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Centro San Vicente

Centro San Vicente Logo Centro San Vicente Family Health Center is a federally funded nonprofit community health center founded in 1988 and serves the people of El Paso county. This service area has been designated as a Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area. The clinic maintains two service sites in the lower valley of El Paso as well as a Clinic for Homeless Children and Families in downtown El Paso. Centro San Vicente provides comprehensive range of health services such as WIC, pharmacy, laboratory, social services, nutritional counseling, health education, radiology, integrated eligibility, and natural family planning. The center also has a referral system in place for other types of family planning, HIV/AIDS counseling/testing, substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling. Centro San Vicente Family Health Center is fully committed to patients' physical, emotional, and spiritual well being and will not turn a patient away regardless of their ability to pay. With its classic Western geography and because it shares an international border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's rich culture pervades everything in El Paso, from its art and architecture to its celebrations and cuisine. El Paso's area is 248 square miles, making it the fourth largest city in Texas, and 22nd in size in the United States. It is the nation's third fastest growing metropolitan area. FQHCs also known as community health centers are local, non-profit or public entity, community owned health care providers serving low-income and medially underserved communities. FQHCs provide high-quality, affordable primary care and preventative services to populations who, even if insured, remain isolated from traditional forms of medical care because of where they live, who they are, the language they speak, and their high levels of complex health care needs.

Although FQHCs have a broad prevention-based perspective on many health problems, they are much like private medical and dental practices, staffed by physicians, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals. They differ however, by the broader range of services provided such as social services, transportation, translation services, health education, and their management structure. In order to maximize limited resources, these private, nonprofit community practices have developed community linkages with specialty providers, local health departments, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacists, and other community organizations to ensure services are coordinated and eliminate duplication of effort. Although some services may not be available on-site, the health center does coordinate care and referrals to other providers in a way that assures comprehensive and convenient "one-stop caring" for its patients. In 2004, Community Health Centers cared for 562,065 Texans regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.