Introduction of Senior Medicine | 2006 Timelines: La Maestra History

A formal Senior Medicine Program begins at the City Heights clinic with a geriatric specialist onsite once a month, in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Geriatric Division. By 2008, the program expands with the geriatrician onsite weekly.
Senior Peer Promotora Program launches in partnership with the Council of Community Clinics and funding form San Diego County Mental Health. The program recruits and trains health consumers and family members, or “promotoras”, who speak English, Spanish, Somali, Laotian, Nuer, and Vietnamese to provide outreach, education, and support groups to assist low-income, uninsured older adults and their families to access primary care, mental health, and social services. Presentations also include fall prevention, domestic violence, senior depression, and financial literacy.