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La Esperanza Health & Dental Centers

La Esperanza Health & Dental Centers Logo The mission of Esperanza Clinic is to provide Quality Primary and Preventive Health Care Services to all people, particularly the Medically Underserved, in San Angelo and the Concho Valley area." This clinic was founded in 1994 and serves the people of Tom Green county and adjacent areas of different other counties. This service area has been designated as a Medically Underserved Area. The clinic maintains two service sites, which houses the practices of full time internists, pediatrician, dentist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife and dental hygienists. Our Centers provide such services as: Primary Medical Care Diagnosis and Treatment of Illnesses Management of Chronic Illnesses, Screening and Disease Prevention ,Physical Examinations, Well Child Examinations, Childhood and Adult Immunizations, Limited Urgent Care and Preventative Dentistry for Adults and Children, Nutritional Counseling, Mental and Behavioral Health Counseling, HIV/AIDS and STDs Testing and Counseling Referrals to Specialists, Community Outreach Services, Community Health Education and Laboratory Services. FQHCs also know 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.