Through more than 20 years as an FQHC Look-Alike organization, AFHC has developed numerous productive relationships with a variety of agencies, including but not limited to other primary care providers, specialty providers, hospitals, governmental organizations, community-based organizations, mutual assistance associations, and faith-based organizations. These relationships have helped AFHC establish a broad continuum of care for its patients and target population.
To ensure that individuals requiring access to affordable primary care are aware of AFHC services and the availability of health insurance coverage (i.e., Affordable Care Act), AFHC maintains outreach relationships with a number of local organizations, such as the Dinuba Ministerial Association, the Dinuba chapter of Kiwanis and Rotary, as well as the City of Dinuba. AFHC partners with various county and community health agencies in areas such as disaster planning and childhood immunization. AFHC also provides free blood pressure testing through participation in the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency’s Department of Public Health “Yo Digo Si!” Program, an evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program supported by the CDC.
In addition, AFHC is a contracted provider for the Veterans Choice Program, which allows eligible veterans to seek care from community providers if they face wait times longer than 30 days for care from a VA provider, or the closest VA medical facility is greater than 40 miles from their home.
AFHC recognizes that its target population has many needs in addition to health care and works closely with other organizations in assisting in meeting both health care and non-health care needs. For instance, AFHC has partnered with Proteus, Inc., a local employment center for more than five years. Proteus provides education, job training, job placement, and other support services to migratory and seasonal farm worker families and other program participants. AFHC also partners with Community Services Employment Training (CSET), another organization that provides education and training, facilitates youth and community development, and provides job services and other resources to migratory and seasonal farm workers and their families.
AFHC partners with schools in various ways. For instance, AFHC partners with school districts in the cities of Dinuba, Cutler-Orosi, and Monson Sultana in providing health screening and outreach services. Dr. Kuldip Thusu, PhD, AFHC CEO, is a member of the advisory committee for the Dinuba MED Pathway Academy, a program designed to prepare high school students for success in colleges and universities, with a concentration in the fields of medicine, math and science. AFHC also provides externship opportunities for students throughout the school year, and it provides select students the opportunity to attend various medical and technology conferences throughout the year.