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Mendota Health Clinic Getting Big Expansion

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United Health Centers of Mendota broke ground on their expansion site in September, just a few feet from their present clinic. The new clinic will total 12,000 square feet and will provide both state-of-the-art medical equipment, space for three dental care providers and one optometry room.

Border Hopping for Health Care

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Many Mendota residents go to Mexico or El Salvador for medical care. But unlike Sigala, for many people the issue is cost. Fernando Gomez recalls taking his parents on the long drive to seek health care in Mexico because they lacked sufficient health insurance.

“We took a few 24 hour drives up and back to pick up certain medications that were not covered by our health insurer. While we were there a family member used the visit to have dental work done. But, the dental office and the surrounding businesses, restaurants included, had no hot water,” he says. Gomez wondered how clean these places could be if there was no hot water.

Mendota: 'The Cantaloupe Center of the World'

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The city of Mendota is located in the heart of California’s fertile Central Valley. Originally a railroad station built in 1891, and later incorporated as a city in 1942, it’s nestled in western Fresno County 40 miles west of the city of Fresno. The railroad closed the station in 1910 and agriculture took over as the major industry for employment in the area. A city now known as “The Cantaloupe Center of the World,” with a population estimated at 11,014 residents, over 95 percent of the population is Latino and 50 percent are foreign born. With nearly half the community being immigrant farm workers, there is a clear separation amongst the residents which is further exaggerated by a communication barrier on how to improve Mendota from within.