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STATEMENT: CCALAC Urges Congress to Act Now to Stabilize our Health Care System

Posted: October 13, 2017

Members of Congress Must Pass Legislation to Protect Our Health Care

LOS ANGELES – October 13, 2017 – Today, Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement urging members of Congress to pass legislation that would protect our health care, in response to the announcement that the Trump Administration will end cost-sharing reduction subsidies – a blow to insurers selling in the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act and impacting many low-income patients.

“Our future already hangs in the balance, with funding for key safety net programs stalled in Congress,” McCarthy said. Continue reading

Los Angeles Community Health Centers Urge Congress To Secure Health Center Funding

Posted: September 20, 2017

Health Centers Face a 70 Percent Decrease in Funding by September 30th

September 19, 2017 – Los Angeles – Right now, health centers throughout Los Angeles County are threatened with losing 70 percent of their federal funding, which will impact how people access care. The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) and its members are urging Congress to take action to secure this funding for community health centers.

“Congress must act now to protect the key programs that make health centers and the services they provide possible,” said Louise McCarthy, president and CEO, Community Clinic Association of LA County, “Over the past five years health centers have expanded access and transformed care for their communities. They’ve created jobs and made major investments into their local economies. This funding ensures the ongoing viability of our program and the progress we’ve made.” Continue reading

STATEMENT: CCALAC Says DACA Program Integral to American Ideals

Posted: September 8, 2017

Members of Congress Must Pass Legislation to Protect These Youth

LOS ANGELES – September 6, 2017 –  Today Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement urging members of Congress to pass legislation that would make the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program permanent.

“We cannot take away the American dream for so many hard working youth, especially those whose passion is serving and strengthening their communities,” McCarthy said. Continue reading

STATEMENT: CCALAC Urges Congress to Prevent Primary Care Funding Cliff

Posted: September 6, 2017

Community Clinics and Health Centers Seek Extended Funding to Provide Care

LOS ANGELES – September 2017– Today Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement urging members of Congress to extend funding for critical health care programs for five more years, at minimum.

“Non-profit community health centers are a trusted source of high-quality, comprehensive care for the nation’s most underserved communities,” McCarthy said. “Without action by Congress to secure funding for the health center program alone, health centers will see a 70 percent decrease in the funding that we receive. Loss of funding means loss of access to care. Continue reading

STATEMENT: CCALAC Calls Senate Decision to Not Repeal ACA ‘A Chance to Strengthen Health Care’

Posted: July 28, 2017

This is An Opportunity to Work in Bipartisan Manner to Improve Access

LOS ANGELES – July 28, 2017– Today Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement after the Senate voted against passage of its plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Whether it was called the American Health Care Act, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or the Health Care Freedom Act these bills were bad policy. The debates on Main Street and in the halls of Congress have proven that we need to improve our health care system, not destroy it like these bills would have done. We now have a chance to strengthen health care in America,” McCarthy said. “During the past few months, we have heard the voices of people and families who have received care for the first time. We have seen how far we have come since the ACA was signed. Families finally have a sense of security. People are getting jobs in health care. Our economy is growing.
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STATEMENT: CCALAC Calls Senate Bill to Repeal ACA “A Step Back for All Americans”

Posted: June 22, 2017

The Fight to Save America’s Health Doesn’t End Today

LOS ANGELES – June 22, 2017– Today Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) released the following statement after the United States Senate presented its plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“This bill puts at risk current laws that allow millions of Angelenos and other Americans to have consistent access to health care; some for the first time in their lives. To rip that away from them is cruel and a major step back for all Americans. This bill creates damaging cuts in LA County’s public health and places the entire safety net in a precarious position.
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CCALAC Calls House Passage of American Health Care Act ‘Tragedy for Americans’

Posted: May 4, 2017

Fight Continues as Bill Moves to the Senate for Consideration

LOS ANGELES – May 4, 2017– Today the United States House of Representatives moved forward with its plan to dismantle major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is troubled by the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its devastating potential on California’s most vulnerable communities. CCALAC is encouraging its member clinics, the public and community leaders to continue their advocacy to keep the AHCA from moving forward.

“The AHCA would disrupt the ability of all Americans to continue to access health care; including the elderly, young adults, veterans, those struggling with addiction, those with pre-existing conditions and many, many more hard working Americans and their families.” Louise McCarthy, President and CEO of CCALAC, said. “The fight isn’t over to save our health care. We now have to make our message heard. Patients and providers alike need to get loud. The Senate needs to know that this bill would have a devastating impact on our communities and the safety net that serves them.”
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Southern California Health Centers Focus on ‘Linking Communities to Quality Care’

Posted: March 3, 2017

Amid Uncertainty, Nonprofit Providers Double Down on Care Transformation and Improving Quality

HUNGTINGTON BEACH, CALI. – March, 3, 2017 – As nonprofit community clinics and health centers face an uncertain future, Southern California providers gathered for a day of learning and best practice sharing at the 16th Annual Health Care Symposium. The event featured sessions on the pressing issues that clinics and their patients face, including health policy in the current political environment, impending payment reforms, social determinants of health, effective care teams, addressing the opioid epidemic and succession planning. Continue reading

CCALAC Awarded Federal Funding to Support Health Center Quality

Posted: July 26, 2016

Three-year program will provide technology support to 40 LA health

LOS ANGELES – July 26, 2016 – The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health and Human Resources Administration (HRSA) announced that the Community Clinic Association of Los Angele County (CCALAC) is the recipient of a multi-year Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) award. CCALAC will receive $1.25 million a year under the three year program, making it one of the largest programs in the nation. Continue reading

Nina Vaccaro to Join CCALAC as New COO

Posted: July 15, 2016

Vaccaro brings 18 years of health care experience in Southern California

The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), is pleased to announce that Nina Vaccaro has been selected as its new chief operating officer, effective August 1st. Ms. Vaccaro brings more than 18 years of nonprofit health care experience to the position. Continue reading

HCCN Technical Assistance Services Request for Proposals

Posted: January 11, 2016

Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County
Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN)
Technical Assistance Services Request for Proposals

Overview:

The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is currently soliciting proposals from organizations to provide comprehensive technical assistance services to its Members in accordance to the Work Plan of the Los Angeles Regional Health Center Controlled Network (LAR HCCN). CCALAC intends to apply for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HCCN competitive grant opportunity HRSA-16-010, and the technical assistance services will be an integral part of its grant proposal. Continue reading

HRSA Awards $21.7 Million in Grants to LA County Clinics for Expansion of Services and Improvement to Infrastructure

Posted: September 15, 2015

41 Clinics Receive Funds to Increase Health Care Access

LOS ANGELES –- September 15, 2015 – Today the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 1,184 clinics across the country. HRSA awarded $350 million to 1,184 clinics nationwide to expand services and $150 million for infrastructure improvements to 160 clinics nationally. In LA County, 41 clinics received a total of $12.7 million in Expanded Services Awards and, of those, 11 clinics received $8.9 million in Health Infrastructure Investment Awards.
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HRSA Invests Funding to Expand Quality Improvement in LA County

Posted: August 25, 2015

38 LA Health Centers Receive Awards for Quality, Access and Value

LOS ANGELES – August 25, 2015 – Today the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $63.3 million in grants to support 1,153 health center sites across the United States. Health centers will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure, and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve. In California, 135 health centers received $8.5 million in awards, with 38 LA-based organizations receiving more than $2.2 million.

“This funding gives a much-needed boost to community health centers as they advance the evolution of health care in LA County,” Community Clinic Association of LA County (CCALAC) President and CEO Louise McCarthy said in response to the news. “Since the start of the health center movement 50 years ago, health centers have worked to continuously improve the quality of care they provide. Today’s announcement is a further investment in this model system of high quality care.” Continue reading

Federal Government Invests $8.1 Million in LA County Health Care

Posted: August 11, 2015

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.
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LA Health Centers Receive Funds to Increase Health Care Access

Posted: May 5, 2015

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.
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14th Annual Health Care Symposium

Posted: February 27, 2015

Costa Mesa, CA – March 6, 2015 – The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers and the Council of Community Clinics in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties will be convening more than 400 health care professionals at the 2015 Annual Health Care Symposium in Costa Mesa, Cali., today.

This year’s conference theme is Integrating Systems, Transforming Care, Changing Lives and will feature breakout sessions throughout the day ranging in topics from improving cross systems collaborations, using data for quality improvement, conflict resolution, federal pharmaceutical program auditing, and much more. The Annual Health Care Symposium provides a forum to network and share valuable knowledge about the provision of quality health care. Each year presenters and attendees gather for a full day of sessions focused on challenges and innovations experienced by service providers and patients today. The conference offers educational opportunities for service providers, community clinic staff, community and state leaders, and other health care stakeholders. This years conference will also feature keynote speaker Melissa Stafford Jones, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX.

The 14th Annual Symposium will be held at the Hilton Costa Mesa/Orange County in Costa Mesa, Cali. The agenda is available at ccalac.org/events/symposium.

About the Southern California Consortia
The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, The Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers, and Council of Community Clinics in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties are 501(c)(3) organizations representing community clinics and health centers in Southern California. They represent a combined total of 85 member clinics, which operate over 290 sites throughout the Southern California region, spanning from Lancaster to San Ysidro on the US/ Mexico border. These clinics provide vital health care services to more than 1.75 million underserved patients per year.

Mourning the Loss of Risë Phillips

Posted: February 11, 2015

Risë K. Phillips

It is with the heaviest of hearts that the Board and Leadership of T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers shares with our community of patients, colleagues and supporters the untimely passing of our visionary President and Chief Executive Officer Ms. Risë K. Phillips. Risë transitioned from this life on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at her home in Los Angeles, CA.

Ms. Phillips joined T.H.E. in 2009, after having held key executive management positions in both public and private health care sectors. At the beginning of her career, Phillips supported the two largest lines of business at Blue Cross of California. Her work within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services provided the statistical justification necessary to support housing and prevention interventions in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. While heading the business development and public policy functions at the California Family Health Council, Ms. Phillips worked on major pieces of legislation in the U.S. Congress and at the California State Capital designed to safeguard and bring additional funding in support of women’s healthcare and reproductive rights. She served as Project Director for a biomedical support group actively engaged in worldwide HIV clinical trials research working with 255 researchers located in Africa, Thailand, India, Brazil, and multiple sites throughout the United States.

Risë K. Phillips earned a Masters degree in Public Health with a specialty in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, John Anderson School of Management.

Soon after joining T.H.E. as the President and CEO, Ms. Phillips lead a remarkable turnaround of the organization, whose doors were on the verge of closing, growing T.H.E. from one site to six (including two dental sites) and 18,000 patients in just a few years’ time.
Ms. Phillips was recently honored during a ribbon cutting celebration for T.H.E.’s sixth site, T.H.E. La Brea, where she received recognitions from the Offices of the Governor, the Los Angeles Mayor, Senator Diane Feinstein, as well as Senator Holly Mitchell, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.
Deeply committed to T.H.E.’s mission of bringing affordable, caring and culturally sensitive health care to underserved and under-resourced communities, Ms. Phillips was known for saying, “A person’s zip code should never determine their access to quality health care.”

Her generosity of spirit as well as her care and concern for her staff and patients will be greatly missed and shall remain an inspiration for T.H.E.’s continued work in Los Angeles.

If you would like to express your sentiments about Risë’s passing, please email ceo@tohelpeveryone.org.

Community HealthCorps team, Students Spruce Up Roosevelt High School as Part of MLK Day Tradition

Posted: January 20, 2015

From ABC7 Los Angeles Click here to watch video

Dozens of students, along with local volunteers, turned out to spruce up Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights as part of a longstanding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tradition.

Students were joined by volunteers from AltaMed Health Services and the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County. The group spent Monday morning adding a fresh coat of paint on stairs and benches to help beautify the school.

“I strongly believe in higher education so whatever inspires any students to keep going forward then that’s why I’m here to help,” volunteer Alejandra Rodriguez said.

For the 4th year, the high school is celebrating the legacy of King with a day of service. The students painted inspirational messages on the walls, which the students say leaves a powerful message.

The volunteers also helped maintain the campus garden, which has taught the students a lot about sustainable agriculture.

“Growing up, I was always told get out there and get involved in the community because that’s where you grew up in, you know, that’s your heart,” said Jasmine Ragland, a volunteer from the community clinic.

CCALAC Receives S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant

Posted: January 9, 2015

LOS ANGELES – January 9, 2015 – The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded a $75,000 one-year grant to the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) in core operating support. These funds will support the administrative and general operating costs of the Association.

“We are grateful to the S. Mark Taper Foundation for this generous award,” CCALAC President and CEO Louise McCarthy said. “This grant will ensure that CCALAC is able to provide continued support for our Member Clinics and Health Centers as we move into another dynamic year of ensure that more and more of LA County’s vulnerable populations are able to access quality, comprehensive health care.”

The S. Mark Taper Foundation, founded in 1989, is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our communities.

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 54 members that operate more than 200 clinics 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.

Clinics Laud New LA County Health Care Access Program

Posted: September 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (September 23, 2014) –The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved the creation of the My Health LA (MHLA) program, which will strengthen primary care access, promote coordination and improve health outcomes for LA County’s remaining uninsured. The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) lauded the action, commending the Board and the County.

“LA’s health centers are deeply committed to this program, their ongoing partnership with LA County, and most importantly, the patients they serve,” said CCALAC President and CEO Louise McCarthy. “Our joint efforts to build and implement My Health LA will create a strong foundation for the continued development of a world-class system of care for all residents of LA County.”

Clinic leaders voiced their support for the program and the ongoing partnership. “We are committed to the success of My Health LA,” said Dr. Elisa Nicholas, CCALAC Board Chair and President of The Children’s Clinic “Serving Children and Their Families” in Long Beach,. “The patients are at the center of all that we do. Our approach to the My Health LA program is framed by our standing commitment to provide the best care for our patients.”

The MHLA program has evolved from a decades-long partnership between LA County and local community clinics and health centers. The program includes primary care services at clinics, such health screenings, physicals, chronic disease management, and prescription medications. Specialty care and more acute services will be provided by LA County’s Department of Health Services. The program, which begins October 1, is expected to provide access to 146,000 uninsured LA County residents.

LA Clinics Celebrate Two Decades of Collective Advocacy

Posted: June 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES (June 4, 2014) – LA’s nonprofit Community Clinics and Health Centers begin a series of events today in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Community Clinic Association of LA County (CCALAC). The focus of the events highlight CCALAC’s two decades of collective advocacy for access to quality, comprehensive health care services for the underserved residents of LA County.

The celebration begins at 9:30 am with a presentation by the LA County Board of Supervisors, followed by a celebration at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The event will feature guest speaker Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA 40th District) and remarks from various clinic leaders.

“Over the past 20 years community clinics and health centers have been at the forefront of massive transformations in LA’s health care landscape. LA’s clinics have demonstrated effective advocacy and collaboration toward a common vision of comprehensive, quality health care for all.” McCarthy said. “In the throes of health reform, today’s celebration comes at a perfect time for us to reflect on how far we have all come in achieving our shared vision.”

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HWLA 2.0 & ACA Implementation

Posted: April 8, 2014

The LA County Board of Supervisors (LABOS) heard its regular quarterly update from the directors of LA County Department of Health Services, Department of Public Social Services, and Department of Public Health on local health reform implementation efforts. LADHS Director Mitch Katz briefed the BOS on the department’s progress on the future HWLA Unmatched program, among other ACA updates. Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky requested that LADHS keep all Board offices apprised on a monthly basis of its progress on HWLA 2.0. CCALAC went on record with the BOS stating that due to their ongoing support, many of CCALAC’s members are partnered with the County to provide a medical home and that CCALAC appreciates the ongoing partnership with LADHS to envision and develop a better system of care for the remaining uninsured. Jim Mangia, President & CEO of St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and representatives from One L.A., a local faith-based organization, also testified at Tuesday’s meeting, urging that significantly more investment will be needed to serve LA County’s uninsured.

Covered California Enrolls Over 500,000 Californians

Posted: January 24, 2014

On January 21, 2014, Covered California (Covered CA) released detailed enrollment statistics for October 1st through December 31st, 2013. Over half a million Californians, 500,108, enrolled in health insurance and selected plans through the end of 2013. Of those enrollees, approximately 85 percent were eligible for subsidies, and about 61 percent signed up for a Silver plan. Another 584,000 applicants were determined likely eligible for Medi-Cal through Covered CA during those three months. December numbers were significantly higher than November’s. About 400,000 enrolled in plans in December, far more than the 78,377 who enrolled in November, and 405,000 were likely eligible for Medi-Cal in December, compared to 108,000 in November.

Enrollment and applications among Latinos improved somewhat in December. Of the close to 400,000 consumers who indicated their ethnicity, almost 20 percent selected Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin. Of consumers who have completed applications, but not selected health plans, that number increases to 30 percent. It is estimated that about 46 percent of subsidy-eligible Californians are Latino. Approximately 25 percent of subsidy-eligible enrollees are in the 18 – 34 age group, this is the same as their share of the state’s population, but consumers in this age group are estimated to make up about 36 percent of Californians who are eligible for subsidies.

Affordable Care Act Funds Increase LA Access through Latest Round of New Access Point Grants

Posted: November 7, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – Today the Obama Administration announced $150 million in awards to support 236 new health center sites serve an additional 1.25 million patients nationwide. Forty six of these organizations are located in California, with eighteen LA-based organizations receiving over $12.1 million in grants.
Community clinics and health centers (clinics) throughout Los Angeles County currently provide high-quality, cost-effective preventative and primary care services to over one million patients each year. In this way, clinics greatly reduce the burden of costs associated with the lack of primary and preventative care, which contributes to increasing healthcare costs. With this newest round of funding, 43 organizations across Los Angeles now receive federal support in serving the underserved.

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Obama Speaks on Health Care Reform

Posted: May 11, 2009

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everyone. All right. Well, I just concluded a extraordinarily productive meeting with organizations and associations that are going to be essential to the work of health care reform in this country — groups that represent everyone from union members to insurance companies, from doctors and hospitals to pharmaceutical companies. It was a meeting that focused largely on one of the central challenges that we must confront as we seek to achieve comprehensive reform and lay a new foundation for our economy — and that is, the spiraling cost of health care in this country.

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$11 Million in Federal Funds to L.A. Clinics

Posted: March 27, 2009

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) granted over $11 million to expand services offered at community health centers in Los Angeles County. The money was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and comes as more Americans join the ranks of the uninsured.

“More Americans are losing their health insurance and turning to health centers for care,” said Health Resources and Services Administrator (HRSA) Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “These grants will aid centers in their efforts to provide care to an increasing number of patients during the economic downturn.”

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Congresswoman Lucille RoybalAllard (CA-34) honored by the National Association of Community Health Centers

Posted: March 26, 2009

March 26, 2009 Washington, D.C. – For the fifth time, the National Association of Community Health  Centers presented Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) with its Distinguished Community Health Defender Award for her “commitment to strengthen and preserve access to quality health care for America’s medically underserved.”

From her seat on the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee of Appropriations, the congresswoman advocates on behalf of the federal funding needs of the community clinics and health centers. The independent not-for-profit providers of comprehensive primary health care services serve the working poor, the uninsured, medically high-risk and vulnerable populations, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

The award presentation followed the congresswoman’s remarks to members of the California Primary Care Association. The congresswoman mentioned the importance of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress to assist community health centers endure the economic downtown. Under the federal Recovery measure, every community health center in the country is eligible for additional federal funds this year. In the 34th District, the following centers will receive additional funding under the measure: Family Health Care Centers of Greater LA; AltaMed Health Services Corporation; Chinatown Service Center; Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero; Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center; Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles; and Los Angeles Christian Health Centers.

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KHEIR Clinic Receives Visit from South Korean Consul General

Posted: March 4, 2009

On Wednesday, March 4, 2009 KHEIR Center welcomed Consul-General Jae Soo Kim and Consul Ju Young Park from the South Korean Consulate in Los Angeles for a tour of the facilities and a meeting with Erin Pak, KHEIR’s Chief Executive Officer.

Pak gave Consul-General Kim and Consul Park an extensive tour of the KHEIR–S. Mark Taper Foundation Community Clinic, the Social Services and Administrative offices, and the new Imaging Department.

Pak also discussed the health concerns of Korean-Americans as well as neighboring communities with Consul-General Kim and Park.