Services cut at Chapa De health clinic

By: Gloria Young, Journal staff writer
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Chapa De, a health care clinic specializing in services to Native Americans, has temporarily cut some programs. “We’ve been hit hard by the economic downturn like everyone else,” said Pamela Padilla, administrative services coordinator. The clinic, which has offices in Auburn, Grass Valley and Woodland, is eliminating optometry, behavioral health, chiropractic, podiatry and acupuncture services for the time being, she said. Padilla declined to say how many positions were cut, but did confirm the cuts were focused on the eliminated programs. “We’re hoping to bring these services back,” she said. “We’re now focusing on core services – medical and dental.” The clinics also are licensed and credentialed to do Family PACT services — family planning for low-income men and women. Created in the mid-1970s, Chapa De is a private, non-profit community health clinic that also serves Medi-Cal and Medicare patients, as well as some PPO clients, Padilla said. This is the first time the health care provider has had to make cuts, Padilla said. “It doesn’t impact the number of patients we can take,” she said. “We’re open to the public at all of our facilities.” During fiscal year 2009, the clinics had 9,117 registered Native American patients, including 5,646 active Native American patients. These figures were gathered by the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, California Area Indian Health Service statistics. The Auburn Chapa De clinic is at 11670 Atwood Road.