Health care for students this spring

Jennifer Ovalle

Family Health Centers of San Diego will open a highly accessible clinic at City College in May of next year. The facility will serve the basic health needs of students and offer a training opportunity for graduate nursing majors.

Family Health Centers are relocating to City College from their Broadway and 12th Street location. The new home will be on the first floor of the Math and Science (MS) building.

The organization operates 34 locations throughout the county, including 17 primary care clinics, three dental clinics, an HIV clinic and three mobile medical units.

In 2012, the organization provided care to 173,000 patients through 650,000 visits.

City College students who have passed the nursing exam can qualify to work at the new center. The Nursing Department educates an average of 130 students annually.

“I was delighted. Absolutely delighted,” said City College Dean of Nursing Deborah Berg, regarding the partnership with FHCSD. “We have been looking for a way for our students to get out in to the community setting.”

Second year nursing student Amber Hoover spoke of the opportunity to continue to grow at City College.

“I think we’ll hit kind of close to hearts,” stated Hoover. “A lot of us think we’re going to struggle when we get out of here so I think it’ll be a great opportunity to apply to something like that.”

The private, nonprofit community clinic will benefit City College students by offering services for chronic disease management (diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure), employment and immigration physicals, immunizations and STD screening and treatment, as well as children’s, dental and mental health services.

For more information about the Family Health Centers of San Diego, please visit: www.fhcsd.org.