Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
85 N. 12th Avenue
Cornelius, OR 97113
Originally founded in 1975 to meet the needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families, the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center now serves annually 30,000 low-income and uninsured persons representing many cultural, linguistic, and vocational backgrounds. The Center, which began humbly in a three-car garage, has grown to six locations in four cities. As a component of its philosophy of providing comprehensive care and high-level wellness, the Center established Padres Con Iniciativas in 1988. This primary prevention program aims at reducing risk factors associated with child abuse and/or neglect. The program, which targets young Hispanic families with children ranging from prenatal through age five, addresses the children's physical and social emotional health by providing education, outreach services, and support to families in the early years of the child's life — a time when primary prevention has been demonstrated to be effective.
Participant visitors traveled west from Portland to rural Washington County for a site visit at the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center's Cornelius campus. In addition to a tour of the multi-building facility providing primary care, vision/dental, pharmacy, and outreach services, visitors learned firsthand about the Padres Con Iniciativas parenting program.