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baby with mdAccess to reliable, consistent, and quality health care is something every family should know how to find. The resources below will help.

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Study: Asthma More Common Among Children Who Received Acetaminophen As Infants
from Kids Health

Parents are already plenty busy reevaluating and even chucking common household items — lead-containing toys, cough and cold medicines for babies and toddlers, plus questionable plastics. Now comes new research suggesting that infant acetaminophen — a staple in millions of families' medicine cabinets — might boost kids' risk of getting asthma. Read more... 

An Ounce of Prevention...is worth a pound of cure.

Students at SFUSD schools needing FREE Eye Exams or Glasses.

WHAT:    Poor vision in school age children can interfere with coordination, acquisition of skills, achieving developmental milestones, and the ability to learn properly.  Early detection and correction of vision problems can alleviate some of these problems with less interference in the child’s ability to learn.

WHERE:  The following organizations provide free and/or low cost vision care and glasses for SFUSD students who qualify:
• Children’s Vision First
• LensCrafters
• California Vision Project

HOW: Eligibility
1) Students have either failed the school based vision screening or have demonstrated a need for vision care.
2) Family has economic need and no health insurance that covers eye exams and/or glasses.


3) The family has economic need and has vision insurance but has lost/damaged their glasses and is unable to get new glasses under their current insurance plan.

Contact your child's school nurse or principal for more information and application.

Medical Care
San Francisco Free Clinic is a physician effort in which a lot of doctors each give a little to create a large amount of charitable care. A total of 160 physicians are donating time, medications, supplies, equipment, or funds to the clinic. Patients must be without health insurance of any kind and are seen by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (415) 750-9894 between the hours of 1pm­ to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Located at 4900 California Street, at 11th Avenue. No fee for medical services.

San Francisco City Clinic is a drop-in clinic providing free and low-cost diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and information about condom use and other STD prevention methods. The Clinic is the City's only municipal STD Clinic and provides confidential, low-cost, convenient drop-in services to all people over the age of 12, regardless of their ability to pay. Their staff speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog.

San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium offers ten partner clinics for low-income, uninsured, and medically underserved people per year.

new big sisterFree and Low-Cost Health Care Services in San Francisco. San Francisco residents who do not qualify for any health care coverage programs can get free or low-cost health care services at more than 25 clinic sites across the City. Services vary by clinic site, and may include medical, dental, and vision care. Individuals with incomes below 500% of the federal poverty level (approximately $73,000 for a family of 3) are eligible for services on a sliding fee scale or for free care.

The Pediatric Asthma Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital helps families learn more about what may be causing or triggering asthma in their child and what they can do to control the asthma.

San Francisco Free Medical Chart: download Free Medical Chart in English and Spanish. The chart outlines services provided, eligibility, and location to several health centers and clinics. Some services include urgent care, TB testing, and more.

Vision and Hearing Care

This Policy Statement was formulated by a Task Force representing the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the American Optometric Association, and the American Academy of Optometry on the importance of getting your child's vision checked.

trying on glasses1. Vision problems can and often do interfere with learning.
2. People at risk for learning-related vision problems should be evaluated by an optometrist who provides diagnostic and management services in this area.
3. The goal of optometric intervention is to improve visual function and alleviate associated signs and symptoms.
4. Prompt remediation of learning-related vision problems enhances the ability of children and adults to perform to their full potential.
5. People with learning problems (i.e., dyslexia) require help from many disciplines to meet the learning challenges they face. Optometric involvement constitutes one aspect of the multidisciplinary management approach required to prepare the individual for lifelong learning.

• HeatlthySan Francisco.org offers resources for families to get low-cost dental and vision care.

National Eye Institute Organization National Database

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers services and training for San Francisco families.

Dental Care

University of California, San Francisco, offers The Community Dental Clinic, a student-run dental clinic providing free care for San Francisco's homeless population.

San Francisco Department of Public Health Dental Services offers a referral resource list of San Francisco dental facilities.

• HeatlthySan Francisco.org offers resources for families to get low-cost dental and vision care.

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