Clinica Sierra Vista (CSV) has provided comprehensive primary care services to disadvantaged populations in Kern and Fresno counties in California for over 52 years. CSV’s service area encompasses several thousand square miles of farmland, desert, and mountains; it is the nation’s second-largest federally qualified health center. CSV is recognized at the local, state, and national levels as a leader in providing primary health care and preventative health education services to low-income individuals and families and among the medical community as a multi-institutional model for rural health care delivery.
Clinica Sierra Vista established its first community health center in 1971 and now operates a network of health centers providing medical, dental, behavioral health, and specialty care services. In 2022, CSV served 127,562 patients through 607,649 encounters; 73.68% of CSV patients live below the federal poverty level, 96.61% live below 200% of the federal poverty level, and 15.10 % do not have health insurance. Thirty-five percent of our patients are migrant and seasonal farm workers (MSFWs), and 80.34% are Latino.
Clinica’s core mission and vision is to provide healthcare access to the most medically vulnerable populations and improve the quality of life for low-income, underserved community residents of all ages. With an HPSA score of 21, Clinica Sierra Vista is eligible for NHSC scholarship and loan repayment programs.