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Encounters Newsletter

Spring 2016: Building Bridges to Better Health

The Power of Diverse Voices; Marshaling Resources to Bridge the Gaps; WIN: A Meaningful Partnership with Venice Family Clinic; SUMMIT Program Lifts Substance Abuse Patients to New Levels of Treatment; Give Yourself the Gift of Art!; Venice Family Clinic Proudly Names Pediatric Program to Recognize Fineshriber Family Foundation; Silver Circle Gala: Oh, What a Night!; People, Places & Things!



Winter 2015: Specializing in Quality Care

Introducing Jeff Sinaiko: VFC Board Chair; Judy and Bernard Briskin Transform Women's Health Care at Venice Family Clinic; Specializing in Quality Care; Ensuring Strategic Services; Creating a "Home" for Those Who Have None; Our Annual Goals; What's Next at Venice Family Clinic; 2016 Venice Art Walk Signature Artists Announced; People, Places & Things!



Summer 2015: Lou Colen Children's Health & Wellness Center Opens!

A Note from Liz; Venice Family Clinic Expands Access for Kids: Introducing the Lou Colen Children's Health and Wellness Center; Inside the Center; Stabilizing Pediatric Funders; Celebrating Lou Colen's Legacy; New Programs for Youth: Supporting Homeless Youth, Revitalizing Resources in Culver City, Strengthening Children First/Early Head Start; Anthem Blue Cross Presents 28th Annual Children's Holiday Movie; Art Walk Raises More than $700,000; Silver Circle Donors Go Above and Beyond.



Spring 2014: Celebrating 35 years of Venice Art Walk & Auctions

35 Reasons to Support VFC and Venice Art Walk & Auctions; What Happens When Physicians Decide to Volunteer for a Good Cause?; Celebrating 35 Years of Venice Art Walk (Plus an Interview with Billie Milam Weisman); Silver Circle Raises Nearly $1,300,000; People, Places & Things!



Fall 2013: A Ground's Eye View of Health Reform

Introducing Board Chair, Bill Flumenbaum; Making House, School and Street Calls; A Ground's Eye View of Health Reform; Staff answer, "What has been the most pleasant surprise about helping to implement health reform?"; Charting the Future of Children's Health and Wellness; People, Places & Things!



Spring 2013: Venice Art Walk Returns to Google!

Don't Miss 2013 Venice Art Walk & Auctions; Iraqi Physician Looks to Venice Family Clinic for Family's Care; Silver Circle Raises More Than $1,200,000; Children First Early Head Start Needs Your Support; People, Places & Things!



Fall 2012: Our Family Speaks Out!

Venice Family Clinic releases results from its latest patient survey; patients, providers take the podium at congressional press conference; Venice Family Clinic physician remembers Children's Holiday Movie experience.


Fall 2011: Smile - Venice Family Clinic opens it first Dental Clinic

Read all about Venice Family Clinic’s new Dental Clinic; Friends in Philanthropy – Meet the Lead Donors to the Ruth Ziegler and Jack Skirball Dental Clinic; Artist Cards for the Holidays; One Thing to Remember – From the Board Chair Brian Kan, MD; The Biggest Change in Venice Family Clinic’s History is Underway: Implementation of Electronic Health Record; People, Places, and Things; recent major gifts; and more


Spring 2011: The Start of the Weekend (the new Skate Surf Auction at the Venice Art Walk & Auctions)

The Stars Align at Silver Circle; One Thing to Remember from the CEO; Thousands of Clinic Patients to Become Insured through the Expansion of Medicaid in 2014; Where to Look for More Information about the Health Reform Law; Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Hosts Surgery Access Day for Uninsured Patients; recent major gifts; and more


Fall 2010: Venice Family Clinic’s 40th Anniversary

It’s More about the Future than the Past; Silver Circle Sets a Date: February 28, 2011; One Thing to Remember from the Board Chair; A Patient’s Perspective on the Health Reform Law; Highlights of Health Reform Law Implementation; Where to Look for More Information about the Health Reform Law; Open Saturdays, Thanks to the Sathya Sai Baba Organization; recent major gifts; and more


Spring 2010: Location, Location, Location

Venice Family Clinic Opens a New Site in Mar Vista; One Great Cause – One Great Weekend of Art; Lou Colen, Dr. Neal Baer, and Gerrie Smith Honored at Silver Circle 2010; One Thing to Remember from the CEO; What Does the Health Care Reform Law Mean for Venice Family Clinic and Its Patients?; Recent Honors and Awards; Connect with Venice Family Clinic Online; recent major gifts; and more


Fall 2009: Who Needs Health Care Reform?

Venice Family Clinic to Say “Thank You” at Silver Circle, February 1, 2010; Patti Smith Talks and Performs for Venice Family Clinic and KCET; One Thing to Remember from the Board Chair; Frequently Asked Questions about Health Care Reform; Learn More about Health Care Reform; Mass H1N1 Vaccination Program Underway; Venice Art Walk & Auctions Turns 30 and Celebrates with More Art, Artists, and Artful Destinations than Ever; recent major gifts; and more


Spring 2009: Bring a Friend

A Message from the CEO; “Life Is Beautiful When You Can Hear”; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Visits Venice Family Clinic; Foundation Giving remains Strong Despite Declining Economy; “HOUSE” Star Hugh Laurie and Creator David Shore, David Geffen School of medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health System Honored at Silver Circle 2009; Four hundred artists. Ten architectural gems. One great cause.; Dear Doctor; recent major gifts; and more


Fall 2008: Special Effort Helps Some Lucky Patients Get the Specialty Care They Need

Exciting Plans in the Making for the 30th Anniversary Venice Art Walk & Auctions, May 16 & 17, 2009; Whole Foods 5% Day Raises Nearly $7,000 for Venice Family Clinic; One Thing to Remember from the Board Chair; Meet the Clinic’s New Board Members; Venice Family Clinic Wins the 2008 LEAP Award from California HealthCare Foundation for Helping the Uninsured Get Relief from Chronic Pain; recent major gifts; and more

Spring 2008: Sonia’s Story: A Little Girl Heals through Art Therapy

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Makes Its Largest Gift Ever to Venice Family Clinic: $100,000 for Medical and Dental Care; Silver Circle Raises More than $1,000,000 for the Second Consecutive Year; 20th Anniversary Children’s Holiday Movie Raises $100,000+ for Pediatric Care; Letter from the CEO; New Clinical Volunteers; For Two Days, Venice Becomes an Art Museum; recent honors and awards; recent major gifts; and more


If You Haven’t Supported the Children’s Holiday Movie, Here’s Why You Should; Kaiser Permanente Grants $500,000 to Venice Family Clinic to Help Renovate and Expand Three Sites; Billie Milam Weisman and Gelson’s Markets/Arden Group to Be Honored at 2008 Silver Circle Gala; Artists and Art Lovers Unite to Make the Venice Art Walk & Auctions a Huge Success; Message from the Chair; Meet the Clinic’s New Board Members; Volunteers Honored for 10+ Years of Service; recent major gifts; and more

Annual Report

2012: From Our Family to Your Family



2011: Moving Forward

2010: Can't Wait

2009: Why We're Here

2008: What if?
2007: Everyone Needs a Medical Home
2006: We provide free, quality health care to people in need.
2005: Opening Doors
2004: Small Victories
2003: Life Goes On

Short Story E-Newsletter

September 2012: Venice Family Clinic Is A Medical Home For Countless Families on the Westside
October 2011: Reach out and Read
March 2011: Venice Family Clinic Goes to Inglewood
October 2010: From Bootstrap to the Biggest of Its Kind: Venice Family Clinic Turns 40!
August 2010: Doctor’s Orders: New Program for the Homeless Pairs Healing with Housing
March 2010: This Is Personal: Artists Participate in the Venice Art Walk & Auctions for More than the Exposure
October 2009: A Young Man Hopes for Health Care Reform
August 2009: Confused by health care reform? Look here for answers. 
April 2009: Think you have to know health care to volunteer for Venice Family Clinic? Think again.
January 2009: The Year in Review: Eight Accomplishments in 2008
November 2008: There's No Place Like Home (A Medical Home, That Is)