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Half-century After “Summer of Love,” Free Clinics Still Play Vital Role

August 15, 2017

JAMA, by Rita Rubin, August 15, 2017 Read on the JAMA website Growing up in Bakersfield, California, in the 1950s, the grandson of Oklahoma farmworkers, David Smith, MD, had never envisioned himself as an activist. But in 1967, when Smith lived in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and worked as a clinical toxicology postdoc, the growing counter-culture revolution […]

Researchers Want to Know Why Anti-Opioid Drug Is Being Underused

August 9, 2017

Healthline, by Shawn Radcliffe on August 9, 2017 Read on the Healthline website Barriers still exist in getting primary care physicians to treat patients with opioid addiction during office visits. With millions of Americans suffering from opioid use disorder, many tools are needed to tackle the opioid epidemic. But these tools can only help if […]

Construction on our new Integrated Care Center is complete

June 29, 2017

Services to begin later this summer The paint is dried, the floors are polished, and we received the Certificate of Final Occupancy which means… we can move in! In preparation for our big move and opening, staff is starting to box up the contents of their offices. Furniture from our warehouse that held two years’ […]

Gender Recognition Act crucial for nonbinary identification

June 20, 2017

San Francisco Examiner, by Dr. Dawn Harbatkin, June 20, 2017 Read on the San Francisco Examiner website Thousands of Californians see their gender misrepresented on state-issued identification cards every day. A bill overwhelmingly passed by the state Senate can start righting this wrong. If passed by the Assembly, Senate Bill 179, the Gender Recognition Act, […]

SF homeless count reveals impact of programs for youths, adults

June 17, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle, by Kevin Fagan, June 17, 2017 Read on the San Francisco Chronicle website Spackled into last week’s 80-page report detailing San Francisco’s latest homeless count were two big revelations: While the number of homeless youths plummeted 40 percent, the population of severely troubled homeless adults shot up 31 percent. What the statistics show, […]

San Francisco’s Haight celebrates Summer of Love at Haight Ashbury Street Fair

June 11, 2017

SFGATE, by Peter Hockaday, June 11, 2017 Read on the SFGATE website This year’s Haight Ashbury Street Fair had an extra dose of hippie. The 40th anniversary of the street fair was also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco.  Among the usual street-fair staples of barbecue, t-shirt vendors and drumming, […]

Costs of teen drug addiction

June 9, 2017

Mercury News, By DARRYL CERENO | Mosaic, June 9, 2017  Read on the Mercury News website John recently turned 20, marking his third year of homelessness. He was originally from Oregon, but traveled south with a couple of friends. He hasn’t seen his family in years. John is a recovering heroin and amphetamine abuser who started using […]

New York Times: California Today

June 7, 2017

New York Times, by Mike McPhate, June 7, 2017 Read on the NYTimes website … And Finally … It was 1967, the year of the Summer of Love, and hippies were streaming into San Francisco. Substance abuse was a growing problem, and some felt the medical establishment was failing to confront it. That prompted Dr. […]

HealthRIGHT 360 and Women’s Community Clinic to Merge, Expanding Access to Care for Low-Income Women and Girls in the Bay Area

May 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2017      MEDIA CONTACTIvan Becerra | 415.392.1000  SAN FRANCISCO —  HealthRIGHT 360, one of California’s largest community health care providers, and Women’s Community Clinic, a nonprofit provider of health services for low-income women and girls in the Bay Area, today announced plans to merge. The merger will bring together two of San […]

CA safe injection bill takes next step

May 4, 2017

By Liz Highleyman, The Bay Area Reporter, May 4, 2017 Read on The Bay Area Reporter’s website A bill that would allow supervised drug consumption facilities in California took another step forward, as the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 4-3 on April 25 to advance the legislation. Supervised consumption facilities allow people to inject drugs […]

Q&A: This one-time heroin addict gives back as head of substance abuse program

Name: Vitka EisenAge: 57City: BerkeleyPosition: CEO, HealthRIGHT 360 J.: You have been involved for more than three decades with San Francisco’s Walden House, which serves people with substance abuse disorders. It merged with Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in 2011 to form HealthRIGHT 360. How did you end up leading the organization? Vitka Eisen: I initially came to […]

A New Kind of Health Center Is Coming to Mission District in S.F.

May 3, 2017

By Bill Bradley, Next City, May 3, 2017 Read on Next City’s website This article is the second in a series of profiles of impact development projects produced in partnership with guest editor Gregory Heller. Impact development is a term that describes real estate projects that serve a social purpose. This series explores how impact development projects are reshaping our […]

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