Celebrating 48 Years
of Serving the Underserved

Congratulations Flora R. Martinez Nursing Scholarship Winners!

Flora R. Martinez came to the United States from Mexico in 1941. Seeking a better life for herself and her children, she worked for many years as a field worker and spoke limited English. It was during this time that she saw the importance of child care, housing and healthcare. She began helping women from migrant camps with interpretation and addressing their basic health care needs. Flora decided to focus on her education and learning English so she could be of more assistance to her community. In 1962, she became a U.S. Citizen.

A founder of Golden Valley Health Centers, Flora served on its Board of Directors for 43 years from 1971 until her passing in 2014. Through this leadership position, Flora admired the work of nurses and recognized the critical role they play in the delivery of quality healthcare services.

We are proud to honor Flora’s legacy through this annual scholarship in hopes that those from the San Joaquin Valley will join the nursing workforce to carry on her core ideals: effectively promote access to healthcare for all people, advocate for Community Health Centers, and carry on meeting the direct healthcare needs of the under-served in our community.

Timothy Ha

Timothy is pursuing a career in nursing to combine the two things he enjoys most, medicine and caring for others. His ultimate goal is to become a clinical instructor in the critical care rotations. He wants to help promote public health and equity in healthcare and has been volunteering as a Trauma Response Advocate for Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus, where they strive for social change though the emphasis of diversity, equality and inclusion.

Timothy’s mission and vision align perfectly with GVHC’s and his spirit of service will make him an excellent nurse and an asset to our community.

He is currently enrolled at CSU Stanislaus and will complete his Bachelor degree of Science in Nursing in the Fall of 2021.

One of Timothy’s professors wrote “he is truly an exceptional student whose academic talents, strengths and personal characteristics are an asset to our University.”

Na’Kietta Mack

Even though Na’Kietta grew up without encouragement to pursue a higher level of education, she became motivated to help people become more educated on general healthcare and strive for her community to be proactive with their overall well-being.

While working in a residential care home for developmentally disabled clients, her own interest in nursing was truly sparked. She realized how much she wanted to help others and had a passion for the medical field.

She hopes that her diligence and hard work will help her pursue a career in nursing. One of her nursing supervisors wrote: Na’Kietta is a caring a compassionate person whose co-workers admire her for her teamwork and always being the first one willing to help out.”

She is currently working toward her degree in Nursing at Merced College.

Aman Ohlan

Aman is currently pursuing his Nursing degree at Modesto Junior College and hopes to become a nurse practitioner for the less fortunate in our community.

At the early age of 15, Aman realized he wanted to live for others while watching his aunt care for patients at a nursing clinic. She showed him the importance of advocating for her patients and building a relationship of trust.

Aman has witnessed firsthand the challenges of living alone, while trying to further his education. However, taking on a tutor job in anatomy, physiology and microbiology continued to keep him connected to nursing with human science in mind.

He believes that community health centers are vital resources for both care and health education for populations whose understanding of healthcare is often very limited. He would love to one day, organize health camps in areas for those less fortunate nationally and globally.

Jaylen Reyna

Jaylen is currently pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Nursing and hopes to eventually become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She grew up seeing her grandfather in and out of the hospitals due to multiple strokes. During those visits with him, she would see the amazing care nurses would give and that’s what sparked her interest to pursue a degree in nursing.

Jaylen instantly fell in love with the work and the nursing field. With a strong passion for helping others and building relationships with her patients, after only five months, she was awarded with Best Overall Performance in her CNA class and was awarded with Employee of the Month. Those awards show how passionate she is about the nursing field and this is only the beginning of her career.

One of Jaylen’s goals during her nursing career is to travel and work in an underdeveloped country. She believes advocating for Community Health Centers is so important, and that healthcare should be available to everyone no matter what the circumstances are. She hopes to be able to make a difference in our communities and no one should have a fear of seeking healthcare.

Ashley Verver

Ashley fell into nursing by chance. As a single mother, she decided to take a nurse assistant course as a plan to find a job quickly, but she happened to quickly fall in love with the field. From day one, she had never experienced anything like it and wanted to do more. She was eager to be an asset to her community and provide the best possible care for her patients. The honor of being there for a complete stranger in some of the most vulnerable times of their lives has sparked her desire to continue her degree and ultimate goal to work as a nurse in an intensive care or trauma unit in our community.

A quote from one of Ashley’s letters of recommendations: “Ms. Verver has worked within care homes in Stanislaus County throughout her time as a student. She has taken extra shifts as a sign of her commitment to both the facility and her patients. Knowing her as I do, I am certain that she has made a positive impact on each and every man and woman patient she has come in contact with. Raising a family and going to school full-time is not only time consuming, but more so, it is an immense financial challenge. This journey is hers and she relishes in the sacrifices required. In a day when so many around her are looking for the easiest way to meet their goals, Ashley has chosen the path more difficult.”

Make A Donation Today

Your gift, no matter the amount, enables us to provide primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services in Merced and Stanislaus Counties to families who are uninsured, underinsured or with limited means.

Golden Valley Health Centers Foundation is a nonprofit organization [501(c)3]. We rely on the financial contribution of individuals, foundations, businesses, and faith-based organizations to support our work.

Please join us in making a difference today!

Our Fundraising Purpose

While raising funds, we will also raise awareness of Golden Valley Health Centers, and celebrate the amazing work the doctors, nurses and administration staff provide to the community on a daily basis.

Golden Valley Health Center’s Foundation reaches out to the community to secure resources in support of our mission to provide quality primary health care services to those who need us most, regardless of the financial ability. As a not-for-profit foundation, we now turn to you our community, to ask you to join us as partners of caring for those who need us most. Help us to meet critical needs, increase patient engagement, implement new delivery models, improve chronic disease management, and provide true community benefit to those who need us most.

Golden Valley Health Centers has served the health care needs of our growing communities, creating partnerships to diagnose and treat disease, as well as enhance health and overall well-being of the underserved.

Philanthropy is driven by the power of collective action to create a lasting change in health care. Golden Valley Health Centers respond to critical medical needs in our communities and invites you to join us in doing so. Donations, charitable contributions and gifts help improve health services and enhance the quality of life of people in your family, your neighborhood and your community.

Be a part of this special night, where your collective generosity will help the people in our communities!

Golden Valley Health Center’s Foundation reaches out to the community to secure resources in support of our mission to provide quality primary health care services to those who need us most, regardless of the financial ability. As a not-for-profit foundation, we now turn to you our community, to ask you to join us as partners of caring for those who need us most. Help us to meet critical needs, increase patient engagement, implement new delivery models, improve chronic disease management, and provide true community benefit to those who need us most.

Golden Valley Health Centers has served the health care needs of our growing communities, creating partnerships to diagnose and treat disease, as well as enhance health and overall wellbeing of the underserved.

Philanthropy is driven by the power of collective action to create a lasting change in health care. Golden Valley Health Centers respond to critical medical needs in our communities and invites you to join us in doing so. Donations, charitable contributions and gifts help improve health services and enhance the quality of life of people in your family, your neighborhood and your community.

This is what making a difference looks like
While visiting with a school counselor, a parent shared the following story:

“I have six children and I really love Golden Valley’s Dental health center. A few days ago the dentist saw all of my children, and three of them had no cavities but three of them needed fillings. One of my sons was referred to another organization for follow up care because his needs are considered oral surgery and the health center here isn’t able to provide the service. During the visit I also saw the dentist and he fixed my tooth, I was scared they were going to have to pull it, but the dentist worked hard to keep it for me. A few years ago I lost a tooth and I was really scared I was going to have two spaces in my mouth, but lucky for me he saved the tooth! I can’t believe how lucky my family is to be patients at Golden Valley where we are able to get dental care we can afford. This makes it so much better for my family, we already have enough struggles with the issues that we have. My husband recently came back from being deployed in the military with severe PTSD, and my children and I have struggled on and off with medical and mental health issues. I am not sure what our family would do without Golden Valley, we can never thank the doctors, dentist and nurses enough for all they have given our family.”

We shared this with Cesar Clarin, DDS, who summed up the feelings of our providers best, “I feel touched with such comments. As I drive around the neighborhood, I see tremendous work ahead of us. People want to get back on their feet and for them it may start with a great smile and be able to eat again with no pain. I love where I work and I love what I do because it makes a real impact in people’s lives.”