In the Press

  • 1
  • September

RCHF Welcomes Neighborhood Healthcare to its Community Clinics

Neighborhood Healthcare and Riverside Community Health Foundation Announce a New Partnership to Improve Access to Quality and Compassionate Care in its Riverside Clinics 

Riverside, CA --Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) and Neighborhood Healthcare announce a partnership for Neighborhood Healthcare to assume operations of RCHF’s three Riverside community clinics: Eastside Health Center and Eastside Health Center, Building B located on University and Arlanza Family Health Center on Arlington to provide quality affordable medical, dental, and behavioral health services.  

RCHF is a local 501(c)(3) whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of its community through programs and services that encourage a healthier, happier, and more active Riverside. Over the last 25 years, RCHF has invested over $36.4 million in grants to the community, built three community health clinics, and offer programs that provide access to health education, physical activity classes, maternal wellness, and chronic disease including their CDC-recognized National Diabetes Prevention Program and cancer resource center, The Pink Ribbon Place. 

“We are very excited to welcome Neighborhood Healthcare to our community clinics,” said Dan Anderson, D. Min, President/CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation. “Neighborhood Healthcare has a proven track record of quality care, and we are confident that as the new operators of our three Riverside clinics, our partnership will create a model for the future that brings community to community health and fosters healthier and happier communities through compassionate and quality care.” 

Neighborhood Healthcare is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) community health organization. They serve over 350,000 medical, dental, and behavioral health visits from 76,630 people annually. Serving those in need with high integrity, professionalism, and in the spirit of collaboration, for more than 50 years, Neighborhood Healthcare has dedicated itself to improving community health so everyone can live happy and healthy lives.  

“We look forward to providing the type of quality, compassionate, whole-person care that the more than 76,000 other patients throughout Riverside and San Diego Counties have come to rely on us for more than 50 years,” said Rakesh Patel, MD, CEO of Neighborhood Healthcare. “We believe a healthy community is a more prosperous one and look forward to expanding this mission through [Riverside Community Health Foundation’s] health centers in Riverside.” 

All clinics will offer primary care, behavioral health, pediatrics, women’s health, prenatal, and dental care. 

The partnership will officially begin on September 1, 2022, with little to no interruptions to the current services provided. All clinics will be open and fully operated by Neighborhood Healthcare on September 6, 2022. 

Eastside Health Center 
1970 University Ave,  
Riverside, CA 92507 
nhcare.org/Eastside 

Eastside Health Center B 
1971 University Ave,  
Riverside, CA 92507 
nhcare.org/EastsideB 

Arlanza Family Health Center 
8856 Arlington Ave,  
Riverside, CA 92503 
nhcare.org/Arlanza 

About Neighborhood Healthcare

Neighborhood Healthcare provides quality, compassionate, whole-person care to everyone, regardless of their circumstance, throughout San Diego and Riverside Counties. We go above and beyond in serving those in need with high integrity, professionalism, and in the spirit of collaboration, just as we did when founded more than 50 years ago. In doing so, we dedicate ourselves to improving community health so everyone can live happy and healthy lives. 

About Riverside Community Health Foundation

Riverside Community Health Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community. Since 1997, the Foundation has been providing programs that advance a vision of quality healthcare and preventative education for all. Today, we deliver a multitude of programs that address health concerns such as diabetes, obesity, childhood oral health, and cancer in the Riverside, and Jurupa Valley communities. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence, teamwork, and our guiding values, we continue to inspire a healthier, happier, and more active community for generations to come. For more information, please visit us at www.rchf.org

  • 1
  • August

Pink on Parade Returns

Riverside, CA --Riverside Community Health Foundation is proud to announce the in-person return of Riverside’s 11th annual Pink on Parade breast cancer awareness walk on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Ryan Bonaminio Park located at 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506) from 7:30am – 1:00pm.

Pink on Parade brings Inland Empire residents together to celebrate, honor and bring awareness to those impacted by breast cancer. Participants are welcome to walk either the 5k Mt. Rubidoux route or 1.8k Family Fun route around Ryan Bonaminio Park.

Registration for the walk is now open. The first 100 registrants will receive a free 2022 Pink on Parade t-shirt, which was inspired by Pink on Parade’s 2021 virtual art contest winner D. Alexander.

Food, drinks, and merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.

Virtual participation is also available from the comfort of your home. No matter where you are located, all are welcome to join the virtual Art on Parade contest by creating any art piece inspired by breast cancer awareness in any medium. Contest submissions will be accepted beginning on September 18. 

A special survivor ceremony will be held during the event to celebrate and honor the journey of breast cancer survivors. A VIP area will also be dedicated to survivors filled with relaxation, community, and gratitude. The first 100 survivors who register for Pink on Parade by October 3 will receive a free t-shirt.

A new element of fun will be added to this year’s event— the Pink on Parade Classic Car Show. This is a classic car show guaranteed to take you down memory lane! People from all over the Inland Empire and surrounding areas will bring their classic cars from 1940s – 1970s. The Pink on Parade Classic Car Show will feature both import and domestic classic cars. All makes and models are welcome to join! Friendly competition will be underway, and Car Show participants can win in the following categories:

  • Best Domestic Classic
  • Best Import Classic
  • Best Overall

With only 60 spots available, car enthusiasts are encouraged to register for the show starting August 15.

Join us as we kick off the Pink on Parade season at our virtual and in-person Team Captain Kick-Off events where you will have the opportunity to learn more about the event, The Pink Ribbon Place, and tips on how to get your team started! Rallying a team means helping a mother, daughter, sister, or even neighbor receive vital support.

Virtual Team Captain Kick-Off
August 2  |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In-Person Team Captain Kick-Off and Happy Hour
August 23  |  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Escape Craft Brewery: Downtown
Oasis 440 Oriental Ave, Redlands, CA 92374

Each year, Pink on Parade raises awareness and funds to support the programs and services of Riverside Community Health Foundation’s cancer resource center - The Pink Ribbon Place. The Center offers hope to individuals and families impacted by cancer through a variety of resources, such as counseling, support groups, wigs, and nutrition classes.

Pink on Parade is proudly sponsored by Altura Credit Union, and supported by Riverside Community Health Foundation’s Corporate Sponsors: Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), Molina Healthcare, Pacific Premier Bank, Riverside University Health System.

For more information or to register for Pink on Parade, visit pinkonparade.org.

Helpful Registration Links/Dates

For more information about Pink on Parade visit www.pinkonparade.org

  • 19
  • January

RCHF Announces Two New Board Members

Riverside, CA - Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of its community is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members to the RCHF Board of Directors.

“We are so pleased to welcome Cheylynda and Rafael to our board of directors,” stated Dr. Dan Anderson, President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RCHF. “Both of our new members bring the spirit of community, dedication, talent, and energy to the table. We look forward to their expertise, guidance, and leadership as we continue to stay committed to the health and well-being of our community despite these challenging times.”

Rafael Elizalde is a longtime resident of Riverside and a proud product of its public schools. He currently serves as Senior Advisor and District Director to Congressman Mark Takano where he advocates for the needs of the Inland Empire. With a passion for mentorship, Rafael has worked to guide students through careers in public service and for several years he volunteered for the statewide organization, the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project. Rafael has a Master’s in Public Administration from California Baptist University and a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College.

“Organizations like RCHF are essential to a healthy and thriving community,” said Elizalde. “Right now, the need for health and well-being is greater than ever and it’s up to all of us to ensure that our residents aren’t left behind. I’m truly honored to a part of the Board of Directors and to have the opportunity to help my hometown during these trying times.”

Cheylynda Barnard is a lifelong Inland Empire resident who grew up in the city of Riverside. Cheylynda graduated from California State University, San Bernardino and returned back to the Riverside area to serve her community. For the last decade, she has served the Inland Empire as a social worker, and currently serves as the Regional Vice President of the Executive Board for SEIU Local 721, where she continues to fight for workers’ rights and social justice causes. She and her husband, Jay, currently reside in the city of Moreno Valley with their 2 young sons, Nathaniel & Maxwell. 

  • 29
  • October

Riverside Community Health Foundation Releases Health and Racial Equity Small Grants to Organizations in Riverside

RCHF will award a small number of organizations up to $5,000 to support activities that align with our mission to improve the health and well-being of our community. 

Riverside, CA –Riverside Community Health Foundation (RCHF) announces their Health and Racial Equity 2020 Small Grant Program to organizations in Riverside.  

 This funding opportunity will fund proposals focused on addressing social equity and racial justice as it relates to the reduction and prevention of chronic disease and mental health challenges. Priority will be given to proposals requesting funds to support existing organizational programming efforts and projects. 

 Grassroot organizations are essential in creating systemic change,” said Dr. Shené Bowie Hussey, MPH, ACSM, Vice President for Health Strategies/Chief Strategic Officer for Riverside Community Health Foundation. “Our Health and Racial Equity small grants program is an opportunity for local organizations in Riverside to begin to dismantle systemic racism. As an organization centered around improving the health and well-being of our community, we understand the detrimental impact of racism on one’s health. We are committed to disrupting health and racial injustices and want to equip local organizations to do the same.” 

Through the Health and Racial Equity Small Grant Program, RCHF seeks to increase access to mental health services and chronic disease prevention resources in an inclusive and culturally relevant mannerIn addition, they will create and improve social, economic, service, institutional, and built environment systems level approaches that support mental health and chronic disease prevention and improve protective factors and mitigate adverse agents that affect mental and physical wellbeing. 

RCHF will accept small grant applications on a rolling basis until November 30.  For more information about the grant, please visit www.rchf.org/grants. 

Media Contact: Anna Holbrook | Anna@rchf.org | 951.788.3471 

 

  • 1
  • October

SoCal Women’s Cancer Conference Returns Virtually This October

RCHF’s annual cancer conference launches virtually this October for a 4-day event focusing on what it means to be a woman and a cancer survivor. 

Riverside, CA –The Pink Ribbon Place, a program of Riverside Community Health Foundation, is proud to announce the return of the 4th annual SoCal Women’s Cancer Conference this year on October 21-24 for the English conference, and October 28-31 for the Spanish conference. The goal of the conference is simple but bold: to create an inspiring event which will provide one with quality education that will motivate one to implement real tangible life changing skills beyond diagnosis and treatment.  

The four-day virtual conferences in English and Spanish will feature over 40 speakers and eight categories of information related to cancers of the breast, gynecological, colorectal, skin, and moreBreakout sessions during the conference include intimacy during cancer, navigating cannabis and the connection between genetics and cancer.  

With cancer patients at an increased risk for COVID-19 access to experts in cancer through the SoCal Women’s Cancer conference is now more important than ever. This conference will be a space for women to be empowered through these difficult times. Navigating cancer through a pandemic is tough terrain, however, workshops are centered around helping women to be educated, advocate for themselves and thrive through their cancer journey.  

“The conference being offered virtually is a first for us,” said Abigail Lopez, MPH, CHES®, Certified Health Education Specialist for The Pink Ribbon Place. “Despite the new terrain, we are excited to announce that the virtual platform has actually allowed us to expand on the number of cancers and topics we are able to address. And for the first time ever, we are able to offer the conference in Spanish to meet the needs of the Latinx and Hispanic communities. COVID-19 does not stop cancer and we aren’t allowing it to stop us either.”  

 The keynote speaker for the SoCal Women’s Cancer conference will focus on helping guests find ways in which they can foster hope and build resiliency through these uncertain times.  

The English conference begins October 21 through October 24. Registration is now open at www.socalwcc.org. The Spanish conference begins October 28 through October 31. One can also register for the conference in Spanish at www.espanol.socalwcc.org. 

Media Contact: Anna Holbrook | Anna@rchf.org | 951.788.3471