MayView’s Mission & History

MayView’s Mission

To provide high quality primary health care to low-income people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, regardless of ability to pay.

We emphasize early access to care and prevention, and we encourage patient self-responsibility by helping patients participate in decisions about their health, and by addressing relevant psychosocial and economic issues.

Kindness is more than a virtue. It is a source of strength. If we teach our children to be kind and remind each other of the same, we can live from a place of strength, not fear. I have seen this strength manifest every day in the words and actions of people all across our great nation. It is what gives me hope that we can heal during challenging times.

We will only be successful in addressing addiction – and other illnesses – when we recognize the humanity within each of us. People are more than their disease. All of us are more than our worst mistakes. We must ensure our nation always reflects a fundamental value: every life matters.

Healing happens when we are able to truly talk to and connect with each other. That means listening and understanding. It means assuming good, not the worst. It means pausing before we judge. Building a more connected America will require us to find new ways to talk to each other.

The world is locked in a struggle between love and fear. Choose love. Always. It is the world’s oldest medicine. It is what we need to build a nation that is safe and strong for us and our children.”

Vivek Murthy, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General, 2017 April

MayView History

mission-history-woman-childMayView’s three clinics were founded in response to community needs and actions taken by community health advocates. In July 1972, our clinic in Palo Alto opened to address the need in the community for reproductive health services for young women. The practice quickly grew to include prenatal care and pediatrics. Our Mountain View clinic also opened in 1972, in response to the need in that community for relevant medical care for Spanish speaking families. Our Sunnyvale clinic was designed as part of a one-stop service center adjacent to Columbia Middle School, the Columbia Neighborhood Center, which also houses recreational, social, and healthcare services.

Since 1972, MayView Community Health Center has been an essential part of the healthcare safety net and a medical home for the uninsured in our community. With more than 20,000 visits per year for over 6,000 patients, MayView serves low-income families and individuals who live and work in the northern part of Santa Clara County. Our three clinics offer a comprehensive system of care that is responsive to the community’s identified health care needs.

Our MayView clinics are easy to reach from neighborhoods with high concentrations of Latino/Hispanic, Asian, and Eastern European immigrants. Our clinics are located close to critical medical and social services that our patients frequently need.

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