Nestled on the corner of a quiet block in San Diego's El Cajon neighborhood sits the Excellence and Justice Elementary Academy (EJE). The nonprofit, dual-language charter school serves elementary and middle school students, 75 percent of whom are Latino.
Established after a local elementary school abruptly closed and displaced 500 students from predominantly low-income families in 2005, the school's main focus is to prepare its students to excel in higher education and to be leaders in a global economy. Recognizing EJE's commitment to academic achievement and character development, and cognizant of the health challenges often faced by the families in this underserved region, Bastyr University California has opened a free health clinic for the academy's students and their families, as well as school staff.
Following the community care sites model established by Bastyr's teaching clinic in Seattle, patients at this clinic are seen by a team of students in the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program supervised by a licensed naturopathic doctor. Bastyr University California also offers naturopathic community care clinics at Alternative Healing Network's three San Diego locations, all of which promote interactive healing arts and improve access to natural health care in underserved neighborhoods throughout the city.
The following video shows the powerful effect the community clinic has had on both its patients and the Bastyr clinicians who work there:
Donna Jacobson, a patient at the Bastyr Clinic in San Diego, shares her story of battling breast cancer and the treatment she received at the clinic.