Capay Valley Health and Community Center will provide essential services

Esparto and the surrounding Capay Valley will soon have access to the Capay Valley Health and Community Center, a hub for medical and social services.

The idea for the health center originated at a town meeting over 20 years ago when community members discussed the urgent need for constant, local medical care, citing it as the community’s number one need. .

“After decades, our rural community is finally getting full-time dental, eye care and pharmaceutical care,” said RISE Inc. CEO Tico Zendejas. “This will transform our community by providing access and equity in a community that has needed these resources for so long.”

During the official opening of the health center in October 2021, Cathie Wicks, co-founder of RISE, Inc. noted how people were leaving the area due to the need for medical services, noting that it often took half a day for a simple, basic health appointment.

“It’s huge to have him here at Esparto,” stressed Zendejas. “There is a large community that lives beyond Esparto. For these folks, it’s an hour to 45 minutes into Woodland. For them, having the services here in their own community is a game-changer for families.

The planned two-story, 28,000 square foot building, which will be located at the corner of Yolo Avenue and County Road 21A, was made possible through a collaboration between Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Winters Healthcare, RISE , Inc. and Brown Construction.

Several years ago, with the idea of ​​the health care center in mind, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation acquired the Esparto site for $850,000 through a grant funded by Doyuti T’uhkama. They also granted an additional $15 million for the construction of the project. Brown Construction, through its Build It Forward program, donated a portion of its profits and costs to the project.

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors also allocated $2.5 million in ARP funding for the new center at a meeting in September 2021. In the Yolo County Health Assessment Report, under locations geographic disparities, Esparto and Madison had several, supervisor Angel Barajas previously explained. . In the report, the Community Health Index rated both cities as high.

“I saw an opportunity where my board colleagues and I could work on these disparities through the US bailout funding we received at the county level,” Barajas said at the opening ceremony. ‘inauguration.

The health and community center will include dental, ophthalmological and pharmaceutical services and is expected to house conference rooms, public computers, rental offices and other organizations with the aim of expanding community services.

According to Zendejas, the center is under construction, with the foundations laid in March and the roof already two stories high. He expected the building to go up in just a few months.

“It’s going at an incredible pace,” noted Zendejas.

Winters Healthcare, a non-profit organization that currently provides services from a facility in Winters, will be the primary healthcare provider. In addition to dental, ophthalmic and pharmaceutical services, the medical team will provide a full range of primary care options, including perinatal, adolescent and geriatric health and preventive health care. Mental health care providers will also be available and will work alongside primary care teams.

The Capay Valley Health and Community Center is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023.

“All of these services are for the community,” Zendejas said. “It’s amazing what we can do with the installation that’s coming up. We continue to strive to be a model rural community across the country.

Michelle J. Kelley