SACHS began in the 1970’s as a part-time volunteer effort by Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center Faculty and medical students who were struck by the large underserved local population that could not access the regular health-care system. For many years, this University effort to provide primary care services to the medically underserved was limited.
In 1995, the U.S. Air Force donated a 42,300 square foot, equipped health clinic facility at the former Norton Air Force Base that enabled SACHS to provide full-time, low cost, comprehensive community health care. Known as SACHS-Norton, this clinic offered a full complement of services.
Social Action Community Health System (SACHS) is a federally qualified health center (FQHC), under government funding and established to help care for the underserved population in San Bernardino. We have access to resources and preventive services that would otherwise be unaffordable for these patients.
- 15,000+ visits annually
- 99% Medi-Cal (Medicaid)
- 90% are minorities, 57% Hispanic/Latino
- 62% Women, 25% Children, 12% Geriatrics
- SACHS is surrounded by 15 medically underserved areas (MUAs) census tracts
One of the unique features on our inpatient medicine rotation is getting to do “Love Rounds” on a patient once a week. Love Rounds provide an opportunity to interview a patient in the presence of faculty, residents, and students about their emotional, social, and spiritual sources of support as they are coping with their medical illness. Many residents indicate that Love Rounds is one of the most impactful and memorable training experiences they have had during residency training that helps them integrate the practice of whole-person care.