The Mexican government launched the “ventanilla de salud” program in 2002 in the Los Angeles and San Diego consulates… Each consulate partners with one or more universities, clinics, insurance companies, hospitals or organizations.
The Mexican consulate in San Bernardino today will officially open a “health window” aimed at providing preventative health care for Inland Mexican immigrants and linking them with free and low-cost services.
Doctoral students in the Loma Linda University School of Public Health have staffed the counter inside the consulate since Sept. 29. Senior officials from the Mexican health and foreign-relations ministries, along with San Bernardino Consul Carolina Zaragoza, will formally inaugurate the program this morning.
In addition to answering questions one-on-one, Loma Linda students and faculty also give presentations each day on subjects such as obesity, diabetes, nutrition and cholesterol, said Richard Blanco, who administers the program for Loma Linda. Representatives from the Riverside and San Bernardino County public health departments, and from Inland nonprofits, also give presentations, he said.