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GROINED WAS RECENTLY BROKEN FOR A NEW WELLNESS CENTER. IT STANDS FOR THE ALLIANCE FOR MEDICAL OUT REACH AND RELIEF. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS HEALTHCARE SERVICES PROVIDED THERE WILL BE AFFORDABLE. HERE NOW WITH MORE ON THE PROJECT AND HOW THE CLINIC WILL IMPACT THE VALLEY, LET’S BRING IN THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. WELCOME. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US. WE’RE SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT. WELL, IT’S BEEN AROUND FOR TEN YEARS. OUR FIRST PROJECT WAS IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN. WE HAVE A 100 BED HOSPITAL AND TEN CLINICS THERE. TREAT ABOUT 100,000 PATIENTS A YEAR. IT IS A VERY ROBUST PROJECT AND HAS BROUGHT US A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN HOW TO WORK WITH COMMUNITIES THAT ARE VERY CHALLENGED WHEN IT COMES TO RESOURCES AND KIND OF UNDERSTANDING HOW MORE DIFFICULT SYSTEMS WORK. THAT’S SOME OF THE TALENT THAT WE’RE BRINGING TO OUR MENDOZA PROJECT. THIS HAS BEEN A HUGE JOURNEY FOR YOU GUYS. JUST HAD A GROUND BREAKING. WE JUST HAD THE GROUND BREAKING ON FRIDAY. IT WAS PHENOMENAL. YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR ABOUT FOUR YEARS AND PUTTING TOGETHER A COALITION OF AGENCIES THAT ARE NONPROFIT AND GOVERNMENTAL. BUT TO SEE EVERYBODY COME TOGETHER AND TURN OUT AND SHOW UP IN SUCH A POWERFUL WAY WITH JUST INSPIRING. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. IT’S BEEN A HUGE JOURNEY FOR YOU. HOW IMPORTANT WILL THIS BE? IT’S NOT JUST MENDODA. RIGHT? SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME THAT OUR CENTRAL VALLEY IS VERY UNDER SERVED WHEN IT COMES TO ANY RESOURCE THAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ARE A CENTRAL VALLEY NATIVE OR HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT MENDODA, BUT IT WAS STARTED BY FARM LABOR WHEN THE CALIFORNIA STATE LAWS CHANGED ABOUT HOUSING. SO WHEN MIGRANT LABOR WAS COMING THROUGH THE CENTRAL VALLEY TO PICK CROPS, THEY USED TO STAY AT THE FARM WHERE THEY WORKED. BUT WHEN HOUSING LAWS CHANGED, THEN MENDODA SPRANG UP AS PLACE FOR FARM AND LABOR TO ACTUALLY LIVE TOGETHER. SO IT IS VERY RESOURCED. THERE’S NOT BANK. THERE’S NOT A PHARMACY. SO WHEN WE STARTED LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO DO THE PROJECT IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY, THOSE WERE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ATTRACTED US. HERE WAS A COMMUNITY THAT IS TRULY THE BACKBONE OF OUR INDUSTRY HERE IN CENTRAL VALLEY. AND YET THEY DON’T HAVE THE BASIC RESOURCES THAT YOU AND I TAKE FOR GRANTED EVERY DAY. AND SO WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT HEALTHCARE ‘CAUSE THAT’S OUR FOUNDATION. BUT WE REALIZED IN ORDER TO BE SUSTAINABLE, THAT THAT MEDICAL CARE NEEDED TO BE WRAPPED AROUND A WAY THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR MEDICAL PATIENTS AND STILL BE SUSTAINABLE FOR THE ORGANIZATION THAT WAS DOING THE SERVICES. AND SO THAT’S HOW WE CAME TO A HOSPITAL BASED RURAL HEALTH CLINIC. SO THEY DO GET THE LARGER MEDICAL RACE. THE ENTIRE POPULATION THERE IS ESSENTIALLY MEDICAL. SO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE ANOTHER CHALLENGE. SO MANY OF THE RESIDENTS IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES ARE IMMIGRANTS FROM AREAS LIKE EL SALVADOR OR MEXICO WHERE THE GANGS ARE REALLY PREVALENT. SO TO HAVE THOSE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN AS THEY’RE COMING TO SCHOOL TO SUPPORT A WRAP AROUND THEM SO THAT THEY CAN THRIVE ONCE THEY GET TO SCHOOL AGE ARE ESSENTIAL. WE’RE EXCITED WITH OUR PARTNERSHIP. I MEAN, THAT’S HUGE TO HAVE A MIX TO MAKE IT SO MUCH EASIER. ONCE YOU GUYS OPEN, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SERVICES? SO, BESIDES THOSE, THERE’S A PLETHORA OF SOCIAL SERVICES. A MASON CENTER WILL BE THERE. LEARN FOR LIFE, WHICH IS A CHARTER SCHOOL, WHICH PICKS UP STUDENTS WHOSE TRADITIONAL EDUCATION HASN’T WORKED FOR THEM. GETS THEM BACK ON THAT PATH AND GETS THEM TO A DIPLOMA AND NOT JUST A GED. AND THEN ALSO HAS DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS. WE’RE PARTNERING WITH WEST HILL COLLEGE TO GET SOME OF THEIR MEDICAL STUDENTS THROUGH THE CLINIC AND TO DO THEIR INTERN HOURS. WE’LL HAVE THE FOOD BANK OUT THERE. I’M ASKING FOR A LIST OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD. NOT ONLY IS IT CLOSER FOR EVERYONE. IT’S A ONE STOP PLACE. LET ME JUST COMMENT ON THAT. YOU KNOW, CLOSE IS SUCH A HUGE COMPONENT OF THIS. TRANSPORTATION IS A STRUGGLE. NOT EVERYONE IN OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES HAVE A CAR. AND THEN OFTENTIMES THEY HAVE TO BORROW FROM A FRIEND SO THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE GAS MONEY TO COME TO FRESNO TO GET SERVICES. ON TOP OF THAT, IF IT’S THE PICKING SEASON, THEN THEY’LL HAVE TO MISS A DAY OF WORK, WHICH LITERALLY CAN MEAN FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR FAMILIES IN ORDER TO COME TO FRESNO AND PARTICIPATE IN THE SERVICE THEY NEED. TRANSPORTATION BEING SUCH A HUGE ISSUE, HAVING THIS TYPE OF SERVICES RIGHT THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL SO OFTEN, WE CAN’T DO EVERYTHING IN THE HUB. BUT NOT SO OFTEN, WE FEEL LIKE WILL REALLY ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU GUYS JUST BROKE GROUND. TIMELINE WISE, WHEN IS IT PROJECTED TO OPEN UP? YES. SO WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO BE ABLE TO BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS IN 2021. AWESOME. SO 2020 AND 2021. SO ONE YEAR IS WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY. YES. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE GET THIS CONSTRUCTED AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. IT TOOK FOUR YEARS TO GET TO THIS. WE’RE DELIGHTED BY THE SUPPORT. WE WANT TO BUILD ON THAT MOMENTUM. AND SO SUMMER OF 2020 IS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR. AWESOME. WELSH THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR CHATTING WITH US. GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING. SOUNDS AMAZING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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