La Clínica Celebrates 15 Years of Providing Health Services for Vallejo
Over the last 15 years, La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. has been serving an ever-increasing number of
Vallejo residents, many of whom were without a health care home before La Clínica opened its
doors. Yet even as La Clinica has grown from one location to its current five service sites in Vallejo,
there remains unmet demand for the health services it provides. La Clínica is a 46-year old
community health center that annually serves approximately 90,000 patients at 34 locations in
three San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. It is one of the largest
community health centers in the state of California.
La Clínica's comprehensive services include: pediatrics, family medicine, women's health care,
behavioral health, dental, vision, and health education. They offer these services regardless of
people's ability to pay or insurance coverage.
La Clínica currently operates five clinics in the City of Vallejo. La Clínica Vallejo is a medical clinic
located on Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo and has 14 exam rooms. One mile away is La Clínica
Vallejo Dental, a dental site on Sonoma Boulevard with 5 dental chairs. La Clínica North Vallejo
is located next door to Sutter Solano Medical Center on Hospital Drive, and has 15 exam rooms. La
Clínica Vallejo Great Beginnings, which has six exam rooms, is located on the same campus as La
Clínica North Vallejo. In addition, La Clínica recently opened a School-Based dental-only site with
one dental chair at the Elsa Widenmann Elementary School in Vallejo.
Today, these five clinics serve more than 16,000 patients each year in total and provide over 65,000
visits. In 2016 just two clinics, La Clínica Vallejo and La Clinica Dental, served 5,090 of Vallejo’s
children, 5,073 adults, and 712 seniors.
Despite La Clínica’s successes and expansions, Vallejo remains challenged in providing sufficient
access to primary care. As a result of access barriers, some Vallejo residents still use the emergency
room (ER) more and primary care less than what is optimal. When residents over-utilize the ER for
their primary care needs, it incurs excessive costs on their households, the hospitals serving them,
and ultimately local taxpayers.
Nevertheless, more is required to fully meet the need for primary care in Vallejo, and La Clínica is
rising to the challenge. The organization is currently working on expanding dental and medical
services by co-locating them in a larger and more conveniently located space in Downtown Vallejo.
La Clinica purchased a vacant building just two blocks from its current Georgia Street medical clinic
and hopes to transform it into a state-of-the-art comprehensive health care facility that will offer
medical, dental, health education, and optometry services all under one roof. Projections are that at
full capacity the facility will see about 15,000 patients a year, which will roughly double its service
capacity at its current Georgia Street medical clinic. This means that more Vallejo residents will
have a health care home that is close to transportation, groceries, and other businesses in the
La Clínica welcomes any inquiries about the project, and it looks forward to continuing to meet the
needs of Vallejo residents by providing high-quality, culturally appropriate healthcare for all.