Healthy Choices

Elica, Cares receive federal funds to serve Sacramento’s poor

Two of Sacramento’s community health clinics got a major boost after U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced the allocation of about $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 health sites serving low-income patients.

The two Sacramento clinics – Cares Community Health and Elica Health Centers – serve low-income residents. Each received $700,000.

Cares will use some of its funds for its upcoming expansion into medical offices at 2000 O St., where it will provide primary care, dental care and behavioral health services in 23 new exam rooms. The grant included a new Federally Qualified Health Center designation, which will help Cares treat more uninsured and underinsured patients.

Elica, which has been a designated FQHC since June 2012, currently has two clinic locations in midtown and West Sacramento. It also runs a “Health on Wheels” mobile van that brings primary care services to low-income children and adults in Sacramento and Yolo counties.

Part of Elica’s $700,000 federal grant will go toward a third clinic site in the Arden-Arcade area, slated to open in September 2016. The grant also will allow Elica to offer physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, substance abuse services and nutrition counseling at its three sites, in addition to primary care, said Elica CEO Elizabeth Cassin.

Elica expects to conduct 60,000 patient visits this year, compared with 45,000 in 2014. Many in the nonprofit health industry have seen an increased need for primary care as more low-income residents enroll in Medi-Cal.

“Elica will work collaboratively with local law enforcement and partner nonprofits to reach individuals who are often forgotten or ignored, to provide them with the treatment and compassion they desperately need,” Cassin said.

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.