A monthly series of conversations on healthcare issues
Topic: “Thriving Yet Threatened: Southern California Community Clinics”
Host: Leslie Bruce, Director, Healthcare Leadership and Community Outreach, UC San Diego Extension
Guest: Gary Rotto, Director of Health Policy and Strategic Communications, Council of Community Clinics
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Gary Rotto shares with listeners the vital role that community clinics play in providing primary care to millions of the nation’s uninsured, underinsured, and underserved people, including children and veterans.
He discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act in increasing demand for healthcare services and the “funding cliff” that faces clinics both locally and nationwide at the end of September 2015.
On a brighter note, Rotto points to the wide variety of jobs and careers available at community clinics. From electronic medical records, billing and coding, and human resources professionals to clinicians such as nurse practitioners and physicians, the clinics are always looking for good people wanting to make a difference.
Rotto found his way to the Council via an unusual combination of educational and professional experiences. Listen to learn more.
Quotable: “In San Diego County alone, our member clinics provide compassionate, high quality healthcare to 700,000 patients through more than two million visits annually.”