The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) and our members share a common vision of a just and equitable Los Angeles, where all communities have the opportunity to flourish, free from health disparities and the factors that create them. Community health centers are critical safety net organizations that deliver care to under-resourced communities.
CCALAC empowers health centers to remain at the forefront of health care transformation. We forge partnerships, foster innovation, promote health equity, and advocate for the communities they serve.
For more on CCALAC’s vision, mission, and core values, click here (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 under-resourced communities. 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 health centers in California and among the largest health center associations in the U.S.
Advancing health equity remains at the forefront of our work. In 2020, CCALAC committed to becoming an anti-racist organization to better serve our members and their patients.
Health centers in Los Angeles County operate over 380 full time sites throughout Los Angeles County, serving as the medical home for 1.89 million patients per year, 75% of whom have low incomes, and nearly 76,000 of whom are experiencing homelessness. Health centers care for the whole person: in addition to primary medical care, health center services include dental, behavioral health, vision, reproductive health, street medicine, health education, cancer screenings, STI prevention and treatment and more. They serve all, regardless of ability to pay.
CCALAC is a conduit and an integrator of services and supports to help Los Angeles health centers address the needs of their communities. We identify the collective needs of health centers and work to address them through advocacy, education, peer support and other services. CCALAC connects health centers, shares and leverages resources, increases organizational capacity, and raises a unified voice at the local, state, and federal levels on behalf of Los Angeles health centers.
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