January 30, 2004

Community Notes:

Educating Citizens For Our Community Today to Create a Better World Tomorrow

On November 4, 1991, Knox Elementary School received a nationwide award, the George Washington Honors Medal, from the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation for the 1991 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative march and related activities.

Knox will hold it’s twenty-seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Marc on February 6, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. on the school grounds located at 1098 south 49th Street. The march will involve approximately 2,000 elementary school children from schools representing all areas within the San Diego City school’s district. The students will be led in a mile and a half march around the community by outstanding community leaders such as Dr. George Stevens.

The purpose of this march is to help children gain a better understanding of this great civil rights leader and Nobel Peace prize winner and to guide the children in developing an understanding of his principles on human rights for all mankind.

The grand marshal of the event will be Mr. Gordon

Vista Community Clinic Partners With North County Health Services to Launch Healthcare Access Initiative

Vista Community Clinic, a private nonprofit healthcare clinic, announced it has partnered with North County Health Services (NCHS) on a Healthcare Access Initiative that will provide outreach and support services to increase health insurance enrollment, retention and appropriate utilization for children under five years of age and pregnant women in North Coastal San Diego County.

The North Coastal region includes both concentrated urban populations (cities of Vista and Oceanside) and rural outlying regions where many people are isolated from services. Dedicated outreach workers will canvas these areas and provide culturally and linguistically targeted information regarding health insurance and access to health care.

This comprehensive outreach effort to assist eligible families with enrollment and retention in the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families program is an important initiative funded by the County of San Diego First Five Commission. The goal of the initiative is to increase and sustain enrollment in health insurance programs, provide support in navigating and utilizing care, and enhance public awareness and education about healthcare resources.

“The Vista Community Clinic and NCHS have a long history of working together to meet the needs of North County residents,” said Barbara Mannino, executive director of the Vista Community Clinic. “The goal of this initiative is to ensure that the wider community consistently addresses issues of access to healthcare for two of the most high-need and hard-to-reach groups, pregnant women and children under five.”

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