Project Location

AMOR selected Mendota, California for our first domestic project to increase access to health care an other life enriching services for underserved farm workers and their families who live and work in the San Joaquin Valley – the breadbasket of the world.

The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has designated Mendota as a “shortage area”  for primary care, mental health and dental health.

  • Lack of medical and pharmaceutical services after regular business/school hours and weekends.
  • Limited access to medical specialist, such as pediatricians, which forces patients to drive 40 miles to the nearest specialty care provider.
  • Limited school-based health services and health education classes for 3,000 students
  • Farm workers, who make up one-third of Mendota’s population, generally retire between the ages of 49-52 due to chronic diseases, such as Asthma, HTN (hypertension or high blood pressure), diabetes, arthritis or dementia.
  • Families living in areas of concentrated poverty, like Mendota, struggle to focus on preventative efforts to stay healthy.

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Theories of Change:

  • If families are treated with dignity and empowered with access to affordable preventative health care, health education and comprehensive wraparound social and youth development services, then they will have the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives and their communities.
  • If we work together across  sectors – businesses, farmers and growers, city leaders, school officials, community residents and community-based leaders – then, we can more effectively transform health outcomes for the underserved, increase access to family services and youth activities, and enhance economic prosperity in the Mendota community and surrounding communities. 
  • If we create sustainable projects, then the benefits will be long term and the project will be replicable in other rural communities across the Central Valley.

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To learn more about ways to get involved contact us at (559) 440-8330 or email us at 

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