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Alameda County health clinic network for neediest
San Francisco Chronicle

Getting blood drawn should have been an easy part of Selesi Alatini’s checkup. But on this day, the nurses at Havenscourt Health Center in East Oakland were struggling to find a vein in her arm.

“I don’t really see anything that I’m comfortable about,” Karen Gersten-Rothenberg, a nurse practitioner, told the 16-year-old high school senior. “How hard is it for you to come back?”

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