Golden Valley Healthcare Centers is reaching out to provide medical care to Modesto’s homeless population. With the help of a grant from Sutter Health, GVHC has a team of health care professionals that go direct to the people. Workers take a van around Patterson, Modesto, Turlock, and Los Banos to provide basic health care needs and information to the under-served.
Patients are provided with on-site services such as treating wounds or checking blood pressure or blood sugar, as well as being given general medical advice. Workers also schedule appointments for people to come in to a clinic for more pressing medical issues, like an untreated chronic disease or pregnancy. They use their van to transport people to their appointments, and they can even bring their dog and leave it in the van; buses do not allow dogs, and homeless dog owners have nowhere to leave their pets while they go to the clinic. Eventually, GVHC hopes to also be able to offer HIV and hepatitis C testing on location.