for our Community

El Rio is an integrated health care system that recognizes and responds to the whole person from physical to social to psychological needs. Our health care team addresses the primary health care needs of our patients. El Rio works with other health and human service organizations to provide a continuum of care for those we serve.

Programs That Help Patients

El Rio continues to develop programs that makes healthcare more convenient for our patients, including:  education, transportation, links between available community services, nutritious food for women who are pregnant or nursing, homeless services, and healthcare partnerships with the US-Mexican Border.  We place our volunteers where they are needed most.  Let us know how we can help you.

Community Health Advisors

Community Health Advisors are the link between community resources and our patients’ medical, social and psychological needs. Community Health Advisors work to ensure continuity of care throughout the El Rio system and across various community agencies.  They are available at most El Rio locations to help patients navigate through El Rio and the health care system and to connect with community resources.  They also provide pharmacy and language assistance as well as health education training.

Ventanilla de Salud

The Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) program is a unique partnership between the US-Mexican Border Health Commission, Mexican Consulate and local Community Health Centers. VDS is staffed by Community Health Workers who provide critical health prevention, education at community outreach events and referral information to people receiving services at Mexican Consulates in cities throughout America. For more information call (520) 882-5595, ext. 122

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

The WIC Program provides nutritious food for qualified women who are pregnant, nursing or who have just delivered, as well as infants and children under the age of five. The goal of the WIC Program is to prevent health problems and/or improve the health of its participants during critical times of growth and development. The Program is committed to helping participants improve their health through better nutrition and nutrition education. El Rio provides monthly WIC benefits to 2500 participants. To learn more about El Rio’s WIC Program, please call (520) 670-3824.


We assist in transporting qualified patients from their homes to their medical appointments here at El Rio or to certain medical specialists. Patients needing rides must request this assistance 24 to 48 hours prior to their appointments. In some cases, patients can also have their prescriptions delivered to their homes. Patient Transportation is available from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. For a reservation or further information, please call (520) 670-3909. Read More

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