Health and Hope

Vista Community Clinic (VCC) held its annual Health and Hope for Our Youth Gala in mid-November, proceeds of which benefit VCC’s pediatric medical and dental services and youth development programs for low-income middle and high school students. The event featured a cocktail reception, casino games, dinner, live auction, and a video program highlighting the impact of VCC’s youth programs. Clint Bell, well-known auctioneer in the San Diego area, conducted the live auction and served as the master of ceremonies.

“Our annual gala raises vital funds to ensure that the children and youth in the communities we serve have access to affordable, high-quality health care and youth development programs to flourish and reach their full potential,” said CEO Fernando Sañudo. “These services lay the foundation for healthy futures. Because of what we do, children are succeeding in school. They are graduating from high school, setting goals for college, and inspiring others around them.”

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VCC is recognized as a key regional health provider with five clinics treating almost 60,000 patients each year. Children’s health in particular is a top concern at VCC; about a third of its patients are under 18 years old. The clinic’s innovative model of community health provides high quality health services for low income, uninsured, and underserved residents of San Diego North County communities. In addition, VCC’s CHOICES Teen Clinic provides teens with a safe space that offers peer counseling, family planning services, and health education. For more information go to www.vistacommunityclinic.org.