Recognizing Illness Very Early and Responding (R.I.V.E.R.) is a student-run, public health organization that works to bridge the gap between preventative care and medical treatment. Its programs provide nutrition and exercise education in addition with professional resources to underserved communities in the greater Sacramento and Davis areas.
R.I.V.E.R.'s longtime goal as an organization was to expand its service through the formation of a pediatric clinic. In 2019, board members Sims Ma and Tara Allison spearheaded the effort towards clinic development by engaging with donors, researching the mobile vehicle design, and creating a team of clinic development interns and board members who currently work on outreach, fundraising, and ACE education. The R.I.V.E.R. Pediatric Clinic is now a sub branch of the R.I.V.E.R. organization, extending the preventative health mission to the pediatric community while also addressing medical needs.
R.I.V.E.R. Pediatric Clinic aims to provide a safe, clean, and easily accessible mobile healthcare environment. Our services involve both mental and physical health care with an emphasis on preventive health measures. We are dedicated to providing services aiding the healthy development of each patient and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) through screenings, Trauma Informed Care, and interactive workshops. The clinic is staffed with qualified physicians and medical students that will conduct medical examinations and undergraduate interns that participate in the intake process, screening administration, and hosting educational workshops. In addition, we have a wide network of partners including UC Davis Health, CAARE Center, MIND Institute, and Imani Clinic, allowing us to offer a variety of services for our patients.