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The Mission of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is to provide high-quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary healthcare to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with barriers to receiving health care.
In 1975 the Virginia Garcia Health Center (VG) was established in memory of Virginia Garcia, a six year old from Texas, whose short life and death in Oregon changed health care services to Latinos in Oregon forever. Accompanying her farmworker parents to Oregon to pick strawberries, Virginia Garcia spent her last days in a migrant labor camp near the city of North Plains. There she developed blood poisoning from a simple foot wound, and although attempts were made to treat her, the unavailability of cultural and language appropriate medical services ultimately resulted in her death. Stunned by this tragedy, community leaders of the Hispanic and medical communities joined forces in an unprecedented effort to insure that such a tragedy would never be repeated.
Since VG's humble beginning in a three car garage, the center has continued to provide health care to the medically needy of Washington County for over 30. It continues to focus on the needs of migrant farmworkers, both through the health center and outreach programs in the migrant camps. The center continues to develop and expand its programs to meet existing and emergent needs. VG serves more than 30,000 patients each year from 4 health clinics, a mobile health van, 3 dental clinics and a school-based health center.
This is an amazing organization which does great things for the community! Contact us for more information on how YOU can get involved!
- Teresa Conroy
- (503) 352-8612
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