Flying Samaritans at UCLA's Move to Improve

Flying Samaritans at UCLA's Move to Improve

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Flying Samaritans at UCLA provides free health care to a community in Tijuana, Mexico every month. We will be moving our clinic to a more centralized and accessible location, and need your help to make it possible!

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Hello there! Flying Samaritans at UCLA is a student-run organization that operates a monthly medical clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. We provide free healthcare to Colonia Margarita Moran, a community on the outskirts of the city. Undergraduate UCLA students work together with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide accessible and high-quality healthcare to the people of this underserved community. Our mission is to empower them with the tools and knowledge necessary for them to lead healthy lives.

We held our first clinic in May of 2013. Since then, our clinic has increased the number of patients served and improved the quality of our health services leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, our clinic has now become too crowded to serve the community under ideal conditions.

Our solution is to relocate our clinic to a more centralized and more spacious venue within the same community throughout Spring Quarter. The move will not only allow us to deliver medical care in a more ideal environment, but also allow us to serve more community members in search of healthcare. We intend to triple in size by expanding from one to three portables to accommodate our growing patient population and health services.

As a non-profit organization, we rely solely on fundraising and grants. This means your donation, no matter the size, is integral to the continuation and expansion of our clinic in Colonia Margarita Moran. Our goal is to fundraise $5000 in 1 month! All funds will go towards purchasing three new portables, restocking medical supplies, establishing a community playground, and supporting the relocation process. Help us Move to Improve!

Below is more information on how we will use the funds:

Portable 1

The first portable will house our Main Clinic. This is where patients will get their vitals taken by nurses before being seen by student volunteers and doctors who work together to assess and address patient health concerns. We intend to build walls between triage rooms to improve patient privacy and to enable medical providers to perform more extensive procedures and exams.

Portable 2

The second portable will house our Pharmacy and Health Education Committee. Larger space will allow our Pharmacy to better organize their inventory and have more privacy when having conversations with our patients about their prescriptions. The Health Education Committee provides consistent and interactive health education programs that are integral to creating sustainable change in the lifestyles of our patients. The committee previously functioned in the corner of a church adjacent to the clinic. Now it will have a space to call its own!

Portable 3

The third portable will be a space that we can use as we expand our array of medical services. For instance, this space could be used for our prospective Dental Services component.  It may also be a space used to bring educators to the community to supplement the bare-bones school program that fails to provide many of the children in our community with a proper education.

Playground

Outside of our clinic, we plan to establish a playground to promote mental health and exercise. Out of the 400+ patients that we've seen in the past 3 years, around 13% are hypertensive and around 8% are diabetic. Our new clinic location will allow us to create a fun and safe environment for Flying Samaritans at UCLA to educate the community about the importance of physical activity.

Thank you so much for your consideration and support! To learn more, please visit our website at www.flyingsamaritansatucla.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FSatUCLA.

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