Anderson Valley Health Center was the inspiration of a group of Anderson Valley residents who saw the need for health care in the Valley. The center opened in a converted tavern in 1976. With community support the Health Center building became a reality a few years later. In 2008 the community rallied round again and donated generously to provide funds so the Health Center could be expanded and renovated to better serve the health care needs of the community in a more comfortable and up-to- date facility. This is the green building that received a LEED gold certificate. (www.usgbc.org). The expansion also provides a new home for the local volunteer ambulance service.
Physicians, Family Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, Dentists, medical and dental support staff and a small administrative staff provide services at the Health Center. We are dedicated to providing excellent medical and dental care, wellness promotion, behavioral health, and health education at a reasonable cost for everyone who comes to the Health Center.
Anderson Valley Health Center, designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center, is the only provider of health care, public or private, available to the people who live in the Valley, as well as hundreds of visitors each year. Seventy-five percent of the people living in the Valley seek regular health care services at AVHC.
The community’s high regard for the Health Center is evidenced by the number of agencies and groups who partner with AVHC: Sueno Latino (agricultural worker organization dedicated to finding health and housing solutions in the Valley); AV Adult Education (providing health education); AV Even Start Program (ensuring physicals and dental screening to children ages 0-5 in the community); AV Unified School District (to provide an on-site nurse and annual scoliosis, dental, vision and hearing screening to school age children); and the Elder Home Project (acting as a fiscal sponsor) are some of the groups with formal agreements. Staff of the Health Center participates in the AV Volunteer Ambulance Board of Directors and Hospice volunteers. AVHC provides learning experiences for local high school students through the AV Education Foundation summer intern program and University of California San Francisco, Family Nurse Practitioner students.