Why Mendota?

AMOR’s Vision for Mendota: To transform health outcomes for farm workers and their families who are the hidden backbone of one the world’s most productive agricultural regions.

AMOR is building an alliance of medical, social service and youth development providers to fill gaps in health services, health education and social services.

Our goal is to work together to serve the poor, uninsured, underserved, farm workers and their children – those with limited access to health and social services in west Fresno County.

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Why Mendota?

AMOR selected Mendota, California for our first domestic project to increase access to health care and 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 need is unquestionably dire. Social determinants such as Mendota’s documented high poverty rates, unemployment rates and immigrant populations coupled with limited access to after-hours health care and specialty care and other community programs make this region a prime target for AMOR and our partners’ services.

  • A little more than 47% of the 11,430 persons in Mendota live at or below the poverty level
  • 97% of the children in the Mendota schools qualify for federally funded free or reduced price lunches

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The California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has designated Mendota as a “shortage area” for

  • Primary Care
  • Mental Health
  • Dental Health

A Community Health Needs Assessment for the San Joaquin Valley conducted by Kaiser Foundation Hospital in 2013, cites that Public Health directors in the valley region believe there is a tremendous need to do more in primary prevention efforts. The study found that the following leading indicators would need to be addressed to improve mortality and morbidity rates:

  • Access to health care
  • Physical activity and overweight/obesity
  • Mental health
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma

Secondary indicators identified include:

  • Substance abuse
  • Education
  • Tobacco use
  • Responsible sexual behavior
  • Environmental quality
  • Injury and violence
  • Immunization
  • Infant mortality
  • Premature death

fwmosaic3Our vision is to build a multi-structure, eco-friendly facility that serves as an extended hours, specialty and preventative care health center and hub for comprehensive wraparound social services.
AMOR is working with community leaders and organizations to mobilize an alliance of service providers to help Mendota residents build a healthier community and fill service gaps in the region.

AMOR has moved from the planning phase into the design phase of building a health clinic, family resource center and youth center for families in Mendota, CA.

AMOR is creating partnerships with medical and safety-net providers and well-established and reputable community-based organizations. This innovative collaboration is designed to improve the quality of life for farm workers, their families and surrounding communities

To learn more about the local project or ways to get involved contact us at (559) 440-8330 or email us at info@amorelief.org 

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Sources:
The Healthcare Atlas,” California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, accessed May 15, 2015, http://gis.oshpd.ca.gov/atlas/places/mendota#-120.379277,36.757168
viii “2013 Community Health Needs Assessment,” Kaiser Foundation Hospital—Fresno, accessed May 15, 2015, http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Fresno-CHNA-2013.pdf

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