Physician Assistants Provide Gifts to Homeless

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, December 20, 2004
The brightly colored gift wrapped shoeboxes contained food, socks, phone cards, toys, gloves, dollar bills and other items. One of the recipients was Dee Dee who lives at the Salvation Army shelter. I got all kind of hygenes, little stuff for a woman. A homeless woman named Nicole said her gift was just what she needed. At least it brought up my spirits…this is cool. The boxes were put together by members of the California Academy of Physician Assistants. One of those members is newly elected state Assemblywoman Karen Bass. The state of California is grappling with access to health care, the state of California is grappling with homelessness. The Academy’s former president Julie Theriault (terry-OH) says California needs to do more to expand access to health care. Physician Assistants provide medical, diagnostic and therapeutic services under the supervision of licensed doctors. The Loaves and Fishes clinic is staffed by P-As from Mercy Hospital. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.