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“Rosario was about to give up when she was referred to Champions for Health for cataract surgery. She had poor vision in both eyes, which has prevented her from working. She got left eye cataract surgery and, after a delay due to COVID-19, right eye cataract surgery. “It’s okay if we aren’t able to schedule the surgery. At this point, I just want to spend the rest of my years in my homeland and die in peace.” Her husband works in the fields, and it’s just the two of them, so they have no one to depend on for additional support. After having these cataract surgeries, Rosario can work again and feels better about life.”Rosario
“Francisco has been experiencing abdominal pain for a year. He was referred to Project Access San Diego (PASD) through his community clinic Neighborhood Healthcare. Through PASD he was able to obtain a CT scan of his abdomen to find the cause of his pain but the CT scan results were unrevealing. PASD Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Schultz recommended a Colonoscopy.
Francisco works as a painter for a container company, therefore he has no insurance and struggles for access to care. “The only care that I can get is through my community clinic”, he says very frustrated.
Francisco is a great believer in prevention, his uncle died of colon cancer and he thinks it could have been prevented. He is very happy to have found PASD, “I can’t believe there are good people in this world that can help you in situations like this.”Francisco
“The health equity gap is widening, and the need is urgent. We remain committed to this cause -- until every person is treated with the equity and equality they deserve. While we work for lasting, systemic change, we also continue to serve those who have yet to be treated equitably and equally.”