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About Clinica Sierra Vista

High-Quality Health Care is Everyone’s Right, Not a Privilege

In 1971, during the early days of the Community Health Center Movement, Clinica Sierra Vista was started in the small Kern County farming community of Weedpatch. A group of visionaries set out to provide quality health care to migrant farmworkers who harvested the lush agricultural fields in the southern San Joaquin Valley, but struggled to afford even basic needs like food, shelter, and health care.

We’re honored to continue to serve the men and women of the fields. We have also expanded our footprint throughout the Central Valley, offering care and support to the inner city, the rural and isolated, those of low, moderate, and fixed incomes, and families from an array of cultural backgrounds who speak several languages. We don’t inquire about immigration status because we simply don’t need to know. If you come to us, we will treat you like any other patient.

We attribute our growth and success to the simple guiding principle established in our early days, and it has never changed: Health care is a right for all, not a privilege for some. We often hear from patients that their 1st visit to a doctor was at a Clinica Sierra Vista community health center. We consider that a sacred responsibility, and we are humbled by their trust.

Clinica Sierra Vista is a comprehensive healthcare organization serving the primary medical, dental, and behavioral health needs of about 200,000 people in Kern and Fresno. With the continued support of federal, state, and local governments, we have been able to reach out to thousands of new patients, offering comprehensive programs tailored to the needs of those we serve over a vast geographical region in the heartland of California.

We know that health and wellness cannot be narrowly defined, that it encompasses a person’s entire life. That’s why we are leaders in delivering services to address problems like homelessness, substance use, teen pregnancy, and other struggles that can compromise physical and mental health. With great pride, we can also say that we are recognized as a social justice organization, advocating tirelessly on behalf of our patients in many areas, not just health care. We believe the vulnerable need a voice, and we have tried to add ours to the chorus since we founded Clinica Sierra Vista.

We plan to continue to work to build a system of care that will assure the survival of a locally governed and controlled healthcare agency. Our success far exceeds the original projections and expectations of the funding agencies and founders of a small, rural health program in Weedpatch. That success has been mainly from the dedication of this organization’s board and staff. Our team has demonstrated a deep understanding of rural healthcare delivery, community relationships, and an intimate, personal knowledge of patient needs.

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To learn more about Clinica Sierra Vista and how we give back to the community, please contact us at (661) 635-3050. We can help you get the treatment you need, regardless of your ability to pay.