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PCI implements a diverse portfolio of programming in the U.S./Mexico border region that focuses on reaching vulnerable, minority and other “hard-to-reach” populations with critically needed preventive health services and education.


PCI was founded in the U.S./Mexico border region in 1961. To this day, our focus has remained unchanged: we are forever changing the lives of millions of children and families around the world by providing health, opportunity, and support to those most in need.

At a local level, PCI’s van can be seen throughout San Diego at health and related community events. We provide hands-on education about key health issues, and connect community members to our programs, partner agencies, and other local resources. Invite the Mobile Health Education unit to your event or program!

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Success Stories

Overcoming Domestic Violence

Marce lived in a shelter after being physically abused throughout her pregnancy by the father of her baby. In 2013, she decided to leave her spouse and move to San Diego to live with her siblings. After visiting her local community clinic for prenatal visits, she was referred to the California Border Healthy Start PLUS Program (CBHS+). Home visits by the Patient Navigator (PN) began with many challenges.

Through the CBHS+ Program, she was able to receive a referral to ESL classes, a pre-paid phone, emergency taxi-cards, and bus passes for her medical appointments, school, and domestic violence support groups. Additionally, she was provided with diapers and clothing for her baby. Today, she continues her schooling, Domestic Violence Support Groups, completed the HEAL Program and all Life Skills sessions within the CBHS+ Program, and found a job as a nanny.

She is also taking classes with the CDC REACH/ALCANCE Program to transition to San Diego City College to obtain her Community Health Worker certificate. Additionally, she is attending night classes at San Diego City College Extension to receive her certificate/license as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) with an expected graduation date of January 2016.

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Learning Self-Advocacy 

Liliana was 38 years of age when she enrolled in the California Border Healthy Start PLUS program (CBHS +). She had had two traumatic deliveries before her third (when she was enrolled). Her first delivery was in Colombia 12 years ago, she experienced a long and hard labor she with no medication, and lack of medical help and support. Due to this traumatic event, she abstained from becoming pregnant again.

Eight years later, she got pregnant with her second child in San Diego. Liliana didn’t know English, resources available to her, or her patient rights. Unknowingly, she signed consent papers at the hospital requesting or mandating her OB doctor to be the one to deliver. By having this, she was made to wait longer than needed for delivery and it created another traumatic delivery experience. While in delivery for her second child, she had the anesthesia misplaced and felt unsupported by the hospital staff.

By the time she was pregnant with her third child, Liliana was told that she had to be induced for a non-medical reason. She received information about the CBHS+ Program and enrolled as a program participant. Through the Program, she learned about her patient rights, from choosing her doctor and where to deliver to creating a birth plan.

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Maria was 37 years of age and was on her 33rd week of pregnancy when she enrolled in the California Border Healthy Start PLUS Program (CBHS+). She and her 6 older children suffered from domestic violence with her previous husband. Maria experienced a lack of attachment and enthusiasm about her unborn child during her pregnancy. When she enrolled in the CBHS+ Program, she received a screening for depression and scored very high for depression. Maria’s living situation was unstable and added to her stress.

After being enrolled in the CBHS+ Program, she was able to establish a good relationship with her Patient Navigator (PN). The Program helped her get medical insurance, she was referred to a clinic for prenatal care services, and her PN accompanied her to an ultrasound where she got to see how her baby was doing. Maria grew more excited and at every prenatal visit was given more information about her baby. She was also given information of how to reapply for Section 8 for housing support since she had it before and then lost it. She kept in close communication with her PN.

Once, Maria was in labor she had no complications, regular vaginal birth, and at 40 weeks (full term) gestation. When her PN went to visit her at the hospital, she had the opportunity to talk to her husband. The PN invited her husband to the fatherhood classes that CBHS+ offers and talked to him about how to better his relationship with his wife and stepchildren. Today, Maria is breastfeeding her baby and is feeling happier and better about her family and her situation. There is still a lot more to be done for this family, the PN continues to serve the family and provide additional support with workshops and sessions offered through the program.


Providing Pediatric Care

Access to prenatal care is a challenge for poor, uninsured women who don’t speak English. And once their babies are born, pediatric care can also be hard to get.

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