Twelve LA Health Centers Receive More than $7.1 million
LOS ANGELES –- May 5, 2015 – Today the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $101 million in grants to support 164 new health center sites nationwide. The funds will assist these health centers in serving an additional 650,000 patients. In California, 23 health centers received $14.7 million in awards, with 12 LA-based organizations receiving more than $7.1 million, nearly half of California’s funding received in the state.
“This new funding couldn’t come at a more critical time, as LA’s community clinics and health centers are working to knit together the pieces of health reform into an evolved system of care for Los Angeles.” Community Clinic Association of LA County (CCALAC) President and CEO Louise McCarthy said in response to the news. “In just two years, LA’s health centers expanded access to serve 37% more patients. More and more individuals and communities are turning to health centers because they know they offer high quality care that puts the patient first.”
LA Health Centers that were awarded new access point grants include:
• El Proyecto del Barrio
• Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles
• Harbor Community Clinics
• JWCH Institute
• KHEIR Clinics
• Mission City Community Network
• Southern California Medical Center
• St. Anthony Medical Center
• St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
• Venice Family Clinic
• The Children’s Clinics, Serving Children
and Their Families
All the clinics who received new access point grants in LA County are members of CCALAC.
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.
“More people have insurance in the United States than ever before,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “Health centers provide an accessible and dependable source of culturally competent primary care for many of the newly insured.”
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 55 members that operate more than 200 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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