Imperial Beach Community Clinic became a Live Well San Diego recognized partner on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Imperial Beach Community Clinic provides comprehensive, primary healthcare to people of all ages in Imperial Beach and surrounding communities of southwest San Diego County. At Imperial Beach Community Clinic, all patients are counseled about physical activity and nutrition at their annual exams. Patients who are identified as having a health problem such as unhealthy weight, hypertension or diabetes are referred to a registered dietician who provides nutrition and physical activity counseling, and refers patients to community resources for physical activities.
In addition, all patients at Imperial Beach Community Clinic are screened for tobacco use, and if they are tobacco users, are referred to programs for cessation, and/or offered medications that assist with cessation. All patients are screened for drug and alcohol use, and patients with mild alcohol or drug abuse problems are treated by behavioral health staff; and those requiring a higher level of care are referred to other organizations in the South Bay that can provide that level of care. Imperial Beach Community Clinic has staff that assist individuals and families applying for health insurance coverage and works with the Council of Community Clinics and its participating member clinics for in-services and trainings of staff, for peer support groups, and quality improvement activities.
Imperial Beach Community Clinic received a federal grant award on August 25, 2015 for showing an improvement in one or more clinical quality measures between 2013 and 2014, demonstrating a significant improvement to patients’ health and continues to look for, and implement new strategies and technologies to build better health delivery systems to support patients, such as the implementation of a patient portal through which patients can request appointments, receive their lab results, and communicate with staff.
Imperial Beach Community Clinic’s contribution is visible through the sector of healthcare, as well as community organizing throughout southwest San Diego County. Imperial Beach Community Clinic is committed to advancing the Live Well San Diego vision through its comprehensive programs and its collaboration with diverse community partners.