Another key program is the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine. “The Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine clinic is a non-profit medical and dental clinic serving low-income, uninsured families and individuals in the Coachella Valley.” The clinic is open Tuesday through Saturday and is staffed with volunteer doctors and dentists as well as other volunteer medical and non-medical staff. A quote from one of EMC’s family doctors about their service in this program:
My General Practitioner uncle told me 40 years ago that I would receive the greatest satisfaction caring for the lowest income patients. It is very true. There is a great sense of purpose helping those in major need, not only with their health, but in life. We all should give back, which is what drives you and so many privileged people here in the desert to help out in many ways in Indio. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful Practice at EMC’s Argyros Center the major difference for me is that much of what I do at EMC is Maintenance, here at VIM it is RESCUE.
Finally, we are looking forward to formalizing our agreement with Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, a private, non-profit corporation providing an array of comprehensive primary care services to residents throughout Imperial and Riverside Counties. Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo has expanded from two original clinics to nine clinics, three dental centers, and three Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Education Center and eight WIC voucher distribution sites.
The purpose of Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo is to provide direct access to comprehensive quality primary and preventive health care for high risk and other underserved valley residents, in a manner consistent with their dignity and identity and at a reasonable cost through strategically situated health centers.
Each of these opportunities provides outstanding community health experiences to Eisenhower’s residents and clerkship students.