Health—General & Rehabilitative

Kerrys Kids

Novato, CA

Mission

Kerry's Kids is a group of volunteer pediatric health care providers committed to bringing free healthcare and education to underserved children in their neighborhoods

Ruling Year

2002

Principal Officer

Dr. Diane Halberg

Main Address

936B Seventh St PMB 129

Novato, CA 94945 USA

Keywords

children, kids, homeless, pediatric, health, health care, dental, medical, mobile, shelter, oakland, berkeley, Bay Area, california

EIN

02-0569175

 Number

3760336559

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Health Program (E70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Kerry's Kids was established to carry on the dream of Dr. Kerry Spooner Dean after her life tragically came to an end in May 1998. Kerry's dream was to help organize a mobile health clinic to serve indigent children and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area. She realized that many children never made it to clinics and hospitals due to lack of health insurance, institutional obstacles, a parent's fear of reprisal or losing their kids, language barriers, and transportation difficulties. Kerry understood that in order to provide adequate health care, health screening, immunizations and health education to these children, it was essential to bring medical services directly to the children and their families in the communities where they lived. It was this realization that drove Kerry to follow her dream of organizing a pediatric mobile health clinic.

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VACCINATIONS, WELL CARE, AND MINOR ACUTE CARE OF CHILDREN

HEALTH EDUCATION

PATIENT ADVOCACY AND REFERRAL

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Kerry's Kids' volunteers engage in four primary activities during monthly site visits, community activities and health fairs:

1. WELL-CHILD CARE, VACCINATIONS, AND MINOR ACUTE CARE OF CHILDREN
Well-child care includes routine physical exams, immunizations, hearing, vision and anemia and lead screening. Vaccines are acquired through the California Vaccines for Children Program, a federally funded, state-operated vaccine supply program for uninsured and Medicaid eligible children. Minor acute care includes diagnosis and treatment of upper respiratory infections, ear infections, sore throats, asthma, abdominal pain and other minor illnesses. Letters are sent to a child's primary care provider, if there is one, to help foster existing medical homes, develop continuity of care, and to keep their medical records up to date.

2. DENTAL SCREENING CLINIC
Dental screening with a dentist includes a visual examination for cavities and other oral health concerns, application of fluoride varnish, and oral health and hygiene education. Children needing a visit with a dentist for a full cleaning, x-rays, and treatment can also be given an appointment with a local community dental clinic.

3. HEALTH EDUCATION
An important part of pediatrics is the heath education given to parents to help prevent health problems or identify medical needs early. Physicians talk with parents about issues that may impact their child.
Volunteers provide brochures and books regarding health, hygiene, and the human body. Children receive donated items such as toothbrushes and age-appropriate children's books.

4. PATIENT ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY RESOURCE REFERRAL
Volunteers assist eligible families to enroll in Medi-Cal and Healthy Families insurance programs, which provide low cost or no cost health insurance. A resource list for indigent medical services such as optometrists, dentists, and HIV testing has been created to help families get the medical care they need.

In 1998, Kerry's Kids' volunteers worked with the Oakland Head Start Program, to identify various sites in the community that may be in need of the services of a mobile health clinic. The sites identified included homeless shelters, residential drug rehabilitation facilities for mothers and children, and a refuge for battered women. Kerry's Kids continues to evaluate new sites that may have children in need of visits by a mobile health clinic. All of the health care delivery and health education is done by volunteers.

We are a 7 member all volunteer board, 5 of whom are physicians and all of whom have are dedicated to the mission of Kerry's Kids: "“Kerry's Kids provides free health care and education to under- served children in their neighborhoods and seeks to facilitate that each child ultimately receives care in a permanent medical home."

The heart of our organization is the volunteers. They come from outstanding institutions like Oakland Children's Hospital, Samuel Merritt College, UC Berkeley, Kaiser Permanents, and Highlands Hospital. They include doctors, dentists, medical residents, physician assistants, dental assistants, nurses, students pursuing their pre-medical degrees, legal/finance/accounting/and technology services, and a host of other experiences. We are blessed by their passion to deliver services locally on a volunteer basis, to establish relationships with local agencies eager to host the clinics, and to support the overall mission of Kerry' Kids.

Kerry's Kids provides free medical treatments at family shelters, community and school health fairs. Services provided by volunteer medical provides include check-ups and school physicals, WIC screenings, Head Start screenings, anemia and lead screening, treatment of acute illnesses, dental care, vision screening, referrals for under-served and uninsured children living in transient housing facilities, and distribution of health education materials. Kerry's Kids seeks to support 3-6 facilities with rotating visits, typically on a monthly schedule. Our upcoming clinic schedule is kept up to date on our home page http://www.kerryskids.org

Kerry's Kids has grown over the past 15 years in terms of total volunteers, number of locations served, patient counts, and variety of services provided. Over the past 5 years Kerry's Kids provided 363 vaccinations, 2059 patient visits, and 518 lab tests. Lab tests include TB tests, anemia screens, lead screens, and hearing/vision testing. Dental services have been added to the original focus on medical services. Hundreds of schools backpacks and supplies, and thousands of hygiene and educational kits have been provided at local clinics, asthma camps, and health fairs. Patients served and services provided will continue to be part of the statistical data, as documented in our annual reporting, captured on our Form 990s.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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