About The Clinic
It was 1973 and healthcare for migrant and seasonal farm workers was almost non-existent. Underfed, poorly clothed and with little to no education, the farm worker community was facing a health crisis that was not being addressed at a local or national level.
Respected physicians - Dr. Paul Monahan, Dr. Donald Gargas and Dr. Julie Ricking - cared deeply about this ‘forgotten’ community and, together with a group of committed care providers, set up the clinic in a small house made out of plywood and built by VISTA volunteers. Conditions were far from perfect, but it was a start.
We’ve come a long way since and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has grown into a Joint Commission-accredited community/migrant health center, and is the largest community based health center in the Pacific Northwest.
Courage, compassion & resilience
By the late 80’s the clinic had come of age. In the face of opposition, we set up a host of additional services that patients needed - behavioral health, nutrition services, community service programs, OB care as well as dental care. Our footprint grew, expanding from the original location in Toppenish to new clinics across eastern Washington.
Today and beyond
Today, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has locations throughout Washington and Oregon, impacting the lives of thousands of adults and children each year. We embrace new technologies and systems that engage and empower patients to actively participate in their own care and are well placed to meet the evolving needs of our communities.
Our Mission statement is our daily guide:
“Together we are dedicated to lead, with the courage to care, the determination to promote personal growth, and the compassion to champion the cause of those who have no voice”.
We are committed to providing quality services to everyone, regardless of an individual's financial or citizenship status. A sliding-fee scale is available for those without health insurance.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a FTCA Deemed organization.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a network of health care clinics that receives HHS funding and has Federal PHS deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims, including medical malpractice claims, for itself and its covered individuals.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has long relied on the courage and vision of a passionate leadership team. The mission of the organization is at the core of what they do.
News & Press Releases
Our news and press releases are an important resource for our patient community. Check back regularly for clinic updates, tips and insights on how to improve general health as well as updates on healthcare options.
Are you a new or existing patient? A healthcare professional or a provider interested in joining our team? Or a student or volunteer eager to learn about opportunities at our clinic? Please contact us.
Locations, Specialties, Services & Programs
With clinics, services and programs in many areas of Washington and Oregon, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a part of your neighborhood. We are family.
To maintain the heath each member of your family, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic offers specialized care through our clinics, services and programs. In addition, YVFWC works with other providers to ensure the very best health care is easily available for your needs.
Services & Programs
The list of services includes medical and dental care, behavioral health care, pharmacy services, community health services, nutrition services or people affected by HIV/AIDS. There are residencies, fellowships, educational and employment training programs.