Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc. (Clinicas) is a FQHC with over 50 years of experience serving the low-income, homeless, and migrant/seasonal farmworker (MSFW) populations of Imperial and Riverside Counties in Southern California. In 2021, Clinicas provided medical, dental, behavioral health, substance use disorder and/or enabling services for 54,600 patients. For over 40 years, the proposed Health Center has treated the low-income, homeless, and migrant/seasonal adults and children from a small, limited-service facility. Currently, only primary medical services are provided in a 5,766 square foot health center with 6 exam rooms and 2 medical providers. The proposed project will relocate and expand the Health Center from its current 5,766 square feet to 15,120 square feet in an effort to increase capacity and expand medical services to the community. Clinicas recently purchased a strip mall and the renovation of a vacant portion of the strip mall will create the new 15,000 square foot health center. The project will consist of the necessary construction activities to renovate the facility to accommodate the expansion and addition of new services. The new facility will offer expanded primary medical services with the addition of 2 medical providers and 11 additional exam rooms for a total of 17. Patients will also be able to access expanded radiology services with the addition of ultrasound and a designated area for Radiology services. Telehealth services will be expanded with the addition of a telehealth technician and a telehealth exam room. Project renovations will also include patient waiting areas, provider offices, storage rooms, laboratory, conference room, restrooms and designated areas for Pediatric and Women’s Health. Primary care patient visits are expected to double from 7,943 to 13,300 with the increased capacity and new services. The proposed project includes the addition of Dental and Integrated Behavioral Health services at
the clinic which are not currently being provided for the patient population. The alteration/renovation will add 6 dental operatories to accommodate two new dental providers as well as areas for x-ray and panoramic x-ray. The addition of Dental services will allow for an anticipated 8,000 dental visits annually. The proposed project also includes the expansion of integrated Behavioral Health services at the newly renovated clinic. This will include the addition of a Licensed clinical Social Worker and three designated exam rooms for Behavioral Health visits. This newly expanded service will add 1,800 behavioral health visits annually. Patients will experience no lapse in access to services, as the existing Clinicas’ medical site will remain open and fully operational.