Serving San Diego and the U.S. Border since 1961
PCI has strong roots in San Diego. Our organization was founded here in 1961 by a young local doctor after he saved the lives of two children that were dying of pneumonia in Tijuana. This experience inspired Dr. James Turpin to start PCI, and it set us on the course to empower millions of people worldwide with health, food, and opportunity. We’ve taken our work across the globe, but we’re still committed to serving the U.S./Border region with programs and ways to get involved with PCI.
U.S. Border Programs
Pregnancy and early childhood support with California Border Healthy Start (CBHS+)
Healthy Start offers free and confidential parenting education and support for families in Central and East San Diego. Health educators (“patient navigators”) who are highly trained in perinatal support and case management provide home-based visits for families from the time they are pregnant until their child is 2 years old.
Community Action Network
The CAN is an alliance of community members and 20+ agencies working to ensure healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and nurturing parenting for all families in San Diego County. Our vision is to make San Diego a place where every baby has the best chance at a healthy start and every parent has the support they need to give their children that chance.
Improving Latino health with Project ALCANCE
Latina women in low-income areas of San Diego County get sicker and die more frequently of chronic disease than the general population. In fact, death rates from these diseases are 1.5 times higher for Latinos in Project ALCANCE target neighborhoods than in the overall population. ALCANCE is working to improve the lives of Latinos in City Heights, Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights and National City while reducing their risk factors for diabetes, stroke, heart attacks, and cancer.
Empowering women in San Diego’s low-income areas with WE
San Diego is home to a variety of ethnic and cultural groups, many of which are living in poverty. We’re working to enhance the low-income areas of San Diego by providing economic empowerment opportunities to women who are excluded from participating actively in their communities. PCI’s Women Empowered Initiative (WE) creates savings groups and provides training in small business management, literacy, entrepreneurship, financial budgeting, and leadership skills.
Human Trafficking Prevention
PCI is addressing the problem of human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking, in the San Diego/Tijuana border region with an emphasis on prevention, community awareness, and partnerships. Learn more here about PCI’s Girls Only! trafficking prevention program and our involvement in coordinating the CEASE San Diego Network.
Inspiring involved fathers with Que Padre!
Que Padre! (What a Dad!) is PCI’s fatherhood program to encourage male involvement. PCI has developed male support groups to assist men to better support their wives and families in responding to health issues, to improve male parenting roles, and to give them the knowledge to manage their own health and seek services when necessary.
Mobile health education
PCI’s mobile health education van can be seen throughout San Diego at a variety of community events. We provide hands-on education about key health issues, and connect community members to our programs, partner agencies, and other local resources.
Get Involved with PCI
Our Annual Gala – Hands Across Borders
Hands Across Borders is an opportunity to meet the people behind PCI and to celebrate the local heroes whose generous contributions make our work possible. Join us for a night of supporting our mission to enhance health, end hunger, and overcome hardship across the globe.
Walk for Water
Our annual Walk for Water simulates the journey that millions of women and children around the world make every day to provide water for their families. If you choose, you can even carry buckets of water along the 5K route. Learn more about this powerful fundraiser here.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Global Citizens
PCI is cultivating young global citizens through a semester-long educational program focused on global leadership skills through a multi-faceted curriculum and an opportunity for service learning. Open to high school students across San Diego County, this innovative program provides teens with the opportunity to develop concrete leadership skills and apply them in their academic career, life goals and/or the planning and execution of PCI’s annual Walk for Water fundraiser. Each student will also have the opportunity to participate in up to 45 hours of community service, making them eligible for a Presidential Service Award.
Local Partners and Alliances
At $810 million a year, sex trafficking is one of San Diego’s largest underground economies—second only to drug trafficking. We’ve forged partnerships with Cubic Corp. and the University of California San Diego to engage local corporations and employers in the fight against human trafficking and sex buying. The Business Alliance Against Human Trafficking raises industry awareness about this modern-day form of slavery and works to address factors that contribute to the demand.
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