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The Clinic in the Park provides a “one-stop-shop” for visitors to talk to doctors and nurses about their health.
Hoag Shines BESST at ‘Clinic in the Park’
Thousands served by ongoing ‘One-Stop-Shop for Health’ events
To witness the Heart of Hoag in action you only needed to stop by The BESST Center in Costa Mesa last fall.
To be sure, the Heart of Hoag is easy to see in action in many places throughout Orange County during the year. But its spirit was on especially strong display that day as more than 20 community service organizations and agencies came together to provide health and education wellness services to underserved families.
Known as “Clinic in the Park: One-Stop Shop for Health,” the event was founded in 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the national CATCH Program (Community Access to Child Health) and Orange County pediatricians. This year Hoag partnered with the Clinic in the Park and the Newport Mesa Uni ed School District (NMUSD) to bring much needed preventative health services to the Costa Mesa community. The event was held at the NMUSD’s BESST Center.
Originally conceived by Dr. Phyllis Agran, a nationally renowned pediatrics physician and researcher, the Clinic in the Park is held several times a year in easily accessible outdoor locations, weather permitting. Its location changes from event to event to enable as many families as possible to attend.
“The strength of a community’s heart is measured directly by the compassion and support it shows to its most vulnerable members. The Clinic in the Park demonstrates, beyond a doubt, that Orange County takes seriously its responsibility to reach out to underserved children and families with vital health services that they might not otherwise have access to,” said Dr. Phyllis Agran, founder and medical director of the Clinic in the Park.
The clinic featured a wide range of free services and materials, from  u shots, a dental clinic and screenings, BMI measurements and nutrition counseling, to fresh produce, bicycle helmets and booster seats, and child-passenger safety information. To learn more:
Free Flu Clinics Provide a Healthy Shot in the Arm to Community
More than six thousand Orange County residents are better prepared for  u season thanks to Hoag’s Community Bene t Program.
The Hoag Health Ministry coordinated free  u-shot clinics at more than 50 locations throughout the county, from the Orange County Great Park, Costa Mesa Senior Center and Aliso Creek Presbyterian Church, to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Garden Grove, Laguna Beach United Methodist and Congregation B’Nai Israel in Tustin.
To reach as many residents as possible with this important free community service, Hoag added eight new locations this year. Additional clinics took place in Irvine, Tustin and Costa Mesa, and at the Center for Healthy Living in Newport Beach.
“Getting a  u shot is one of the easiest and most effective ways to avoid the  u. We’re proud that we can offer this important community service, and grateful that so many residents took advantage of it,” said Community Bene t Director Gwyn Parry, M.D.
To reach as many people as possible, Hoag expanded the  u clinics to more than 50 locations.

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