California Community Builders

M&L Telemedicine Center

California Community Builders (CCB) requests a grant for a review of health access opportunities for low-income residents within and in proximity to Firebaugh California. The objective is to create a telemedicine facility for this community’s most at risk residents.

California Community Builders

http://www.ccbuilders.org
1918 university avenue
Suite 1B
Berkeley
94704

Contacts:
Ivonne Rosales
510-841-4585
Louis Briones
510-841-4585

Who We Serve

Ethnicities: Hispanic or Latino, Caucasian or White and Non-Hispanic
Languages: Spanish
Genders: Male, Female
Incomes:
  • Under $20,000
Ages:
  • 5 to 11 (k-5)
  • 11 to 14 (6-8)
  • 15 to 17 (9-12)
  • 18 to 24 (18-29 Pew)
  • 25 to 34 (30-49 Pew)
  • 35 to 44 (50-64 Pew)
  • 45 to 54 (65+ Pew)
  • 55 to 64
  • 65 or older
Education Level:
  • Less than High School
  • High School Graduate
  • Some College
Rural: Yes

Who We Are

Program Launch Date:December 31, 1969 - 17:33
Date Founded:December 31, 1969 - 17:33
People Served:Entire Firebaugh Community
Staff:0 - 15
Staff and Volunteers Involved:3
Number Impacted:3,000
Annual Budget:$500,000 - $1.5 million
Percent of Total Funding:
Corporations:80%
Individuals:20%

What the Project Does

Objectives

• To document the necessity of a telemedicine center in proximity to Firebaugh, California. • To identify interested partners and organizations • To document about the process of implementing a center in Firebaugh incorporating Broadband and Telemedicine technology. • To research funding opportunities.

Strategies

Before embarking on developing a center catered to providing telemedicine services California Community Builders would like the opportunity to assess the feasibility of providing a Telemedicine Center in partnership with the city’s local primary care provider and specialists in the Bay Area. • To document the necessity of a telemedicine center in proximity to Firebaugh, California. • To identify interested partners and organizations • To document about the process of implementing a center in Firebaugh incorporating Broadband and Telemedicine technology. • To research funding opportunities.

Accessibility Plan

The shortage of health care providers and growing population of California’s Central Valley provides the opportunity to review the need of a telemedicine technology in Firebaugh, California. The San Joaquin Valley has been declared as the most likely health service market to benefit from the adaptation of Telemedicine yet attempts to implement have been slow and ineffective. Nearly 8,000 residents with as many as 90% of Latino descent rely on one primary care provider in Firebaugh. With the nearest Senior Center 40 miles away, local senior residents are deprived of a health facility and services. Chronic diseases and diabetes are of major concern in the San Joaquin Valley with very little specialists available. Latinos, who are twice as likely to suffer from diabetes than non-Latinos , often go unmonitored due to lack of access to these services and specialists. The remote location and economic hardships prevent many of these cases from pursuing health care treatment out of Firebaugh. The ‘Digital Gap’ is imperative in measuring the feasibility of a telemedicine facility in Firebaugh. A study by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute shows that even with limited access to telecommunications residents would participate in using the computer and Internet to communicate with their practitioner. The limited access to Broadband makes it difficult for patients and doctors to adopt the new technology but both show great enthusiasm to undertake the challenge.

How We Measure Success

Outcomes

The community at large will benefit from the Telemedicine facility in the Miller & Lux Multifamily and Senior Apartments.

Metrics for Evaluation Progress:

Our rate of success will be measured by the findings in our review. It is our understanding that there is a need for specialized care in the City of Firebaugh. If we find this to be true we will measure our success by how many individuals use the M&L Telemedicine Center. The onsite facility will be open to the San Joaquin Villas, 21-unit for-sale community that was CCB's first development in Firebaugh, and to the Miller & Lux Multifamily and Senior Apartments that will house upto 37 families and 22 senior units all which will be 100% affordable.

Changes in Outcomes or Metrics Over Time:

We do not expect any change in outcome.

How long it takes to secure results:

4 months.