17 LA Health Centers Receive New Access Point Funds
LOS ANGELES – August 11, 2015 – Today the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $169 million in grants to support 266 new health center sites across the United States. The funds will assist these health centers in serving an additional 1.2 million patients nationwide. In California, 48 health centers received $29.5 million in awards, with 17 LA-based organizations receiving more than $8.6 million. Earlier this year, HRSA awarded $7.1 million in funding to 12 LA clinics and health centers.
“This announcement comes as we mark 50th anniversary of the community health center movement. These awards honor our legacy and will help shape the future of services to communities in the most need,” Community Clinic Association of LA County (CCALAC) President and CEO Louise McCarthy said in response to the news. “Now it’s time to put those dollars to work by not just providing access to comprehensive care, but by advancing the evolution of care. Not just for healthier communities in LA County, but across the country.”
LA Organizations that were awarded new access point grants include:
• AAA Comprehensive Healthcare, Inc.
• AltaMed Health Services Corporation
• APLA Health and Wellness
• Behavioral Health Services Inc.
• Benevolence Industries Incorporated
• Bienvenidos Community Health Center
• Center for Family Health and Education, Inc.
• Central City Community Health Center
• Central Neighborhood Health Foundation
• Community Medical Wellness Centers USA
• Complete Care Community Health Center
• East Valley Community Health Center
• Latino Kids Health
• Roads Foundation, Inc.
• San Fernando Community Health Center
• South Central Family Health Center
• T.H.E. Health and Wellness Centers
In LA County, community clinics and health centers serve more than 1.4 million people each year. These health centers serve nearly 15 percent of the entire county population, and nearly half of the population living below the poverty level ($2,020 a month for a family of four). These clinics are working toward a coordinated and cohesive system of care which supports the health of all communities. Clinics and health centers provide medical, dental care service, behavioral health services, and enabling services such as legal aid and translation supports.
“Health centers now provide primary care to one in fourteen people living in the United States,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards mean that more communities than ever can count on a health center to help meet the increasing demand for primary care.”
THE COMMUNITY CLINIC ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of nonprofit community and free clinics in California. Founded in 1994, CCALAC has 56 members that operate nearly clinic sites throughout the County. These clinics serve nearly one million patients per year, the majority of whom are uninsured or underinsured. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.
Alex Medina, Communications Specialist, (213) 201-6529
Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
700 S. Flower Street, Suite 3150, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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