Samahan Health Centers Recognized as 40th Senate District Nonprofit of the Year
National City, CA – Samahan Health Centers, a multi-service health center, has been selected as Nonprofit of the Year for California’s 40th Senate District. Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) nominated the organization for the fifth annual California Nonprofit of the Year awards, being celebrated virtually this year.
“Our diversity is our strength in the 40th Senate District, and Samahan Health Centers enhances this by offering high-quality, culturally-sensitive care to those in need,” said Sen. Hueso. “I’m honored to be part of this special public recognition for Samahan and its longstanding support of our community.”
Samahan Health Centers began in 1973, when a group of volunteer doctors and nurses met to address the lack of culturally- and linguistically-competent health services available to their families and communities. They began providing free primary healthcare to Filipino and Latino patients out of a barber shop in downtown San Diego. The demand for services rapidly grew, and the group realized this effort would take more organization, full-time staff, and a space of their own.
In their commitment to Samahan (a Filipino word for “working together”), they formalized their efforts and created ‘Operation Samahan’. Since then, Samahan Health Centers has grown to multiple clinic sites in National City, Mira Mesa, and Rancho Peñasquitos and is recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center since 2013. It continues to increasingly serve the uninsured and underinsured population of low economic means, many of whom are members of the Filipino American community.
In the past months, Samahan responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching an outdoors COVID-19 clinic in the parking lot of its National City health center and has ramped up testing to accommodate more people. Samahan also offers telehealth services; most primary care, dental, and psychiatry patients are now seen either by phone or video conference, except for those who require a face-to-face appointment with their doctor.
California Nonprofits Day is an annual celebration organized by the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide alliance that advocates for California’s nonprofit community. This year 111 nonprofit organizations are being recognized in the virtual celebrations. Each honoree was selected by their local legislator as a stellar nonprofit organization in the district.