Edgar Arteaga, one of our very own seniors here at Dana Hills, came up with the idea for Bridges Clinic last summer when his mother collapsed due to a hypertensive episode. She refused to call an ambulance because she did not have insurance, and knew they could not afford a costly hospital bill. With the help of their neighbor Dr. Fani and some excess high blood pressure medication he had on hand, his mother was able to recover.
Throughout his upbringing, Arteaga watched many families in his community have to choose between paying bills or receiving medical help. Along with his sister, Dania Arteaga, they concluded that launching a pop-up clinic would be the most beneficial and functional way for them to aid the community.
In order to fund this project, Arteaga applied to the Dragon Kim Foundation for a $5,000 grant that helped him turn his ideas on paper into a reality. Through that program, he has also received leadership training in order to launch his project to success.
After over 400 hours of preparation and hundreds of phone calls to physicians all across Orange County, Dr. Alexa Gozali and Dr. Karen Fu from Mission Heritage Medical Group Laguna Niguel volunteered to help this cause. However, volunteers were still needed in order for everything to flow smoothly at the clinic, and they had to be bilingual in both Spanish and English, considering that most of the patients were Spanish speaking. Keeping these requirements in mind, Arteaga gathered seven students from Dana Hills and San Juan Hills High Schools.
With all of the major points sorted out, Arteaga was ready to host this event on August 7th from 10 am – 4 pm. In those 6 hours, they were able to aid and treat 54 low-income patients in need of healthcare. Arteaga claims that “It was very successful. [They] even provided prescriptions to those who needed them.”
Arteaga plans on hosting the next clinic on November 20th, adding 2 more physicians to expand the amount of patients they can assist.
Along with his sister, Dania Arteaga, they concluded that launching a pop-up clinic would be the most beneficial and functional way for them to aid the community.
Did you like this article? Comment down below or visit the front page for more!