San Ysidro Maternal and Child Health Center

  • San Diego, California
  • San Ysidro Health Center

Project completed by Rodriguez Park Architecture and Planning

San Ysidro Health Center, a community clinic, relocated and expanded its women’s and children’s health and educational services into a new building adjoining the existing clinic. The Maternal and Child Health Center is a Spanish Colonial three-story 28,000-square-foot facility that houses medical services aimed at mothers and children. Some of the departments include Pediatrics, Early Child Development, Family Resource Center, Prenatal Care, Pediatric Dentistry, and Women, Infant and Children (WIC).

The San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) started in 1969 by seven mothers who realized the community had only one doctor for every 7,000 residents. This clinic grew at such a rapid pace that soon it became one of the major healthcare facilities in the San Diego’s South Bay.

Today, the SYHC has come a very long way; it is now a group of facilities that serve about 50,000 registered patients which are mostly Hispanic families below the federal poverty level. The SYHC is popular with the South Bay residents because its sites are well-served by public transportation, the staff speaks Spanish, has an understanding of Hispanic culture and the clinic provides an "integrative approach to healthcare" which is novel for community clinics which serve the uninsured and those on Medi-Cal. 

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