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The Hepatitis Testing, Education, and Vaccination Section (HepTev) is now accepting applications!

The application for Hep-TEV can be found here. Applications are due Friday, April 24th at 11:59 PM.

Hep-TEV was founded in 1999 to address viral hepatitis within our communities. Our section provides the following services free of charge to clients in need: hepatitis testing and counseling, HIV testing, tuberculosis skin tests, and vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, tetanus, and flu. We provide services to clients on Saturdays from 11 – 1pm and 3 – 5pm and Sundays from 4 – 7pm. In addition to serving clients at our clinic, we partner with other organizations, such as the Suitcase Clinic and Berkeley’s Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (NEED), to provide testing and vaccination services outside the clinic. All of our volunteers not only provide services but also work on independent projects including outreach coordinating, funding, grant writing, teaching efforts and policy efforts.

The Information Resources Collective (IRC) deadline is extended!

The deadline for applying to IRC has been extended by a week.

The new deadline is Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 11:59PM. The application can be found here. Please submit completed applications to bfc.irc.training@gmail.com. Applications can also be dropped off or mailed to 2339 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 by the new deadline. Thank you!

The Information Resource Collective (IRC) is now accepting applications!

The Information Resource Collective (IRC) is currently accepting applications! 

The application can be found here and will be due by Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 11:59PM. Please submit completed applications to bfc.irc.training@gmail.com. Applications can also be dropped off or mailed to 2339 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 by the deadline. Thank you! 

Saturday Services Schedule Update

The Saturday Services Section will not be offering its regular services on the first Saturday of the month for the months of February, March, and April. Anonymous HIV testing and Hepatitis testing will continue to be offered, and there will be a staff member at the Information Resource Desk to assist with questions and referrals. 
 
The Saturday Services Section will be dedicating these three Saturdays to important trainings for our volunteers, which we hope will improve our trans* inclusivity and trans* competency. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!
 
Other referrals for similar services:
Ann Chandler Berkeley Public Health Department, at 510-981-5350. drop-in on the first Saturday of the month from 11-2:30 pm and Mondays 1-3 pm,  open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for appointments as well.
 
Planned Parenthood at 510-300-3800; West Oakland Planned Parenthood is open 2 Saturdays a month between 10 -1:30, can often accept dropin appointments until they're full.

The Lab Section is currently accepting volunteer applications!

To access the application, please click here. All applications are due by Friday, January 23, 2015, 11:59PM PST. Late applications will not be accepted. No experience required!

Winter Holiday Schedule

Due to the holidays, the clinic will be closed Wednesday 12/24, Thursday 12/25, and Wednesday 12/31, Thursday 1/1/2015. 

On Friday 12/26, we will not be providing any medical services. However, we will be offering peer counseling and our front desk will be in to answer calls and provide referrals. 

Otherwise, services will continue as usual. 

Happy holidays! 

Saturday Services Section is Accepting Volunteers

Volunteer with us!

The Saturday Services Section is currently accepting applications to volunteer with us for a minimum commitment of 2-years. The deadline for submitting applications is September 17th, 2014. Click *here* to download the application & instructions. We are seeking a diverse group of volunteers who represent the community we serve (Women and Trans* inclusive). Although we appreciate the interest of all potential applicants, we are currently not accepting cis-gendered male volunteers.

Contact us with questions at saturdayservicestc@gmail.com

New TB Test Hours: Mon/Weds/Thurs/Fri nights, Saturday afternoon, and 1st Tuesday night of each month

We apologize for this restriction in services. No other services are affected. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. Here are some alternatives for a low-cost TB test ($35 or less):

 

Healthy Oakland (510) 444-9155

- Sliding scale M-F 9-5:30 with limited drop-in Mon and Tues nights 6-9pm

- http://healthycommunities.us/HealthyOakland.html

 

Concentra Urgent Care (510) 465-9565

- Flat fee M-F 8-5

- http://www.concentra.com/patients/urgent-care/

 

Berkeley Health Center (510) 843-6194

- Flat fee Wed, Thu, Fri 8-5

- http://bacfqhc.snappages.com/the-berkeley-clinic.htm

 

Berkeley Public Health Clinic (510) 981-5350

- Sliding scale Tuesdays 9-11 am and 1-4 pm

- http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Health_Human_Services/Public_Health/Tubercu...

 

Affordable Care Act (Covered CA) Enrollment Help

We now have Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) that offer in-person application assistance to help you enroll in affordable health care through Covered California or Medi-Cal. We do not offer assistance over the phone, and unfortunately are not available to answer questions about an already existing application (please call Covered California directly at 800-300-1506). There is currently a wait list for assistance, but to get started, please call (510) 548-2570 or (800) 6-CLINIC between the hours of M-F 3-9pm, Sat 11 am-5pm, Sun 4-8pm. 

Berkeley Free Clinic Statement of Opposition to Albany Bulb Eviction

Berkeley Free Clinic Statement of Opposition

The Berkeley Free Clinic opposes the continuing eviction of City of Albany residents from the Albany Bulb and the forced displacement of these citizens to Berkeley and surrounding communities. The Albany City Council has not provided these Albany residents with adequate housing and social programs. The Council's only action prior to the eviction has been to pay the Berkeley Food and Housing Project $60,000 to absorb these 60 to 70 residents, in lieu of providing adequate services in Albany. Berkeley and surrounding cities do not have available housing and social services to accommodate this many new homeless people in such a short time. Forcing residents out of their stable community in the Albany Bulb is traumatic and will strain the already highly-impacted social services in Alameda County. It is the opinion of the Berkeley Free Clinic that the Albany Bulb Eviction is equivalent to eviction from low-income housing.

Background of the Albany Bulb Community and Eviction

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