Office of Equity and Inclusion
Women's Healthcare Associates
525 SW Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97204
Did you know…
Dr. Paul Glassman and our panel of experts will examine the crucial role of integrating dental care into a primary care home and demonstrate the natural partnership of dental and medical professionals.
Date and Time:
April 2, 2015
7:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA
Director of Community Oral Health
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry
Virginia Garcia is a catalyst for change in health care delivery.
mission of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is to provide
high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health
care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill Counties with a
special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farmworkers and others with
barriers to receiving healthcare.
History of Virginia Garcia
1975, beautiful six-year old Virginia Garcia and her farmworker parents
traveled from their home in Mission, Texas to California and Oregon to
work in the fields. Along the way Virginia cut her foot, and by the time
they reached Oregon, it had become infected. Due to economic, language
and cultural barriers to health care, Virginia died from what should
have been an easily treatable wound on Father’s Day as her own father
was working in the fields, unaware of the tragic turn of events.
to action by Virginia’s unnecessary death, the community quickly
rallied together to open the first Virginia Garcia Memorial Health
Center in a three-car garage, determined to prevent similar tragedies
Today, Virginia Garcia provides healthcare
services to more than 36,000 patients a year in Washington and Yamhill
Counties at our five primary care clinics and pharmacies, five dental
offices, and five school-based health centers. We also provide outreach
to schools, community health fairs and to migrant and seasonal
farmworkers at local camps and commercial nurseries through our mobile