Encore Medical Clinic

The Encore Medical Clinic (EMC) addresses the unique health needs of homeless children. It is a collaboration between Primary Care and the Center for the Vulnerable Child, providing outreach, comprehensive, culturally specific case management services while providing a medical home for homeless families. Besides medical services, assistance with insurance, housing, dental care, social service and legal referrals are offered. Our experienced case managers conduct outreach at community shelters and drop-in centers and accept referrals from other providers such as the ER. Our goal is to provide a consistent medical home for the children while assisting the family through their period of transition.

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Why Families Choose Us

Comprehensive Healthcare for Homeless Children

  • Children living in transitional situations are less likely to have health insurance or a medical home, yet they're often the children who need it the most. Under the guidance of our Center for the Vulnerable Child, the Encore Medical Clinic seeks to alleviate some of the problems related to homelessness in children by providing medical case management.
  • Our federally-funded program is the only pediatric clinic providing outreach and case management services for homeless children in California.

Routine Care and Case Management Services

  • Encore Medical Clinic is staffed with three case managers who conduct community outreach to locate homeless families who lack health insurance or a pediatric medical home.
  • The Encore Medical Clinic provides 1) a continuous place for healthcare, 2) a personally assigned and consistent primary care physician, 3) ease with referrals, 4) comprehensive care coordination, and 5) family-centered care.
  • Saturday and Tuesday appointments available.

Support Beyond the Healthcare Setting

  • According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, approximately 1.35 million children in the United States are likely to become homeless in any given year. Experts agree that records for homeless children under the age of five are so inadequate that their true numbers could be far greater than currently reported. 
  • Because homelessness presents many barriers to self-help, we offer assistance with referrals, advocacy, food, and outreach.