Champions For Health

Physicians Improving Health Changing Lives.

Approximately 170,000 of our neighbors in San Diego County are uninsured. Champions for Health’s (formerly known as the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation) flagship program Project Access San Diego (PASD) is the safety net for those without healthcare services. Because of their close connection with the physician community, Champions for Health is able to navigate and coordinate care that gets low-income, uninsured men and women back to health, back to work and caring for their families, and back to being contributing member of our community.

In celebration of their dedicated physician volunteers who provide healthcare services pro bono, Champions for Health will host their 6th Annual Health Heroes Awards Reception at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on March 26th. This event is the culmination of the organization’s Aces for Health Golf and Tennis Tournament, taking place earlier that day.

The 2018 Health Heroes honorees include Jo Marie Janco, MD, a gynecologist and oncologist, who has performed 19 surgeries for PASD women in need.

Nikolas London, MD, specializing in Retinopathy, has volunteered since 2014 and has never refused a PASD patient, believing no San Diegan should suffer preventable blindness - and he will do everything in his power to help.
Lawrence Cooper, MD, an Ophthalmologist, has dedicated his life to volunteering for those in need in San Diego and abroad. When asked about his experience with PASD, Dr. Cooper shared, “It is the best time of my year. Champions for Health makes it easy to give back because they streamline the process. You don’t have to travel abroad to help people and our compatriots right here.”

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