A Message From The CEO | Advances 2021

A Message From The CEO

Overcoming the Challenges in Our Communities

Dear Friends,

As the coronavirus pandemic has upended most lives, adding multiple challenges to many of Pacific Clinics' clients, we have continued to deliver care in meeting the increased needs of our diverse and at-risk communities. Early last year, at the start of the pandemic, we provided our employees with personal protective equipment, retrofitted our sites with plexiglass and added enhanced daily cleaning protective measures. We updated our housing units to accommodate physical distancing, and we invested in technology and telehealth services to support our delivery of services. We also offered resources and training to help our clients learn to use the new technological systems so that they could access the care and services needed.

Throughout the multiple challenges of the past year, we remained inspired by our supporters who continue to elevate the need for mental health services.
Among them is the highly respected voice of ABC7 Eyewitness News' anchor, Ellen Leyva. Ellen received Pacific Clinics' first Champion of Mental Health award in 2018 and continues to be one of our strongest mental health advocates, always ready to lend a supportive hand. In this issue of Advances, Ellen details her experiences with mental health with honesty and compassion, and explains why she continues to advocate and lift her voice to battle the stigma that remains around mental health.

In this issue we also share:

  • How Pacific Clinics utilizes the delivery of in-person services with telehealth to best support the needs of our clients during the pandemic. To learn more on how we responded to COVID-19, we invite you to view our film, "Now More Than Ever: Pacific Clinics Responds to Crisis" at tinyurl.com/pcnowmorethanever
  • Ways to explain race and injustice to children while embracing differences
  • Tips for self-care and reducing children's stress while keeping them engaged at home
  • How to support suicide prevention through Caring Contacts
  • Stories about employees and donors who support Pacific Clinics' mission

A critical component in addressing COVID-19 has been, and remains the work of, our dedicated and caring employees. We are especially grateful at this time to our many supporters and to each of our employees who have helped to ensure that our services continue despite the fiscal and emotional challenges of the pandemic.

We hope this issue conveys to you a deeper understanding of our life-changing and life-saving work, as we provide the communities we serve with access to high-quality care and resources to meet behavioral health needs, find hope and achieve a better quality of life.

Stay safe and be well.