FREE CLINICS PROGRAM:
The Sensible Sages have always believed that improving medical support for the entire Los Angeles Community is a vital part of our mission. In that regard, we have established this Committee to investigate and design projects that can best accomplish this purpose.
FREE CLINIC CONSULTS: One of the first projects The Sensible Sages undertook is now well underway. Initiated buy our Board Member, Dr. Marshall Grode, the Sages enlisted the Sherry Lansing Foundation, The MAVEN Project and UC Health Services, to bring highly specialized medical consultations to the Free Clinics in Los Angeles. Valued “Specialists”, in many medical fields, donate time to this service and through the good offices of the MAVEN Project, are connected to Free Clinic Doctors , donating free consultations in complex medical cases.
RURAL MEDICINE: Currently, the Sages are investigating the severe lack of medical attention in the “Rural” areas of Los Angeles County and vicinity. To address this problem, the Sages are designing a program that will enable Registered Nurses to take the rigid training necessary for them to become Nurse Practitioners.
Nurse Practitioners can perform many of the functions of a Medical Doctor in treating and prescribing for patients. In coordination with the California State Office of Rural Health, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other Rural Health Agencies , the Sages will seek to work with local authorities in rural areas to provide the funding for Scholarship Programs. After being vetted and trained, the graduate Nurse Practitioners will spend a defined period of practice in the rural area that supported their advanced medical education.
The Sensible Sages Medical Committee is well-aware of the breadth of the needs for medical support in many under-served areas of Los Angeles County and will consider additional programs that can provide these services. Emergency medicine; catastrophe prescription services; on-site field support in homeless areas, and other programs are being discussed.