Clínica Romero

ANNUAL REPORT 2021

Health service organizations like ours are fighting on the frontlines on a daily basis… I would like to thank our staff, board of directors, volunteers, donors, and friends of Clínica Romero for their contributions and support throughout the past year. We look forward to a better year ahead and to continue working with our team and partners to overcome the pandemic and serve “nuestra comunidad.”

Carlos Vaquerano, Chief Executive Officer

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Mission and Values

To provide quality, affordable, and culturally-sensitive health care and other services to the underserved communities of Greater Los Angeles regardless of their ability to pay by upholding the legacy and tradition of Monseñor Oscar A. Romero.

Thousands in LA County remain uninsured and lack regular access to high quality health care services.

CLÍNICA ROMERO BELIEVES THAT HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT.

Regardless of one’s insurance status or ability to pay. We provide comprehensive, high quality care to underserved populations living in Los Angeles County.

Compassion

Compassion

Respect

Respect

Integrity

Integrity

Espíritu de Sacrificio

(Excellence)

Espíritu de Sacrificio

(Excellence)

Compassion

Compassion

Respect

Respect

Integrity

Integrity

Espíritu de Sacrificio (Excellence)

Espíritu de Sacrificio (Excellence)

COVID in Our Community

Clínica Romero serves areas of Los Angeles that were among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the neighborhoods of Pico Union/Westlake and Boyle Heights…

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OUR FAMILIES LIVE IN THE EPICENTER OF THE PANDEMIC

With over 105,000 cases in the communities that are home to our two clinics. In the area of Boyle Heights/East LA served by our Marengo clinic, a stunning 36% of the total population was infected. Similarly, 28% of the population in Pico Union/Westlake served by our Alvarado clinic has tested positive for COVID.

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC

Patient Highlight

“I have been a Clínica Romero patient since 2016 and I am very happy with the services that they provide. When I heard about the clinic, I had not seen a doctor for many years because of lack of health insurance and resources. But one of the Promotoras told me all about the MyHealth LA program and how I could get an appointment. Every time that I come into the clinic, I am treated with respect. I have been approached by other clinics in the area, but I will not leave Clínica Romero because they helped me when I needed it the most.”

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Our Impact

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UNDUPLICATED PATIENTS SERVED
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ADDRESSING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

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COVID-19

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VACCINATIONS ADMINISTERED AS OF DECEMBER 2021

Patient Highlight

“Clínica Romero has been my go-to clinic for over 15 years! I used to go to a private clinic but I was not happy with their service. A friend recommended Clínica Romero and I was so happy when I made the switch. I really like the attention they offer. I am a little older and they just take care of everything for me here. I owe so much thanks to Clínica Romero and their staff. God bless San Romero!”

GLORIA

Integrative Care

Over the past five years, Clínica Romero has been able to expand and better integrate behavioral health services within our primary care practice. Funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and LA County Department of Public Health (LADPH) has been instrumental in the:

  • Expansion of Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder services
  • Hiring of Behavioral Health Integration Specialists that provide patients with linkage to behavioral health services
  • Addition of Psychiatry as a new service modality

At both of our clinic sites, medical and behavioral health clinicians collaborate with each other and patients to address identified health concerns. Cross-departmental collaboration ensures that we are providing patient-centered care that allows consideration of social determinants of health that may present barriers to care. Removing barriers to care is instrumental in supporting patients reach their health goals and improve their wellbeing.

“Clínica Romero is a beacon of hope – providing quality, affordable, and culturally-sensitive health care to our immigrant and low-income communities who call Westlake and the Eastside home. I’m thankful for their commitment to our most vulnerable Angelenos, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to our continued partnership together.”

Honorable Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair

“National Health Foundation’s partnership with Clínica Romero has been essential in meeting the increased health needs of our communities during a pandemic. Together, we were able to mobilize efforts in communities with the greatest need by providing access to health fairs and vaccine clinics. We look forward to a long and successful partnership!”

Kelly Bruno, President and CEO, National Health Foundation

“It is important to me as a donor to support healthcare in hard-to-reach communities, however during the COVID-19 pandemic it became essential to support Clínica Romero’s community-centered healthcare approach. Clínica Romero continues to be a lifeline for the residents in hard-to-reach Los Angeles communities, and I can think of no better clinic in the region to support.”

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Vice President and Director, Annenberg Foundation and Founder, GRoW @ Annenberg

Our partnership with Clinica has grown and flourished since we started a promotores led cancer education and screening program together which has educated thousands, screened hundreds, eliminated barriers to access and built community trust. I extend my sincere gratitude to Clínica Romero for all that they do for our communities.

Zul Surani, Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement at Cedars- Sinai Cancer

When Los Angeles became the epicenter of the global pandemic, Clínica Romero’s demonstrated commitment to serving low-income families or those without health insurance, they were selected as one of the first clinics in the County authorized to provide vaccinations. Clínica Romero’s efforts saved countless lives.

Honorable Kevin De León, Los Angeles City Councilmember

Looking Into the Future

Despite the many challenges of the past year, Clínica Romero’s future looks very bright! With a new strategic plan in place, our Board of Directors and the executive team are leading the way for organizational growth and efforts to improve the patient experience. Some of the exciting efforts for the upcoming year include:

THANK YOU TO OUR HEROES

Your dedication makes all the difference

Despite the numerous challenges brought forth by the pandemic, Clínica Romero staff worked tirelessly to meet the needs of our community. Our patients and community members undoubtedly benefit due to your dedication and commitment to providing high quality care. We thank you for your service.

GOVERNMENT

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OFFICERS

Dr. Sonia Molina
President
President of Molina Endodontics

Marcelo Villagomez
Treasurer
CFO of The Bay Foundation

Douglas Carranza
Vice President
Professor/Chair of Department of Central American Studies California State University, Northridge

Alfredo Palacios
Secretary, Patient Member
Priest

GENERAL MEMBERS

Jose Atilio Hernandez
Board Member
CEO/Founder of IDEATE California

Jose Lino Ruiz, Esq.
Board Member
Immigration Attorney

Mario Hercules
Patient Member
Caretaker at EHS

Maritza Zambrano
Patient Member
Construction Worker and Lawyer

Armando Carranza
Patient Member
Retired

Santos Romina Fernandez de Budde
Patient Member
Homemaker

Marin Castillo
General Member
Homeless Advocate

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