Continued pediatric care is also imperative to the healthy growth and development of our kids. At AltaMed, we have maintained a steady focus on general pediatrics throughout the pandemic. We provide the necessary resources to ensure that children in our communities stay safe and healthy. This means having children and their families receive routine medical assistance, beyond COVID-related care, to make it a little easier and less scary to navigate these times.
The California Department of Public Health recently published an alarming statistic. According to the state agency, children’s vaccinations have dropped 40% during the pandemic. At AltaMed, our childhood immunization rate was around 40% in 2020 compared to 51% in previous years. Diseases that were considered under control are now becoming increasingly dangerous to our kids’ health. This overall decrease in vaccinations disproportionately affects our communities. We need to get our kids into the clinics and vaccinated to ensure a healthier future. Going to the doctor is already stressful for kids, but the current hyperawareness of COVID-19 can make a pediatrics appointment even more tense. AltaMed Health Services’ pediatrics teams make doctor’s visits enjoyable and comfortable for our little ones. In pursuit of this goal, and to support early brain development in our patients up to age five, AltaMed Foundation partners with Reach Out and Read, a national children’s literacy organization that seeks to improve reading skills. We want to continue teaching our kids about healthy habits from a young age so that they can grow up to become the future leaders of our communities.
Together, the AltaMed Foundation and Reach Out and Read:
Your support provides opportunities for kids in Southern California. Many of our child patients lack the tools needed to stay healthy and become successful adults. Equipping kids with these resources from a young age sets the stage for healthy brain development and improved communication skills. That is why your generosity is so essential in the development of our community as a whole.
Please consider making a donation and investing in our future community leaders. If you would like to learn more about AltaMed Foundation’s pediatric efforts, visit altamedfoundation.org/reachoutandread
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