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Mission:

“We are committed to the lifetime wellness of our communities by providing accessible, comprehensive quality health care to everyone, with compassion and respect, regardless of ability to pay”

Vision:

"To improve the health and quality of life for the communities we serve."

Customer Service Vision Statement:

“UHC is committed to doing everything we can for our patients ”

 


United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley (UHC), with its corporate offices relocated to Fresno, California in 2019, is a private non-profit organization, incorporated in January 1971, whose purpose it is to provide comprehensive medical, dental and community health services to the medically underserved in the central San Joaquin Valley. UHC is licensed by the State of California as a community health center, and designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) by the both Federal and State governments.

UHC delivers approximately 390,000 medical, dental, and other service encounters per year within 16 health center locations covering three Central Valley Counties of Fresno, Kings and Tulare. The ethnic composition of the patients served by the centers is 91% Hispanic, 1% Black, 7% White, 1% other. UHC accepts various modes of payment including Medi-Cal, Medicare, Tri-care, most insurances and sliding fee. Services are provided to patients without insurance on a sliding-fee-scale according to the patient’s ability to pay. UHC is staffed by a comprehensive team of over 700 health professionals consisting of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, lab and x-ray technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, nutritionists, and certified ancillary personnel, most of whom are bilingual.

The establishment of a rural health care delivery system was originated by community grass roots people who expressed the need to have improved access to health care for their under-served populations. Community groups began to work toward this purpose in communities across the country having severe medically unmet needs. Although each group started at different times, their goals were similar. They had envisioned having the most comprehensive family oriented health care system to focus on the high infant morbidity and mortality rates, lack of medical and dental services, and the paucity of accessibility and affordability to health care.

The result of such efforts can be found in modern medical and dental facilities in the 16 local centers in the communities of Parlier (2), Orange Cove, Reedley, Huron, Lemoore (2), Earlimart, Mendota, Kerman, Raisin City, Sanger (2), Selma, Fowler and Corcoran. Most of the health centers offer the following services: general and family medicine, pediatrics, general dentistry, pharmacy, clinical laboratory, x-ray, dermatology tele-medicine, integrated behavioral health, chiropractic care, optometry and preventative medicine programs. Programs such as perinatal health, nutrition counselling, WIC, health education and promotion, family planning, immunizations, translation, community outreach and transportation services, maternal and child health, are also available.

The UHC service area is located in the heart of California in the Central San Joaquin Valley. The San Joaquin Valley is considered the richest agricultural area in the United States. The agricultural economy of the San Joaquin Valley depends heavily on a farm labor force which is made up primarily of local agricultural and farm workers. During the peak harvest season migrant workers from throughout the Southwestern United States come to assist in the harvesting and processing of a variety of fruits, nuts and vegetables. The area is considered the highest migrant impact area in the County.

UHC works with other local and national groups, such as National Association of Community Health Centers and the California Primary Care Association in the coordination of services for migrant and seasonal farm workers. The Policies and Procedures, Goal and Objectives are set by the Board of Directors. The Board consists of professional, community, and consumer members. The President and Chief Executive Officer is in charge of the day-to-day operations and management of the health centers.

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For media relations please contact David Phillips, Community Development Officer at phillipsd@unitedhealthcenters.org or (559) 305 5254
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