Taking care of each other on the coast
Here in our sleepy little coastal towns, we can often escape the complex challenges of the wider world, but not this time. Right now, our country is reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of racial injustice. Although we don’t have a lot of cases on the coast, COVID-19 is here and the numbers are likely to increase as the shelter-in-place restrictions continue to lift. And make no mistake, we have racial bias and racially motivated violence here, too.
Each of us has to decide how to respond to these challenges. Some people will put their heads down and go about their daily lives as though none of this affects them. Others will march in the streets in hopes of changing a broken system.
At Mendocino Coast Clinics, we are a diverse group of employees dedicated to improving health equity in the communities we serve. We do this by assuring that no one who needs medical care is turned away because of the color of their skin, because they cannot afford to pay, because of who they love, because of the language they speak, or because of their immigration status.
We do not judge patients who suffer from mental illness or substance use disorder. We do not judge patients who struggle with obesity or eating disorders. We do not judge patients who have unintended pregnancies. We do not judge patients who live on the street. We open our hearts to all who want to heal. We meet patients wherever they are in life’s journey and we help them get healthier.
Even before COVID-19, many people in our coastal communities faced economic challenges and poor health. With the shutdown, things have only worsened. So, what do we do?
We take things one day at a time. We work with what we have. We help each other.
One way we can improve our community’s economic well-being is for every single person to get counted in the 2020 Census. The census is important because census data help us get our tax dollars back into our community. The government uses census data to determine how federal funds are