a person charged with encouraging women to come to the clinic to access
health care either for themselves or for their newborn or unborn
Clinic officials hope the new hire will attend meetings in apartment
complexes and community centers to build trust in the city and educate
women on the health care choices afforded at the clinic.
Women living in the Oak View neighborhood are one main target group,
said Ganka Brown, director of development for the clinic.
"We want somebody familiar with the community that can relate to
people, someone that encourages people to come to classes, follow up with
women and support them," Brown said.
The clinic will seek someone who can act as a translator and will be
familiar with common medical terms and feel comfortable talking about
women's health care issues, Brown said.
Last year the Orange County March of Dimes provided the clinic with a
$16,000 grant, which was used for trimester pregnancy classes.
The clinic is a nonprofit charitable agency formed in 1969 to provide
affordable health care in the community. About 75% of patients are women
and children, 92% of whom are below Federal poverty guidelines.