Looking to the Next 100 Years

By Alondra Torres

The San José Clinic opened its facility at 2615 Fannin in 2010. The state-of-the-art facility accommodated 27,940 patient visits in 2019 and in 2020, during the pandemic, provided 18,662 visits, including drive-through services. Photo courtesy of Wes Jackson, Ph.D.

In a U.S. healthcare system trying to service hundreds of millions of people, many find themselves living without access to proper healthcare. Yet, people in need of medical attention cannot afford to fall between the cracks – something must be done. The San José Clinic, Houston’s original safety net clinic, opened its doors in 1922 with a mission of helping the underserved. Since then, the clinic has dedicated itself to addressing key issues for marginalized communities, such as the growing rate of uninsured Texas residents, always molding to the present needs of its patients. During the past 100 years, the clinic has survived economic downturns, natural disasters, and rapid population growth as it adapted to the ever-changing landscape of a developing metropolis. In its long history of community service, the San José Clinic has earned a reputation as home to many who seek its services.

As the clinic prepared to celebrate its centennial, students in the Center for Public History at the University of Houston conducted interviews with members of the San José community. In these conversations, former patients, board members, volunteers, staff, funders, and administrators reflected on the clinic’s accomplishments, the people it serves, and their hopes for the future. 

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During Hurricane Harvey the San Jose Clinic reached out to counties across the region to help those in need who could not make it to the clinic. One goal for many participants is to expand that outreach even further on a daily basis.

Visit the San Jose Clinic website to learn ways you can help support their mission.

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