In August 2019, nearly 2 years after the October 2017 Tubbs Fire devastated Sonoma County and destroyed the largest campus of Santa Rosa Community Health, dozens of community members gathered to celebrate the clinic’s joyful reopening.
Santa Rosa Community Health is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Sonoma County, and its rebuilt Vista clinic serves more than 300 patients a day.
“About 90 percent of our patients live below the federal poverty level, and most are dealing with housing insecurity, food insecurity, and trauma in their lives,” said Naomi Fuchs, CEO of Santa Rosa Community Health. “It’s been so heartwarming to reopen this clinic for our patients; it’s their medical home, and it’s beautiful.”
Throughout the aftermath of the fire, Kaiser Permanente has been a true partner in understanding and supporting our community health centers and the people we serve.” – Naomi Fuchs, CEO of Santa Rosa Community Health
Understanding that vulnerable communities fare worse after natural disasters then those with greater resources, several of Kaiser Permanente’s grants in the North Bay are specifically targeted to address the needs of minority communities and to include their perspective in rebuilding efforts. There is still much work to be done, but working together with local leaders and engaging residents at the neighborhood level, Kaiser Permanente is helping the North Bay to rebuild a more equitable and healthy community for all.