Representative Levin Announces Former Vista Community Clinic Leader as Constituent of the Month for June

June 14, 2019
Press Release
Announcement Comes as House Democrats Push Senate to Act on House-Passed Legislation to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions and Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Vista, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) announced that Vista resident Barbara Mannino, former head of the Vista Community Clinic, is his Constituent of the Month for June. As the clinic’s dedicated leader, Mannino worked to provide community members – particularly low-income and uninsured families - with the medical services they needed. For more than 30 years, Mannino led the growth of the Vista Community Clinic from a one room facility in an animal shelter, to an eight-site health center system providing care to 57,000 North County patients each year.

Earlier this year, Representative Levin launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize outstanding North County San Diego and South Orange County residents who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and make the country stronger. Levin’s Constituents of the Month for April were two South Orange County brothers, David and Eric Groos. Levin’s Constituent of the Month for May was Evan Marks, of San Juan Capistrano.

Congressman Levin submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record:

Madam Speaker, I am honored to recognize Mrs. Barbara Mannino, the longtime leader of the Vista Community Clinic, as my Constituent of the Month for June. After more than 30 years serving North County patients at the Vista Community Clinic and working tirelessly to ensure community members received the care they needed, Barbara retired, and I am deeply grateful for all of her service.

Under Barbara’s leadership, the Vista Community Clinic expanded from one location in an animal shelter to a health center network with eight locations providing care to 57,000 patients each year, primarily North County community members who are low-income and uninsured.

Throughout the country, families are struggling to access affordable health care, pay for their prescription drugs, and make ends meet, in part because of this Administration’s efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. While I have fought for legislation to lower prescription drug prices, protect people with pre-existing conditions, and expand access to affordable care, it’s the work of people like Barbara that has helped so many of our neighbors receive the care they desperately need.

I launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize outstanding individuals in the 49th District who have gone above and beyond to give back to our community, support our neighbors, and make our country stronger. After more than 30 years providing critical health care services to local families most in-need, we owe Barbara a debt of gratitude, and I am proud to call her the Constituent of the Month.