MEET OUR COMMITTEES
The Covered California Committee assists uninsured patients in signing up for Covered California and Medi-Cal. All Covered California Co-Directors are certified enrollment counselors for Covered California and, therefore, are able to work with patients through the entirety of the insurance application. The Covered California Committee also provides assistance in SPIRIT referrals--where patients can potentially have their expensive surgeries paid for.
The Cardiopulmonary Committee educates patients about cardiovascular, pulmonary, and heart-related diseases. We assist patients who are at risk or already addicted to nicotine by providing free cessation resources. The Cardiopulmonary Committee holds monthly specialty clinics that offer electrocardiogram (EKG) strips, ankle brachial index (ABI) tests, and spirometry tests.
The Ophthalmology Committee monitors our patients’ history for eye conditions and provides patients with an assessment and follow-up care plan if needed. The committee conducts pupillary exams, intraocular pressure exams, visual acuity exams, slit lamp exams, and retinal exams during clinic hours. Depending on a patient’s insurance status and visual acuity, the Ophthalmology Committee can provide a VSP voucher which patients can use at a local optometrist’s office to obtain free-of-charge eyeglass frames and lenses and eye exams.
Hepatitis is one of the leading causes of liver cancer, and the Asian population is at a significantly greater risk for having the disease. As a result, the Hepatitis Committee is devoted to identifying and treating this high-risk, underserved and uninsured Asian population in the Sacramento region. We currently provide free screening, vaccinations, and liver ultrasounds to patients. The Hepatitis Committee strives to educate our patients regarding Hepatitis B and encourage everyone to be screened and vaccinated.
The Public Relations Committee provides a line of communication between clinic volunteers and the Sacramento community. We manage the Paul Hom Asian Clinic website to make it accessible to our patients and potential volunteers. In addition, the Public Relations Committee organizes fundraisers to ensure that the physicians and patient advocates at Paul Hom have adequate resources to treat patients.
The Women’s Health Committee ensures patients have access to preventative cancer screenings available to them and hosts health events to educate patients about breast and cervical cancers--topics that are avoided in many Asian families. Some services this committee provides are: referrals to Planned Parenthood for mammograms; enrollment into the Every Woman Counts program for uninsured patients along with follow ups; and scheduling patients for OB/GYN clinics, PAP smears, and clinical breast exams (CBEs).
Patient Assistance Program
The Patient Assistance Program (PAP) Committee enrolls low-income and uninsured/underinsured patients to receive brand-name medications at no cost from participating pharmaceutical companies. On average, we help patients save $130,000 a year on the medication cost. In addition, we have been leading various projects that provide patients free resources such as: accessories for injectable medications (syringes, needles, sharps containers, and needle clippers) and medication-related infographics. Furthermore, the PAP Committee works closely with Dr. Jan and Dr. Pauly to monitor patients’ medication compliance, effectiveness and safety, and to accommodate patients' other special needs on a case-by-case basis.
The Diabetes Committee improves the health of patients by screening all patients for diabetes and conducting follow ups with diabetic patients. We also offer nutrition counseling, show exercise demonstrations, and provide free glucometer kits and HgA1c blood tests.