Health and Care

  • Vaccination Appointments:  It has never been easier to get your vaccine!  And now, anyone over 12 can get vaccinated, though children and teens 12-17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.  To find a location near you, click here.  For folks 18 years and older, you can check for nearby walk-in appointments and book your vaccination by going to, (Von’s) or  In-home vaccinations are available for homebound LA County residents, which you can request here.
  • Medicare and SilverSneakers: Several of the Medicare insurance programs have a free benefit called SilverSneakers, anonline exercise, nutrition and balance exercise resource.  To check your eligibility, click here
  • Santa Monica Accepting Applications from Seniors Needing Financial Assistance The City of Santa Monica is still accepting applications for a program that helps seniors experiencing economic hardship pay for basic needs. More info

Anne Premer, Congregation Care Associate

In 2016-2017, the Council welcomed Anne Premer, First UMC’s first Congregation Care Associate, as a council member with great sensitivity and expertise as we continue our efforts to help address the health needs of the congregation and our community.  As an extension of pastoral care, Anne works primarily with seniors, to assess needs and connect them with resources in the congregation and community.  Learn more about Anne here or call her at (310) 393-8258 ext. 103, or send her an email

To see a list of local Community Resources, go to the Congregation Care page.

Santa Monica Transportation Service: By MODE

What is MODE?  MODE stands for Mobility On Demand Everyday. WISE and Healthy Aging and Big Blue Bus partnered with Lyft to provide curb-to-curb, on-demand transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in Santa Monica.  Most trips on MODE are provided by Lyft, an on-demand ride service that matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up within minutes.  

You may use the service to go anywhere within the Santa Monica city limits. Health care: Visit a doctor, therapist, medical facility and hospital. Education: Take a class, attend school, a lecture or a discussion group. Enjoyment: Visit friends and relatives, church, the movies, the park or any recreational or social activity. Shopping: Go to grocery stores, department stores, the mall or any shopping area in Santa Monica.  

They also provide access to the following facilities during regular hours of operation: • UCLA Medical Center, Westwood • Kaiser Medical Centers in West Los Angeles and Culver City/Marina del Rey • V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center • Select shopping destinations on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice

Check their website for fares and eligibility.  

To sign up, call WISE and Healthy Aging at 310-394-9871.  For more information or questions, contact Anne Premer:

Through God’s love, the Health Ministry Council works to promote wellness in individuals, the church, and the community.  The council supports the mission of First UMC, plans and implements programs and activities that promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being and healing, and serves as an advocate for health and safety concerns.  For more information about the Council, or to volunteer, send us an email or call the church office (310) 393-8258.