Joining MESH and surrounding myself with others who share the same passion for healthcare and medicine has definitely been one of the greatest decisions I've made in my life! Aside from MESH, I'm a huge Packers fan and love going out to get food! Especially spicy stuff!

Sahil Telang

Position: Project Venice Co-Director

Year: 3rd Year

Major: Biology

Short blurb: Hey! I am excited to be your Co-Director for VFC for the upcoming year. I have had the opportunity to be a part of MESH since coming to UCLA and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am looking forward to continuing volunteering with VFC and getting to spend time with all the great people at MESH. In my free time, catch me at Wooden playing pickup or whipping up food in my kitchen.