The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation dba Champions For Health addresses the unanswered healthcare needs of low-income and uninsured San Diego County residents. Since 2008, Champions for Health has facilitated over $24 million in pro bono specialty care, procedures, and surgeries in collaboration with a network of physicians, hospitals, and clinics across San Diego County. These life-saving services have been provided to more than 6,500 patients who have been able to regain their health, return to work, care for their families, and remain productive members of their community.
Champions for Health is the only systematic and organized means for physician medical volunteerism in the County, activating the commitment of the medical community to assist individuals and communities to improve health and change lives. The social determinants of health are addressed in intimate community settings through blood pressure screenings, diabetes prevention, and Live Well San Diego Speaker’s Bureau presentations. We are the 3rd largest immunization provider in the County targeting geographic areas with low immunization/insurance rates with volunteer physicians, and nurses leading the charge, resulting in 16,000 San Diegans engaged yearly in their health.
We mobilize volunteer physicians and our network of partners to serve the uninsured with prevention and specialty care treatment, and step into the gap with defined programs, improving access to care, supporting physicians and the medical community and improve community and physician wellness. Health is a right for every human.