The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has awarded the 2006 AstraZeneca Spirit of Humanity Award to the Montclair Medical Clinic – Health Service Alliance. The AstraZeneca Spirit of Humanity Award was established to honor and recognize the extraordinary efforts of an osteopathic physician, center, or program that provides urgently needed health care to the indigent, underserved, or those with barriers to quality health care. COMP alumnus and recent recipient of Pomona Valley Hospital’s Legacy Award, Dr. James Lally, Medical Director of the Chino Valley Medical Center, his residency program, and Western University of Health Sciences and medical students from the University are all volunteers and partners in the Alliance.

In a ceremony held on Monday, October 30, 2006, the Alliance volunteers and partners were recognized by elected officials and organizations for providing needed primary care services to underserved children and adults without access to health care.

“”As a fellow DO, I am honored each day by the accomplishments of our COMP

students and their work ethic and dedication to the University’s core

principles of “”humanism, caring, and compassion,”” said Dr. Benjamin L.

Cohen, executive vice president for Academic Affairs. “”This special

recognition for the Montclair Medical Clinic (MMC)-as the 2006

AstraZeneca Spirit of Humanity Award recipient-from the American

Osteopathic Foundation, truly echoes their commitment to our community

and the people whose lives they touch and aid through their service. I

am proud to have students of this caliber as a part of our WesternU

family, and more importantly, as a part of Dr. Lally’s and the City of

Montclair’s amazing efforts at the MMC.””

The Health Service Alliance (HSA) Clinic works to increase access to primary care for the uninsured of eastern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County. HSA also provides osteopathic learning experiences for medical students and DO residents in a lower income community setting. As a result of HSA’s work in the community, over 2,000 adults and children (unduplicated count) with limited or no access to primary care were provided a medical home in 2005.

Health Service Alliance is a community primary clinic that includes

volunteers from the City of Montclair, Chino Valley Medical Center

Residency Program, Western University of Health Sciences, Montclair

Community Collaborative, Inland Empire United Way, Soroptimist

International Montclair/Inland Valley, Bilingual Family Counseling

Service and San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.