Savie Health, a nonprofit clinic offering free physical and behavioral health care to low-income people without health insurance, will be receiving grant funding from Santa Barbara County to support the health and well-being of migrant farmworkers in the north county.
Santa Barbara County is home to an estimated 18,000 migrant farmworkers, many concentrated in the north. These individuals are essential to the county’s economy, yet they frequently go without health care and many do not have insurance.
Savie Health will partner with Proyecto Campesino, a new farmworker resource center and mobile van operated by the county’s Department of Social Services, to do outreach at farm sites about the free health care available through Savie Health’s clinic.
“We are grateful to the county of Santa Barbara for recognizing this unmet need amongst the migrant farmworker population,” said Eryn Shugart, Savie Health’s executive director. “We are honored to be able to save the lives of many of these individuals who would otherwise go without health care.”
Services offered by Savie Health include preventive care, some urgent care, free lab and imaging tests, Medi-Cal enrollment for those who are eligible, and behavioral health care.
All services are offered in English and Spanish. Behavioral health appointments are available via telehealth, which involves the clinic sending a link to a patient’s phone so they can access the service.
Since its inception in June 2022, Savie Health has provided some 1,300 visits to uninsured community members. Founded by Dr. Ahmad Nooristani, chief hospitalist at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Savie is the only free clinic in Lompoc and the surrounding area and has earned a 2023 Gold Rating from the NAFC Quality Standards Program.
Savie Health is at 1111 E. Ocean Ave. Ste. 2. Clinic hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. To make an appointment, call 805-743-4776.
To learn more about Savie Health’s services or to volunteer or donate, visit saviehealth.org.