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Programs aim to boost homegrown doctor ranks in valley
The Desert Sun

Maria Clemente, 31, clutched her 3-month-old baby, soothing his cries with a bottle of milk, while the two waited in an hours-long line to see a medic at a crowded free clinic at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio.

A farmworker who picks in the fields around Mecca, Clemente can’t afford to take time off to wait in an air-conditioned office for a doctor. If she must go, she visits clinics that help low-income patients in Oasis and Indio.