The Mission Neighborhood Health Center (MNHC) is a comprehensive community-based health center, a cornerstone in the Mission community in San Francisco , and a federally qualified health center. MNHC is a well-known San Francisco leader for providing culturally and linguistically competent health and human services for Latinos in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. MNHC serves over 13,000 patients and provides more than 66,000 health care service visits annually.
Pilar Bernal de Pheils, RN, MS, FNP, CNM, is a Clinical Professor and teaches in the UCSF family nurse practitioner and nurse-midwifery graduate programs. She is a native of Colombia, South America. Pilar has been affiliated with the Mission Neighborhood Health Center since 1987, first as a family nurse practitioner student (1987-88) and then as a provider (1990-1992).
For the past 16 years she has worked 4 hours a week as a faculty provider in the MNHC Women’s Clinic, precepting 3 to 6 FNP students each year. She cares for mostly monolingual Latino women, from adolescence to senescence, providing gynecology care, family planning, and selected primary care services. For the past 4 years she precepts 2 nurse-midwifery students a year, providing prenatal care.