What an investment in La Clinica means
Since opening over 30 years ago, La Clinica has grown exponentially to serve one of our community’s greatest needs: affordable health care. In the last 20 years, La Clinica has achieved remarkable successes:
- Opened 23 new services sites in high-poverty neighborhoods and schools throughout the county. Most recently, La Clinica opened school-based health centers at Ashland and Phoenix high schools and Rogue Primary School in Central Point.
- Expanded services to include dental, mental health, substance use disorder, physical therapy, and more. These services are among the most cited as urgent community needs.
- Introduced services in the community to reach the most vulnerable, including a dental health prevention program that serves 15,000 children in high-poverty schools and the Mobile Health Center, a clinic on wheels that visits homeless shelters and service providers.
How La Clinica saves our community money
Health centers like La Clinica save $2,300 a year for every Medicaid patient served. This equals a savings of $37,208,103 in 2021 directly attributable to La Clinica’s services. In addition, researchers found that Medicaid patients at community health centers have significantly reduced likelihood of hospitalizations and emergency room visits for non-emergency issues. La Clinica stimulates economic growth in our region. In 2021, La Clinica produced $111,998,226 in economic impact (based on a multiplier of 2.9).
How we’ve built on our promise
In the late 1980s, La Clinica’s founders were inspired to open a health center by stories of agricultural workers who relied on costly hospital services for all their healthcare needs. They delivered their children without prenatal care and put off seeking professional medical services because of cost, suffering needlessly.
Today, La Clinica operates 29 service sites and cares for more than 30,000 patients a year. Community members have access to medical and dental care, mental health services, treatment for substance use disorder, prenatal and gynecology services, pharmacy, physical therapy, acupuncture, grief counseling through WinterSpring grief education and support program, movement, nutrition, and cooking classes, and health, workforce, and personal development classes and workshops.
La Clinica maintains its promise to the community: No one will be turned away for their inability to pay.