The Social Action Community Health System (SAC Health System) is a long established facility dedicated to serving the medical, dental and mental health needs of the Medically Underserved Area (MUA) of the City of San Bernardino, California, and local surrounding communities. The City of San Bernardino has been identified as one of the lowest economic regions in the entire United States, second only to Detroit, Michigan.
Approximately 61% of SAC Health System's user population report income levels below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Another 38% do not report any income. Patient families experience tremendous obstacles to care, including homelessness, lack of insurance, education, transportation, high rates of violence i.e. the December 2, 2015 killing of 15 people in a terrorist attach, crime and poverty, cultural difference and other barriers.
With the recent advent of expanded access to federally subsidized, mandatory medical insurance the demand for and access to treatment, and therefore the need for increased treatment professionals and treatment equipment, has become acute. The SAC organization is now a Federally Qualified Health Center, and is a designated Teaching Health Clinic and Graduate Medical Education Program facility.
This designation allows serving of patients in the MUA of the San Bernardino region and thus the SAC Health System is meeting the safety net needs of the residents as well as the development of medical professionals who, upon completion of their education, have a probability of serving the residents of MUAs.
Due to the expansion of service to the patient population THE SAC Health Clinic is in need of additional diagnostic and treatment equipment to adequately serve their patients.