MISSION & VISION
The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) and our members share a common mission of supporting and expanding access to quality comprehensive health care for every individual.
Specifically, CCALAC’s mission is, “to promote community clinics and health centers as providers and advocates for expanding access to quality comprehensive health care for medically underserved people in Los Angeles County.”
The CCALAC vision is “to advance the health and wellness of communities throughout Los Angeles County, creating a comprehensive health care system for underserved populations to help reduce health disparities in the county.”
For more on CCALAC’s vision and mission, please see CCALAC’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan (PDF).
To see highlights of CCALAC’s achievements in the past year, check out our document From Vision to Action (PDF).
HISTORY OF CCALAC
After the civil unrest in Los Angeles County in the 1990s, the LA-based National Health Foundation was seeking ways to increase access to primary medical care in low-income neighborhoods. The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles (CCALAC) was founded in 1994 as part of that project. In 1996, CCALAC obtained its IRS (501)(c)(3) tax exemption status. Since then, our organization has grown to be the largest regional association of community and free clinics in California.
CCALAC represents non-profit community clinics and health centers that operate primary care sites throughout the county. Our members serve as the medical home for more than 1.7 million patients per year.Community clinics provide primary health care, including medical, dental, and mental health services to uninsured, underinsured, low-income, high-risk and vulnerable populations.They serve all, regardless of ability to pay.
CCALAC’s central role is to help our members serve their patients in an efficient and cost-effective manner while providing quality care. The association strives to identify and address the collective needs of our members at the local, state and federal levels. CCALAC delivers a variety of member services including policy advocacy, education, and peer support. We connect clinics, share and leverage resources, increase organizational capacity, and raise a unified voice on behalf of clinics.
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