Project Spotlight: Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo (Clinicas) was the first migrant health center established in this nation by the federal government in 1970. Serving Imperial and East Riverside counties in southeast California, Clincas has expanded from two original clinics to twelve clinics, three dental centers, three Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Education Centers, and six WIC voucher distribution sites. All clinics have bilingual and bicultural staff to assist patients.
Clinica’s mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve by providing direct access to comprehensive quality primary and preventive health care for high-risk and underserved Imperial Valley residents in a manner consistent with their dignity and identity and at a reasonable cost through strategically-situated health centers.
Asthma is a common health problem in Imperial County, a largely Latino border community. It affects one in five children in Imperial County which is higher than national estimates. With Vesper Society’s support, Clinicas is developing a comprehensive asthma program for high-risk pediatric patients. Interventions are to include asthma education, environmental assessments and remediation, chronic care coordination as well as home visits by Community Health Workers or “Promotoras.”
Building on this work, Clinicas is part of a partnership awarded a $4 million Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grant in 2013 to study asthma in Imperial County. Partners include San Diego State University and the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Comité Cívico del Valle, and a division of the state health department (California Breathing). They will study factors such as how residents care for their health, how they use asthma medication, how they control things in and outside the home that cause asthma (known as environmental triggers), the quality of care received from health professionals, and air quality.