Blog Archive

SFCHC's Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Sep 30th, 2022

Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires patients to make daily self-management decisions and perform multifaceted care activities. If left untreated, diabetes can result in significant health complications such as cardiovascular disease, vision loss, hearing impairment, and nerve and kidney damage.  SFCHC’s diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs provide individuals and...

Team Member Spotlight: Andre Basmadzyhan Sep 30th, 2022

Dr. Andre Basmadzyhan, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, joined SFCHC as a board-eligible Family Medicine Physician in 2020 and was appointed Chief Medical Officer last May. A native of Glendale, California, he returned home after completing his residency with Adena Health System in Ohio.  With a holistic approach to patient care,...

Meet Our Board of Directors: Cesar De La Cruz Sep 30th, 2022

Cesar De La Cruz, a licensed real estate broker, has a long history of contributing his time and talent to non-profit organizations serving the community. Prior to being appointed Treasurer to the SFCHC Board of Directors in July 2013, he served as Vice Chair on the Mission Community Hospital Board...

Sexual Health: The Risk Is Not Knowing Aug 30th, 2022

Para el español, usa el menú superior derecho Most people, when asked to name methods of HIV prevention, might only be able to come up with one: "Use a condom." But there are several ways someone can protect themselves. It might also surprise people that testing positive for HIV doesn't...

Team Member Spotlight: Anastasia Williams Jul 9th, 2022

  We are honored to welcome Anastasia Williams, MD, FAAP, to our distinguished list of healthcare professionals. Dr. Williams is a Board-Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and specializes in diagnosing and treating a broad range of childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases. She holds...

Meet Our Board of Directors: Joni Novosel Jul 9th, 2022

  Joni Novosel, Director of Community Health for Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center, has dedicated 18 years to improving community health. She previously served as Executive Director of Valley Care Community Consortium, a non-profit health and mental health planning agency, and as Manager of Managed Care for National...

SFCHC's Behavioral Health Program Jul 9th, 2022

  The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the global prevalence of anxiety and depression, as well as the suicide death rate. Communities of color, the young and those already struggling with access to healthcare are among those most affected.  Loneliness, underlying trauma, substance dependence, food and housing insecurity, and financial...

Team Member Spotlight: Armen Okunyan Jul 8th, 2022

  Armen Okunyan is a family nurse practitioner who joined the SFCHC team in 2018. He specializes in providing a wide range of services to patients of all ages, including pediatrics, geriatrics, wound care, chronic care and hospital discharge. He also handles a variety of complicated cases.  Armen has a...

Meet Our Board of Directors: Louise Oliver Jul 8th, 2022

  Louise Oliver, Valley Operations Officer for Goodwill Southern California, has dedicated her life and career to serving the community through her strong support of numerous non-profit organizations. Prior to being appointed Secretary to the SFCHC Board of Directors, she served on the Mission Community Hospital Board of Directors from...

Healthy Moms Have Healthier Babies Jul 8th, 2022

  Healthy women are the foundation of healthy families and communities. Safeguarding the physical, mental and economic well-being of women is essential to all those around them, especially their children. However, studies indicate that women and children in the U.S. experience higher rates of mortality than those in almost all...

Dental Checkups: Because a Great Smile Needs Strong Teeth Jul 2nd, 2022

  You use your teeth for everything: to chew food, to finish thread, to say the letter “t”.  Doesn’t it make sense to take care of them?  The risk of Covid-19 may have gotten you off-track with dental checkups, but San Fernando Community Health Center wants you to know it’s...

New Information for Families During the Formula Shortage Jun 8th, 2022

Reposted from HHS.gov There’s nothing as important to families as the health and safety of their babies, and the formula shortage has left many people feeling anxious about how they’ll feed them. Some young children, teens, and adults with medical needs also rely on formula for their nutrition. They may...

You Manage Everything. You Can Manage Your Health, Too May 27th, 2022

  You do it all. You find sneakers and fill prescriptions, pack lunches, and prep for job interviews. You juggle the world and make it look easy. And with SFCHC here to back you up, you can manage your health, too, throughout your lifetime. It’s Never Too Late Ideally, women...

Anxious About Post-Pandemic Life? Take Things at Your Own Pace Apr 30th, 2022

  COVID-19, along with many other concerns, have caused both children and adults to experience a record level of stress. While anxiety, fear, sadness and exhaustion are common emotional responses when living through a major threat or trauma, mental health issues should never be taken lightly.  Prolonged stress affects all...

Keep Your Kids Healthy and in School Feb 20th, 2022

  With the highly transmissible Omicron variant disrupting classrooms across the nation, the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect children against severe disease and hospitalization. However, pediatric vaccination rates are alarmingly low, increasing the risk of transmission in schools, families and the entire community.  According to...

This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Heart Some Love Feb 5th, 2022

Para el español, usa el menú superior derecho This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, when we think about the people we love.  But are you one of them?  Don’t forget to take care of yourself: February is also American Heart Month.  Protect your heart health, especially by preventing hypertension, so...

The Party Crashers: Hypertension and Diabetes Feb 4th, 2022

On its own, diabetes is a treatable, manageable disease.  Like an uninvited guest at a dinner party, it’s an unwelcome surprise, but not one you can’t handle.  It’s when that uninvited guest brings all of its hard-partying friends that you have a problem.  And one of the most destructive, worst...

ENCONTRANDO SEGURIDAD Y APOYO ¿Estás seguro en casa?¿Es violencia doméstica? Oct 30th, 2021

ENCONTRANDO SEGURIDAD Y APOYO ¿Estás seguro en casa?¿Es violencia doméstica? Le puede pasar a cualquiera. No es tu culpa. La ayuda está disponible. La planificación de la seguridad es importante: Sin ayuda, la violencia doméstica a menudo continúa agravándose con el tiempo. A veces puede volverse mortal. Por favor, sepa...

San Fernando Valley - Vaccinate LA Collaborative - Upcoming Dates & Locations Oct 30th, 2021

Saturday, October 16th SFCHC participated with other healthcare organizations in a comprehensive group effort to vaccinate LA area residents. Big thanks go out to staff, volunteers, and everyone stepping up to help protect our community - and yourselves - from the spread of Covid-19. NEXT SFCHC Event is Saturday, November...

FINDING SAFETY & SUPPORT Are you safe at home? Is it domestic violence? Oct 25th, 2021

FINDING SAFETY & SUPPORT Are you safe at home? Is it domestic violence? It can happen to anyone. It is not your fault. Help is available. Safety Planning is Key - Without help, domestic violence often continues to get worse over time. It can sometimes become deadly. Please know that you...

How Vaccinating Against Covid-19 Became the Easiest Thing You’ll Ever Do Oct 7th, 2021

“Are you vaxxed?”  These days it’s as common a question as “How are you?” and the answers can be just as varied.  If your answer is still “not yet”, San Fernando Community Health Center wants to give you the information and the opportunity you need to change that answer to...

Seek the Care You Need, Even in the Pandemic's Latest Surge Sep 20th, 2021

With COVID-19 cases surging across the nation, the number of intensive care unit and emergency room beds is diminishing at many hospitals.  A high level of virus-related admissions is causing certain elective surgeries to be canceled, as well as delaying treatment for some patients who have suffered a stroke, heart attack,...

Without Immunizations, Their Backpacks Might as Well Be Empty Sep 19th, 2021

Kids’ needs are like their clothes: as soon as they have what fits, they grow and need something different.  This is also true for immunizations, but your SFCHC pediatrician can help keep your child on schedule and protected from illness – and you from missing days of work. With the...

Holy Cross Medical Center awards $150,000 grant to SFCHC Sep 13th, 2021

August 2021 -- Providence Holy Cross Medical Center presented a $150,000 grant to the San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) to provide state-of-the-art healthcare services, prevention, and education to patients in its under-served San Fernando Valley service area. SFCSC’s main campus is located at 732 Matt Street in the city...

Telehealth availability leapt forward with COVID-19. How providers are adapting. Sep 2nd, 2021

Legislation signed by CA Gov. Gavin Newsom extends telehealth payment and other policy flexibilities established during the COVID-19 pandemic through December 2022. That’s good news for CA health centers and supports our work at SFCHC to enhance and expand access to high-quality health care, with an emphasis on the most...

How Do We Love Our Patients?  Let Us Count the Ways Aug 11th, 2021

National Health Center Week (August 8th through 14th) is an annual event spreading awareness about the mission and achievements of health centers across the country.  San Fernando Community Health Center participates every year, this August with a Patient Appreciation Day on Wednesday the 11th.  Patients with appointments on this day...

Regular Family Checkups: Why They’re As Important As Finding the Remote Jul 28th, 2021

Your family: you love them, you’d do anything for them (even on days when they take too long in the bathroom), and if they were in trouble, you’d drop everything to help them.  At San Fernando Community Health Center, there’s a way to make caring for them even easier: by...

Fall 2021: Getting Students Back to School Safely Jul 28th, 2021

As California schools plan to reopen this fall, many are concerned about how to best protect the health and safety of students and their families. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers in-person learning a high priority for children's healthy development and well-being. However, to prevent the...

Have questions about vaccinating your teenage children for COVID-19? May 23rd, 2021

See what SFCHCs Dr. David Solarte, associate medical director for Pediatrics, has to say in this article in The Sun. If you have more questions, please call us at (818) 963-5690.  "When you look at the pros and cons, there is such a minimal risk of getting the vaccine compared...

LA County Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Following FDA and CDC Recommendation Apr 13th, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTE: San Fernando Community Health Centers are currently administering the Moderna Vaccine to all our already scheduled appointments. If you have any concerns or questions on this alternate, please call us at (818) 963-5690. The CDC and FDA have released a communication on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine status,...

Beginning March 15th COVID-19 Vaccines, Eligibility, Availability & More Mar 12th, 2021

San Fernando, CA -- March 12, 2021 On behalf of Audrey Simons, CEO, San Fernando Community Health Center:  San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) is committed to providing state-of-the-art healthcare services to our community, now including COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 rapid testing. As an approved site through the CA Department of...

COMMUNITY NEWS 2021: SFCHC joins Founder's Wall in support of #HOPEWINS Jan 11th, 2021

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission launches new 100-bed Bridge Housing Shelter in Van Nuys Like their companion NoHo Shelter, the Van Nuys facility will provide a full array of homeless services. These will include meals, bedroom cubicles, showers, dog kennels/dog run, mental and physical health services, job training, substance...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

FCC grant information: Aug 10th, 2020

San Fernando Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Northeast San Fernando Valley is pleased to announce that we have received notice on July 21, 2020 that the Health Center was awarded an FCC grant of $112,244.00.  This funding is allocated to the expansion of telehealth...

San Fernando Community Health Center Receives Critical Funding to Aid in Increasing COVID-19 Testing Aug 7th, 2020

San Fernando Community Health Center today announced an infusion of $183,950.in grant funding from the medical aid organization Direct Relief and the Abbott Fund, the foundation of the global healthcare company Abbott. The funding will help San Fernando Community Health Center provide testing, triage and community education related to the...

California Medi-Cal Providers To Receive $13.4M Grants from Health Net to Expand Telehealth Services May 14th, 2020

(Sacramento, CA)—Health Net announced today it has awarded 138 grants, totaling $13.4 million, to support the establishment and expansion of telehealth and telephonic services for California providers serving Medi-Cal members. This is the largest grant of cash dedicated to this cause by a health plan in California. The company had...

Meet Dr. Chiueh, the Dental Director at SFCHC Nov 16th, 2019

  Visiting the dentist can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be an educational and valuable experience. The experience can become more valuable when you have the right dentist. Well, that is where Dr. Chiueh, the dental director at SFCHC, comes in! He has been serving...

Breast Cancer Awareness Oct 17th, 2019

Photo by Miguel Á. Padriñán at Pexels.com Breast Cancer Anyone can develop breast cancer but it is usually found on women who are 50 years and older. Breast cancer is when cells in the breast grow out of control. There are certain reasons that put you at risk for developing breast...

Smile, It is Time to Shine Oct 7th, 2019

Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash ENGLISH Oral health is central to a person’s well-being and quality of life. Yet many American’s suffer from poor oral health due to lack of access to a dental provider, financial reasons, and other health issues that contribute to tooth and gum decay. According...

Reducing Obesity Rates in Children Oct 2nd, 2019

ENGLISH What is Childhood Obesity? The Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines childhood obesity as a body-mass-index, known as BMI, of a child is at or above the 95th percentile of other children in his age group. A BMI, is the weight of a person in kilograms divided...

Flu Season is Here, Get Vaccinated Sep 25th, 2019

Photo by Hyttalo Souza on Unsplash ENGLISH (Español mas abajo) What is the Flu? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It can cause mild to sever illness. Young children, older adults and individuals with the following health conditions are at greater risk: Adults over...

Mom's-to-be, Get Ready for their Little One! Sep 10th, 2019

English: Congratulations to the Childbirth Class graduates of the San Fernando Community Health Center! Preparing for childbirth is one of the first steps in getting ready for your little one. Here are a few other parenting tips as you prepare for parenthood: Talk to your baby. This gives them comfort....

SFCHC Oral Health Award Mar 20th, 2019

HHS awards $156 million to health centers to expand oral health services Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health...

UCLA-First 5 LA Oral Health Program Advances New Era of Healthcare Mar 20th, 2019

The UCLA-First 5 LA Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative (QILC) today recognized the achievements of 22 LA County partner clinics for their efforts to advance the health and well-being of Los Angeles County children – ages 0-5 – by improving their access to quality oral health care and reducing their risk...

New Partnership for San Fernando Community Health Center Jan 26th, 2019

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (PHCMC) has received $300,000 in grant funding from the Wellbeing Institute to help fulfill the vision of the California Mental Health and Wellness Initiative through piloting the Safety Net Integration Program (SNIP). In collaboration with San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC), a Federally-Qualified Health Clinic...

SFCHC Awarded $100,000 through L.A. Care Health Plan’s Oral Health Initiative IX, for 2016-2017. May 17th, 2018

In May 2017, San Fernando Community Health Center was awarded $100,000 by L.A. Care Health Plan’s Community Health Investment Fund (CHIF) 2016 -2017.  The Oral Health Initiative IX (OHI IX) funding has allowed SFCHC to expand our dental clinic access by opening on alternate Saturdays and building our dental provider...

SFCHC Awarded Funds by L.A. Care Health Plan’s Tranquada Initiative VIII Aug 10th, 2017

SFCHC Awarded Funds by L.A. Care Health Plan’s Tranquada Initiative VIII to Provide Assistance to Patients with Disabilities   In August 2017, San Fernando Community Health Center was a recipient of L.A. Care Health Plan’s Robert E. Tranquada Safety Net Initiative VIII for 2017.   L.A. Care Health Plan approved...

Welcome! Jun 20th, 2016

Welcome to our blog! We will be posting news, resources, events, and updates for San Fernando Community Health Center and our entire community. Check back in with us to get the latest news on classes we offer, healthcare news, and community events!