Arroyo Vista Dedica el Centro Ruby Cedillo Para el Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes

October 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

La fallecida esposa de un concejal de Los Ángeles fue reconocida el lunes como la inspiración detrás de la legislación que ha resultado en que decenas de miles de mujeres de bajos ingresos, en su mayoría latinas, tengan acceso a tecnología potencialmente salvadora de vidas y tratamiento contra el cáncer de seno.

El concejal Gil Cedillo y la directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, en la dedicación del Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes de Ruby Cedillo en Highland Park el lunes.

El concejal Gil Cedillo y la directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, en la dedicación del Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes de Ruby Cedillo en Highland Park el lunes.

El Centro de Salud Familiar Arroyo Vista (Arroyo Vista Family Health Center) en Highland Park el lunes se dedicó formalmente y renombro su Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes en honor a Ruby Cedillo, la esposa del concejal Gil Cedillo quien murió de cáncer de seno en 2002.

Octubre es el mes de concientización sobre el cáncer de mama y las cintas rosadas que simbolizaron la lucha contra el cáncer en todas partes. El nombramiento del centro después de Ruby llama la atención sobre las innumerables mujeres que han perdido la vida por la enfermedad y los avances en el tratamiento y la detección temprana que podrían salvar muchas vidas.

La directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, le dijo a la multitud reunida que la legislación co-redactado de Cedillo durante su tiempo en la asamblea resultó en una subvención de $284,000 para comprar la costosa mamografía y otros equipos de diagnóstico en el centro de imágenes y cuidado de senos de la clínica.

El equipo, dijo, está salvando las vidas de mujeres como Olga Hernández de Lemus, una paciente cuyo cáncer de mama fue descubierto por una mamografía de rutina tomada en la clínica comunitaria y que ahora está llegando al final de su exitoso tratamiento contra el cáncer.

AB 2875 o el Programa de Subvención de Cedillo-Alarcón, autorizó la financiación de clínicas comunitarias que a menudo son la primera línea y la red de seguridad en la prestación de servicios de atención médica a las mujeres sin seguro de salud.

El equipo sofisticado disponible hoy en Arroyo Vista no estaba disponible para mujeres sin seguro de salud o con recursos financieros limitados, dijo Estradas.

Arroyo Vista fue la primera clínica en ofrecer mamografías en el lugar, dijo Estradas, agregando que todavía hay solo dos o tres clínicas comunitarias en el condado de Los Ángeles que brindan la detección diagnostica importante a mujeres de bajos recursos.

Mientras que Ruby no era paciente de Arroyo Vista, al igual que muchos de sus pacientes, luchó para encontrar la atención y el tratamiento que necesitaba. En el momento en que fue diagnosticada, los Cedillos no tenían seguro médico porque su esposo acababa de perder su trabajo en el sindicato en donde trabajaba. La pareja lucharía por obtener atención medica de Ruby, pidiendo favores y referencias de amigos y utilizando los servicios de clínicas comunitarias como Arroyo Vista, según el concejal.

El concejal Gil Cedillo y la directora ejecutiva de Arroyo Vista, Lorraine Estradas, en la dedicación del Centro de Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes de Ruby Cedillo en Highland Park el lunes.

Ruby estaba llena de vida, era una ávida aficionada a los deportes y le gustaban los LA Lakers y los UCLA Bruins, y los Bulldogs de la preparatoria Garfield. Apasionada por cuestiones que afectan a las personas, se involucró en las campañas políticas de personas que pensaba que podrían marcar una diferencia y visitó y asesoró a niños en situación de riesgo en instalaciones juveniles locales, según el concejal.

Dirigió la escuela bíblica de vacaciones en la Iglesia Cristiana Cuadrangular en Garvanza, donde había sido miembro durante años.

Al final, Ruby perderá su batalla contra el cáncer de mama.

La lucha por lo que ella pasó fue la inspiración detrás de AB 2875, dijo Cedillo.

Derek Oye, de la Sociedad Estadounidense del Cáncer, dijo el lunes que los servicios prestados en el ahora llamado Ruby Cedillo Cuidado de Mama e Imágenes (Ruby Cedillo Breast Care and Imaging Center) son “únicos y especiales”.

Una de cada ocho mujeres será diagnosticada con cáncer de mama y el 16 por ciento perderá su lucha contra la enfermedad, dijo Oye. Hoy en día, hay más mujeres que sobreviven, pero muchas más sobrevivirán si tienen mejor acceso a exámenes de detección temprana como los que se ofrecen en Arroyo Vista.

Como grupo, las latinas tienen la tasa más baja de mamografías, solo 46 por ciento, dijo Oye. La pobreza, el no acceso al seguro de salud es un gran problema, es por eso que el trabajo que hace Arroyo Vista es tan importante, dijo Oye, felicitando a Estradas, al personal del centro y a la junta directiva por el trabajo que hacen.

Desde el 2004, Arroyo Vista ha administrado 26,000 exámenes clínicos de senos y 21,000 mamografías, según el presidente de la junta, Roger Estrada. El equipo dedicado del centro brinda administración de casos y seguimiento a los proveedores de atención primaria de los pacientes en las cinco Clínicas Vista de Arroyo. Arroyo Vista brinda atención médica a pacientes sin importar su estado migratorio.

Olga Hernández de Lemus es una de las pacientes que puede dar fe de la calidad de la atención que Arroyo Vista ofrece a sus pacientes.

El concejal Gil Cedillo cerró sus comentarios al sorprender al personal y la junta de Arroyo Vista con un cheque de $25,000 para su cuidado continuo de las mujeres. (Foto por Steve Weingartn)

El concejal Gil Cedillo cerró sus comentarios al sorprender al personal y la junta de Arroyo Vista con un cheque de $25,000 para su cuidado continuo de las mujeres. (Foto por Steve Weingartn)

Lemus fue a Arroyo Vista en 2015 para un chequeo después de haberse desmayado. Durante el examen, ella mencionó que no se había hecho una mamografía en más de un año y la clínica inmediatamente arregló una para ella. Pronto recibió una llamada informándole que la mamografía había detectado algo y que se necesitaban más pruebas.

“Sentí mi pecho y no podía creer que tuviera un bulto”, contó Lemus en español. “Estaba asustada”.

Las pruebas revelaron que Lemus tenía cáncer de mama.

Arroyo Vista hizo arreglos para que se sometería una mastectomía y radiación. Registraron sus tratamientos y proporcionaron el estímulo que tanto necesitaban, dijo Lemus.

Fue muy duro, muy doloroso, dijo ella.

“A veces solo quería darme por vencida, pero me dije que podía hacerlo, no puedo darme por vencida”, dijo ella, diciendo a la audiencia que Arroyo Vista le había salvado la vida.

Dirigiéndose a Cedillo, con lágrimas en los ojos y la voz quebrada, agradeció al concejal por su participación en su supervivencia.

“Sin un líder como usted, las mujeres no tendrían un centro como Arroyo Vista”, dijo Lemus.

Visiblemente emocionado, Cedillo calificó de “agridulce” el nombre del centro para su esposa fallecida.

Dijo que Ruby se habría sentido muy orgulloso y que está a su lado mientras trabaja para llevar a buen término a lo que querían hacer para ayudar a los trabajadores pobres.

El cáncer puede pasarle factura a una familia, dijo Cedillo. Es uno de los momentos más horribles en su vida, dijo.

“No entiendo por qué a la gente le gustan las películas de terror, la vida es lo suficientemente aterradora”.

Cedillo cerró sus comentarios al sorprender al personal y la junta de Arroyo Vista con un cheque de $25,000 para su cuidado continuo de las mujeres.

“Este dinero nos ayudará a brindar servicios a muchas más mujeres”, dijo Estradas.

Get Your Car Checked, Take A Self-Defense Class, Start Celebrating Dia de los Muertos-Find Out Where On EGPNews’ Community Calendar

October 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Friday, Oct. 20

First of Two Free Women’s Self-Defense Workshops Oct. 20 (Koreatown) & Oct. 21 (Downtown L.A.) sponsored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. Learn how to protect yourself; discuss legislation on women’s issues. Locations: Koreatown-Olympic Community Police Station 1130 S. Vermont Ave. LA 90006); DTLA-Ketchum-Downtown YMCA 401 S. Hope St. LA 90071. For more info, call (213) 620-4646.

Saturday. Oct. 21

9am-1pm–Free Visual Car & Car Seat Inspection at the Highland Park Senior Center. Visual inspection includes lights, wipers, belts, hoses, vehicle battery & much more. Make sure your child’s car seat is safely installed. Senior Center located at 6152 N. Figueroa St. Highland Park, 90042. For more info, call (323) 255-7913.

3-9pm–Dia de Los Muertos Event at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, hosted by Sup. Hilda Solis, LA County Parks & Rec and Casa Cultural Saybrook. Enjoy live entertainment, altars, and artists. Center is located at 4801 E. 3rd St., LA 90022. Free admission. For more info, call (323) 260-2360 or visit http://parks.lacounty.gov.

3-10pm–Dia de los Muertos Festival in El Sereno on Huntington Drive. Enjoy traditional procession, Taste of El Sereno, Altartwalk, artisanal vendors, children’s games & more. Free admission. For more info, email Angie@elserenocommunityarts.com.

Sunday, Oct. 22

12-2:30pm–Lost Cemeteries of Los Angeles, Walking Tour with the Barrio Boychik. Meet at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes – in front of “La Tienda” Bookshop: 501 N. Main St., LA 90012. For tickets & more info, visit Tickets by Eventbrite.

11am-2pm–Pet Care Fair sponsored by SEAACA & Bell Gardens Police Department at Veterans Park: 6662 Loveland St. Free Admission. Event includes a low-cost vaccination clinic, pet licenses and/or microchipping, pets for adoption, pet costume contest & parade. Prizes throughout the day. Free hot dogs for every person who gets their dog or cat vaccinated, chipped or licensed at the fair. For more info, contact Bell Gardens Police Det. Benson at (562) 806-7618; for information on animal adoptions, visit the SEAACA website at www.seaaca.org.

Monday, Oct. 23

10:30-11:30am–Attend the Dedication of the Ruby Cedillo Breast Care and Imaging Center at the Arroyo Vista Family Health Center in Highland Park. Dedication is in conjunction with the observance of Breast Cancer Aware Month. Refreshments will be served. Arroyo Vista is located at 6000 N. Figueroa St, LA 90042. For more info or to RSVP, call Irene Holguin at (323) 987-2007 or email iholguin@arroyovista.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

6-8pm–First of Two Open Houses to Review Boyle Heights Community Plan Update-Repeats Sat., Oct. 28. Open Houses will showcase the draft plan update and proposed zoning. Locations: Oct. 24 (6-8pm) at Roosevelt High School Cafeteria, 456 S. Mathews St. LA 90033; Oct. 28 at Boyle Heights City Hall (10am-1pm) 1st Fl. Meeting Rm, 2130 E, 1st St., LA 90033. For more info, visit www.bhplan.org .

Wednesday, Oct. 25

6pm–Opening Night-Free Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Novenario & Festival at Olvera Street in downtown LA. Nine consecutive nights of pageantry, featuring processions in traditional day of the dead dress, blessings, music, face painting, colorful public altars, dance & great food. Presented by the Olvera Street Merchants Assoc, & El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Day time & evening events. For more information & a schedule, visit www.olveraevents.com.

Upcoming

Ford Invites You to Share Your Love of the City Oct. 28 at the Dia de Los Muertos event at Forever Hollywood Cemetery. See new Ford vehicles, enjoy Day of the Dead activities, altars, music, food & much more. Time: 12pm to 12am. Forever Hollywood Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038.

Arroyo Vista Recognizes Local LAPD Officers

August 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Arroyo Vista Family Health Center and the Lincoln Heights Benefit Association of Los Angeles (BID) celebrated National Health Center Week with a free health fair last week. Arroyo Vista, with clinics in Highland Park, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights, and the BID also took time to recognize the LAPD’s foot beat officers assigned to Lincoln Heights, Jose Romo and Lawrence Martinez. Arroyo Vista’s Executive Director Lorraine Estrada (center) and Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents Lincoln Heights, presented certificates of recognition to the “two outstanding officers for keeping our community safe,” according to his office. Captain Martin Baeza, Hollenbeck Division thanked the officers for their commitment and Steve Kasten and Misty Iwatsu the BID”s executive director, also presented certificates.

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For Latinos, Ideas About ‘Quality Healthcare’ Need to Evolve

September 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Miguel Angel Chavez was born with “crooked” feet.

Now 36-years-old, he’s already endured two reconstructive surgeries to try to correct the problem. Today, Chavez makes no bones about the pain he suffers daily, or his need for medication just to keep walking.

Chavez lives in Pico Rivera but travels once a month to a clinic in Highland Park where he receives ongoing treatment for the problem with his legs and feet. He also gets help dealing with a past brush with drug abuse.

His problems can be traced back to the chronic pain caused by his birth defect, he told EGP. “I was three months old when I had my first foot surgery,” he explains, adding he was two-years-old before he started to walk.

Miguel Angel Chavez is glad his Medi-Cal plan covers treatment for the pain in his legs, a pre-existing condition. (EGP Photo Alfredo Santana)

Miguel Angel Chavez is glad his Medi-Cal plan covers treatment for the pain in his legs, a pre-existing condition. (EGP Photo Alfredo Santana)

“I tell my doctor that my feet hurt and ask him to give me pain medication,” said Chavez, explaining his doctor listens but must still be convinced he needs the pain medication to get by.

According to Chavez, he has never used orthopedic devices to alleviate his pain, but does wear high-top leather boots to support his ankles and shins, a practice he says tires out his legs.

Born in Twenty-Nine Palms, CA., Chavez said he is blessed Medi-Cal has paid for almost all his medical procedures  — despite his bouts with opiates and alcohol.

He thanks Obamacare for expanding his health coverage, which has made it easier to get care despite his pre-existing condition.

Lea este artículo en Español: ‘Salud Médica de Calidad’ Evoluciona Entre los Latinos

“I’m not into politics and I am a Christian, ” points out Chavez, a reference to the ongoing efforts by Republicans and some conservative, right-leaning groups to dismantle President Obama’s landmark expansion of healthcare. “ But I think Obamacare is wonderful: It has helped me a lot,” he told EGP.

Chavez’ story is just one of the many examples of people who now have medical insurance coverage and are trying to get it to work for them in a way they think best meets their need.

Healthcare providers are now being challenged to meet those expectations, some of which are long-rooted in what patients like Silvia Nuevo think quality healthcare looks like.

Nuevo’s three children attend Richard Riordan Primary Center on Monte Vista Street in Northeast Los Angeles. She told EGP she takes each of them for a medical checkup at least once a year. Nuevo said she doesn’t worry about taking them to the doctor when they catch the flu or some other illness because they have Medi-Cal.

In her view, her children are getting the right care if the doctor prescribes an antibiotic or some other type of medicine.

“I tend to expect the doctors to give them medicine, or a prescription. That’s what I think” they should do, said the Highland Park resident in Spanish. She wants her children to stay healthy and if she thinks the doctor is doing a poor job, she’ll find another one.

According to health experts, most Latino patients expect doctors to give them a prescription for medicine if they are sick, either to take in the doctor’s office or at home.

The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, has expanded coverage to thousands of low-income Latinos who can now afford to receive medical care at clinics and hospitals.

While the increased number of younger Latinos with coverage is being celebrated, medical professionals say they are still struggling to change patients’ attitudes toward prescription drug and alcohol consumption.

A study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation released in July reported that 68% of all eligible Californians are enrolled in Covered California — the healthcare marketplace exchange run by California’s Department of Healthcare Services — compared to only 58% insured when the first round of enrollments opened in 2014.

The survey, titled “California’s Previously Uninsured After the ACA’s Second Open Enrollment Period,” reported that 88% of all the insured receive subsidies to help them pay for their policies.

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said these figures clearly show that Obamacare is working as intended in California.

In 2014, Covered California subsidized 348, 938 residents in Los Angeles County alone, excluding Medi-Cal recipients. Across the state, 200,261 Mexican-Americans received some form of subsidy, compared to 2,745 Puerto Ricans and 1,537 Cuban-Americans. People of mixed ancestry totaled 8,647.

Covered California reported that 28% of all new enrollees this year identify as Latino, including 228,766 who signed up for private insurance plans. Half of the 311,741eligible enrollees, who did not pick a coverage plan before the Feb. 15 deadline, self-identified as Latino, according to Covered California.

The question remains, however, does having health insurance change people’s habits when it comes to when and where they get their care, or what they expect doctors to do for them?

In Chavez’ and Nuevo’s cases, the answer would appear to be no.

Young adult and adolescent Latino patients, particularly those born in this country, have stubborn mindsets about prescriptions, but don’t always get want they want.

In addition to a heavy school load, many young Latinos have to work to contribute to their families’ finances, and some will succumb to the stress and pressure from friends at parties, where they’ll mix drugs and alcohol.

Dr. Martha Rivera, a pediatrician who sees young adults at Optimal Healthcare Center in Boyle Heights, said family interaction is an important part of achieving a better health balance for youth who suffer from anxiety, and may self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

“I do integrated medicine, which includes prevention and nutrition and many of my patients walk out without prescriptions,” Rivera said. “Instead, I tell them to avoid medical marijuana or more and more medicine,” the doctor explained. “I teach them relaxation [techniques] to avoid chemical imbalances. We are getting back to basics.”

Rivera said most of the 35-40 patients she sees a day are under 21: on Oct. 1, she will open a new office where she will see more adults.

“I mostly see patients with Medi-Cal, who pay out of their pocket for the cost of medicine when they get prescriptions, like Tylenol. They pay with cash. They find out it’s better to do that than to go to McDonald’s,” Rivera said about her effort to change their way of thinking. “Most find Obamacare very confusing,” she said, but “want to find out how it works.”

Obesity rates among young Latinos is high, which puts them at higher risk for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, the doctor said.

Rivera, whose clinic is within the White Memorial Medical Center complex, said she recently started a series of health classes to encourage Latino parents to vaccinate their offspring early and to improve nutrition and preventive care among youth and adults.

“We really want to avoid fatty foods in the Latino culture. I know that is difficult, knowing how adults and people think within the Latino culture, but we need to do it,” Rivera stressed.

Meanwhile, Hector Flores, a physician who heads the family medicine program at White Memorial, says adult immigrants feel at ease when they visit a doctor who understands their language and many of their cultural traits.

Flores said many patients expect their healthcare providers to guide them through the insurance process, including finding a primary physician, but will still resort to going to the emergency room when sick even though they have purchased private healthcare policies.

“These patients have medical expectations that come down to three basic things: they prefer physicians who speak Spanish, know the culture [and] they expect respect for these traits,” Flores said. “Second, they need our help and expect us to help them navigate Obamacare to make the most out of it. And third, doctors must be willing to listen and talk about family and cultural issues that affect their psychological and physical wellbeing,” Flores said.

Alicia Gonzalez, a public relations specialist with White Memorial, said the additional people Obamacare has brought coverage to has not decreased the number of patients being treated in the hospital’s emergency room. The hospital’s website reported 40,000 patients were treated last year.

“I don’t believe Obamacare has changed the visits at the ER. The situation is the same,” she said.

Community Clinics Vital, Says Becerra

August 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Speaking at Arroyo Vista Family Health Center’s clinic in North Central Los Angeles, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra last week commended the health care provider for decades of work to ensure residents in low-income communities have access to quality health care.

His remarks came during an event celebrating National Health Center Week (NHCW), an annual observance to recognize community health centers that deliver comprehensive, preventive and primary healthcare to patients regardless of issues such as ability to pay or legal status.

Our clinics are for the community and by the community, said Arroyo Vista Board President Roger Estrada during last week’s event. He called Becerra a champion of healthcare and said the nonprofit is honored to have the congressman’s support.

“Places like this one is where families can come, even if they don’t qualify for health insurance or federal assistance,” Becerra said, pointing out there is still much work to be done on the issue of access.

 U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra commends Arroyo Vista Family Health Center for their service to the community. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra commends Arroyo Vista Family Health Center for their service to the community. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

“We want every single person in this country, regardless of their [immigration] status, to have an opportunity to have health care,” Becerra said.

The Arroyo Vista healthcare network includes five community health clinics and a mobile clinic. In the greater Northeast L.A. area alone, clinics serve over 25,000 people a year, according to Arroyo Vista spokesperson Irene Holguin.

“Our mission is to offer access to high quality, comprehensive and affordable healthcare services,” she said.

An outgrowth of the Health Center Program that started in 1965 with just two clinics — one in Mississippi, the other in South Boston — Arroyo Vista is one of 1,300 health centers today providing primary health care to nearly 23 million underserved individuals across the country.

Providing healthcare to children is one of the most important reasons these clinics exists, Becerra told EGP. He said too many families and individuals still struggle with whether “they can take their son or daughter to the doctor or to the hospital” because of the cost.

Becerra said he was “lucky” growing up because his father had a union job that included health coverage, so his family of seven never worried about healthcare. “Everybody should be able to say the same,” he said.

Arroyo Vista and other community clinics are a safety net for low-income families and individuals, whether legally in the country or not. They provide a range of medical, dental, and other healthcare services, such as optometry, imaging and access to medications, often at no or very little cost. Arroyo Vista’s health fairs offer free health screenings and education, flu vaccines and childhood immunizations.

According to Becerra, healthcare ranks high on his list of priorities, right next to education.

“Just because you work hard and earn less, that doesn’t mean you should be treated differently,” Becerra said. Not being able to take off work when you are ill because you can’t afford to miss a day’s pay in unacceptable, he said. It’s even harder if you are undocumented, Becerra said.

The congressman voted for the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, signed into law in 2010. The law, intended to lower the number of medically uninsured in the U.S., mandates levels of care to be provided by health insurers and provides wider access to affordable healthcare insurance through both public and private providers.

John Sawyer, director of federal affairs with the National Association of Community Health Centers, said his group is very proud to be working hand in hand with the congressman to provide resources to clinics that are seeing droves of “new people coming as a result of the Affordable Care Act.”

Without federal funding, clinics wouldn’t have been able to handle all the people, Becerra told EGP. “They would’ve had to cut some of the doctors and nurses or tell some of the people ‘you can’t come,’” Becerra said. “Or they would’ve had to charge a lot of people more than what they could afford,” he said.

Whether the healthcare battle will be resolved by the 2016 presidential elections is unclear, but according to Becerra, Congress has to work out a solution because it is “embarrassing” that the U.S. is still “the only industrialized nation in the world that does not offer all its people affordable healthcare.”

“We came a lot closer with the Affordable Care Act; 17 million families now have insurance and they can walk into a facility with dignity…[but] we still have a lot of work to do,” Becerra said.

“It took more than 40 years to get ACA done, how quickly will we perfect this? Who knows, but we will continue working on it.”

 

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