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On October 15, 2019, the residents, faculty and staff gathered in the parking lot of the East Niles Community Health Center for a press conference.  We expressed our opinions regarding the halt to public charge rule which was detrimental for the health of our undocumented patients.


Dr Stewart reflecting on her New York roots inspired all present with the famous New Colossus poem written by Emma Lazarus in 1883, which is at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York City:

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

For more details: Kern SOL News

In the News

Dr. Matthew Beare and the Clinica Sierra Vista street medicine team routinely visit the homeless, providing crucial medical assistance and much needed supplied to to the underserved.  Their efforts were recognized in an article published by the Bakersfield Californian.

Full Story: Boots on the ground: 'Street medicine' team serving Bakersfield's homeless

Serving the Homeless


Dr. Jasmeet Bains, one of our graduates (2018) was honored as a hero in Taft for working in Family Medicine.

Jas is known to be very proactive in serving our community, and we are proud of her accomplishments and confident she will continue to offer excellent patient care in many years to come.

Full Story: Taft doctor honored as ‘hero’ for work in family medicine

An Exemplary Graduate


Dr. Fong Balart, a Rio Bravo graduate, was honored as a recipient of the Steven M. Johnson Loan Repayment Program in an article by the Medical Board of California, in discussing his childhood and strive to become a physician.

Full Story: Steven M. Thompson Loan Repayment Program Recipient: Dr. Josue Fong Balart

Steven M. Thompson Loan Repayment Program Recipient:

Dr. Josue Fong Balart

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