ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has opened a new Southeast Heights Center for Family and Community Health, located at 8200 Central SE, the International District of Albuquerque.

The new clinic takes the place of the previous Southeast Heights Clinic which was located near the same area and had been opened since the early 1990s.

The clinic serves a diverse population including Spanish and Vietnamese patients. Refugees from Iraq and Africa are also part of the patient population. All clinic staff speaks Spanish and there are several interpreters on site.

With 21 exam rooms and a procedure room, the new clinic is three times the size of the previous clinic. It also features a community meeting room for community members to use for gatherings.

Community involvement in the planning of the new clinic was important to UNM. Community members were invited to the meetings leading up to the construction of the clinic and were asked to give their input.

“The community is making positive strides in redefining the image of the area,” said Antia Sanchez, unit director for the clinic. “This clinic is here for the community and we want them to feel like the clinic is the right step toward giving the area a positive change.”

The Southeast Heights Center for Family and Community Health is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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