To improve the health and well-being of the people and communities that we serve by ensuring access to compassionate, quality, culturally sensitive preventive and primary health care services.
Watts Health Center, opened its doors in October of 1967. With a $2.7 million grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity, it was one of the first community health centers in the United States.
Its flagship facility, the Watts Health Center, is a 69,000 square foot building which opened in 1979 in the community of Watts, adjacent to several large public housing projects. As of 2019, Watts Health Center houses 56 examination rooms.
The center is owned and operated by the Watts Healthcare Corporation (WHCC), a 501 c 3 Federally Qualified Health Center. The WHCC also oversees the Crenshaw Community Health Center, a satellite clinic, the Jefferson Crenshaw Health Center both located in the Crenshaw District, the 9901 Wellness Center in Watts and two school-based clinics–one at Jordan High School and one at Locke High School. WHCC also owns the House of Uhuru Substance Abuse Treatment Center and the Lumpkin House a sober living facility.
The services provided are supported by federal, state, and county grants and contracts along with managed care agreements; Medicare revenues; Medi-Cal revenues and reduced fees paid by patients. With a $42 million annual budget, WHCC offers evidence-based medical and dental services that are culturally and linguistically sensitive. The populations we serve resident in SPA 6 who are uninsured or under-insured.
Patients We Serve
In 2018, 23,783 patients were served during 100,553 visits. The visits were generated primarily in the following areas:
Approximately eighty-five percent (84.8%) of our patients live below 100% of the federal poverty level with 94 percent (93.7%) living below 200% FPL.
Eighty-one percent (81%) are covered by Medi-Cal and approximately 10% percent (9.5%) are uninsured.
We serve a young patient population, with 36 percent ages 19 and under.
Services We Provide
Vision Care (optometry, and optician services)
In-house Specialty (podiatry)
Complete radiology suite offering mammography, ultrasound, and chest extremity services
Same Day/Urgent Care
HIV/AIDS (WHCC operates the South Los Angeles Community AIDS Program-SLACAP)
Full-service dental program – general dentistry for adults and children
Crown and bridge work
Full prosthetic appliance building (Prosthodontics)
Patient education (bilingual)
Teen Health Advocates
Mammography (average 3000, includes mobile unit)
Maternal and Child Health Program (provides support and guidance to women with young families on health care and other resources for themselves and their children)
WIC (5 locations – Watts Health Center, Hoover, Adams, Compton, Huntington Park)