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San Ysidro Health Center.

That is the most common question asked of patients by the medical, dental and counseling staff at San Ysidro Health Center.

It is a critical question because family health – especially among disadvantaged and struggling families – requires more than just an occasional checkup.

Family health entails a blend of services, tailored to the needs of each family. San Ysidro Health Center provides those services and with compassion. They do not simply treat the patient with the bruised eye; they want to know where it came from, what is going on at home and how they can help overcome difficulties.

The most common thread running through their staff of more than 1,000 is the knowledge that their jobs are really a call to service. Most of the staff live and work in the same community as their patients. They see disadvantage and struggle, and many of them know about it first-hand.

Since almost half of the patients at San Ysidro Health Center are children, they work hard to have them ready to thrive by the time they enter kindergarten. They offer developmental, physical and dental check-ups for children, as well as family counseling and parenting classes. There are no-cost anger management classes and healthy cooking classes. Now, they run an adult day health center and Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

San Ysidro Health Center is committed to making sure that the 90,000 patients they serve have healthier lives. They do this through a team of staff members that go above and beyond, they are truly compassionate about what they do. It is also because of the compassion present in their non-profit network of 23 sites where they provide medical, dental and behavioral health clinics in Chula Vista, National City and Central/Southeastern San Diego.

What is difficult is that some of their strongly needed ancillary programming is unfunded. So please, donate now and help families reach their potential. www.syhc.org/donate 

To learn more about underwriting a specific program or to tour a SYHC state-of-the-art health center, please contact Ana Melgoza, Vice President of External Affairs at (619) 205-6378 or amelgoza@syhc.org