Young & Healthy, a Pasadena nonprofit that serves and supports uninsured and underserved children and families in the Pasadena area, remains open to help low-income children get access to medical and dental care in the midst of the COVID-19 emergency.
Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Young & Healthy Executive Director, said their prevention, education and enhanced healthcare services will continue.
“With schools closed it may be harder for families to know how to reach us,” she said. “We will continue to offer health services to the low-income children of our community. The only caveat is that we ask folks to call us first. We will do our best to serve them.”
Young & Healthy also helps adults with insurance enrollment, healthcare system navigation and education. If a person does not qualify for one of its own programs, the organization looks for a community partner who can help and refers the client to them.
Young & Healthy began in 1990 as a small group of 19 physicians who agreed to donate their time and services to Pasadena area children who lacked access to medical and dental care. Today, the Pasadena-based organization consists of a volunteer workforce of more than 350 healthcare professionals, sustained by over 460 community volunteers and an extensive network of community partners.
“Poverty and hence, healthcare, are a constant challenge for 60 percent of the children in our local public schools. Young & Healthy facilitates the delivery of donated medical, dental, mental health and other healthcare services, free-of-charge, to underserved low-income children, ranging in age from infancy to 18 years, throughout the greater Pasadena area,” the group says on its website.
To contact Young & Healthy’s services, call (626) 795-5166 or visit their website, www.yhpasadena.org.