›› Imperial Beach Community Clinic is the parent organization Nestor Community Health Center and Imperial Beach Health Center.

Imperial Beach Community Clinic is a private, non-profit healthcare organization that operates two clinics: Imperial Beach Health Center at 949 Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach, California, and Nestor Community Health Center at 1016 Outer Road in San Diego. For more than 39 years, Imperial Beach Community Clinic has provided primary healthcare to people of all ages in Imperial Beach and surrounding communities of southwest San Diego County.

Vision statement

All residents in San Diego's South Bay will have access to high quality primary care and health education.

Mission statement

Imperial Beach Community Clinic will promote a healthy community with a focus on the underserved.


Imperial Beach Health Center and Nestor Community Health Center are Federally Qualified Community Health Centers.

Federally Qualified Health Centers are community-based and patient-driven organizations that serve individuals and populations with limited access to health care. All people are welcome to come to a community health center for care, but community health centers take special care to provide services to low-income populations, the uninsured, those with limited English proficiency, migrant and seasonal farm workers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those living in public housing.


Health Center Program Fundamentals

-Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration
US Department of Health and Human Services

Imperial Beach Health Center Timeline

1971: Imperial Beach Free People’s Clinic organized

1972: Obtains 501 c (3) tax exempt status as a Community Clinic

1975: Obtains license from the State of California to operate as a licensed, non-profit Community Clinic, emphasis on family planning and pediatric well-child services, first grant received

1980s: Expands and professionalizes clinic services; medical director and professional staff hired, formal relationships developed with hospitals

1990’s: Expands to site at 600 Palm Avenue, employs medical-board certified internal medicine, family practice and pediatric physicians and mid level practitioners

2002: Moves to newly constructed clinic building at 949 Palm Avenue

2006: Earns Federally Qualified Health Center status, expands administrative infrastructure and provider and patient bases

2011: Nestor Community Health Center opens at 1016 Outer Road in San Diego