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Around Pleasanton: Holiday Fund donations help 14,000 gain health care

Axis among 12 nonprofit recipients of 2017 fundraising campaign

Axis Community Health -- the Tri-Valley's sole provider of medical and mental health services for individuals and families who have a low income or who are uninsured -- is one of 12 nonprofit organizations that will benefit from contributions to the Pleasanton Weekly's 2017 Holiday Fund.

"We are proud to be selected as a recipient of the Holiday Fund again this year, and we look forward to being able to provide more medical visits for low income Tri-Valley families who would otherwise have no access to health care," said Sue Compton, chief executive of Axis.

Axis, serving the Tri-Valley since 1972, aids more than 14,000 residents from five sites in Pleasanton and Livermore. Services include primary medical care for all ages, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and a WIC nutrition program.

"Holiday Fund support is a vital part of Axis' budget," Compton said. "We rely on this contribution to maximize our resources and increase the number of available medical visits for our community's most vulnerable residents."

Support from this year's Holiday Fund will cover medical costs for children needing care. More than 20% of Axis patients are children under the age of 18. Most often, families depending on Axis for care are the "working poor," meaning an income less than $48,500 a year for a family of four.

The need for affordable, quality medical and mental health services has been growing rapidly in the Tri-Valley over the past decade. In response, Axis opened a new clinic in 2016 that doubles its service capacity.

Located at 5925 W. Las Positas Blvd. in Pleasanton, the site is already operating at full capacity. Axis' staff of 165 includes physicians, nurse practitioners, mental health professionals and a large team of support staff. Axis is also the Tri-Valley's free Certified Enrollment Center, where certified enrollment staff assist anyone in the community with signing up for Covered California or Medi-Cal.

As a nonprofit health center, Axis provides access to health care for all members of the community. It also contracts with Alameda County to provide services and receives support from the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care.

Public support, however, falls short in covering the cost of services. Last year Axis provided more than 2,000 uncompensated medical visits.

"Community support is critical to Axis' ability to continue to provide health care services for all Tri-Valley residents," said Compton.

This year, contributions to the Holiday Fund will be split between two tiers among 12 recipients.

In Tier 1, recipients will share equally in 50% of total 2017 Holiday Fund receipts. They are Axis Community Health, Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation, Valley Humane Society and ValleyCare Charitable Foundation.

Tier 2 recipients will share equally in 50% of total 2017 Holiday Fund receipts. They are Agape Villages Foster Family Agency, Hope Hospice, Open Heart Kitchen, REACH for Special Adults of the Tri-Valley, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley, Sunflower Hill and Tri-Valley YMCA.

The Holiday Fund is a donor-advised fund of nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation. For information on how to contribute, check out our donation webpage. All donations will be acknowledged in print shortly after being received.

* Editor's note: Jeb Bing is editor emeritus for the Pleasanton Weekly. His "Around Pleasanton" columns run on the second and fourth Fridays of every month.

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