August 7th – 13th is National Health Center Week!
Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) is a community health center organization rich in history and tradition. Community services have been provided to the residents of Barrio Logan at the site of our first clinic located at 1809 National Avenue for more than 100 years. In 1911, the San Diego Industrial School was built at that location. Later, the building became a settlement house and provided Barrio Logan’s immigrant residents with social services. By 1940, Barrio Logan had become one of the largest Mexican-American communities on the West Coast.
In 1970, Laura Rodriguez and a group of community activists sought to bring needed medical services to the Barrio. They took over the building and, after eight days of occupation, succeeded in negotiations with the City of San Diego and the community. This led to the gifting of the building to the community of Barrio Logan and the establishment of the Chicano Free Clinic. Medical care delivery began two evenings a week, and the health center saw approximately 150 patients each month. The clinic incorporated in 1973 as Family Health Services Center.
From these modest origins, FHCSD has expanded into a network of more than 36 locations, including primary care clinics, dental clinics, vision clinics, behavioral health centers, HIV clinics and multiple supportive services facilities.
Annually, FHCSD provides health care services to 170,000 patients through more than 730,000 encounters. Among the culturally and economically diverse population we serve, 76% of our patients live below the Federal Poverty Level. As a federally qualified health center (FQHC), FHCSD provides care to every patient in need of health services, regardless of their ability to pay.
The ever-growing breadth of our clinic locations, services and programs makes us the largest community clinic provider of health care to the uninsured in the county and one of the top 10 largest community clinic organizations in the nation. FHCSD is also the largest provider of HIV and hepatitis services in San Diego County.
The common thread running through all of our efforts is a desire to make each site, program, project and activity as accessible to community members as possible. For more than 40 years, our mission has been to provide affordable, high-quality health care and support services to all people, with a special commitment to individuals who are uninsured, low-income and medically underserved.
As one of the first health centers to receive accreditation by The Joint Commission along with their Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) designation, FHCSD continues to expand programs and services to address all health care needs. We are proud to honor our work and commitment during National Health Center Week!