Clinica Sierra Vista, a large chain of health care clinics for low-income residents, was named Nonprofit of the Year for the 32nd Assembly District by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield.

“Nonprofits like Clinica Sierra Vista fill a vital healthcare need in our community,” Salas said in a news release. “For a generation, Clinica Sierra Vista has demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality rural health care and providing hundreds of health-related jobs throughout the region.”

Clinica started out in 1970 as a small, rural health program and has since grown to be one of the largest, comprehensive migrant health center systems in the state, offering medical, dental and behavioral health care in Kern, Fresno and Inyo counties, the release said.