Overcoming Domestic Violence
Marce lived in a shelter after being physically abused throughout her pregnancy by the father of her baby. In 2013, she decided to leave her spouse and move to San Diego to live with her siblings. After visiting her local community clinic for prenatal visits, she was referred to the California Border Healthy Start PLUS Program (CBHS+). Home visits by the Patient Navigator (PN) began with many challenges.
Through the CBHS+ Program, she was able to receive a referral to ESL classes, a pre-paid phone, emergency taxi-cards, and bus passes for her medical appointments, school, and domestic violence support groups. Additionally, she was provided with diapers and clothing for her baby. Today, she continues her schooling, Domestic Violence Support Groups, completed the HEAL Program and all Life Skills sessions within the CBHS+ Program, and found a job as a nanny.
She is also taking classes with the CDC REACH/ALCANCE Program to transition to San Diego City College to obtain her Community Health Worker certificate. Additionally, she is attending night classes at San Diego City College Extension to receive her certificate/license as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) with an expected graduation date of January 2016.