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 2020, an estimated 20, 800 patients were served resulting in 75,231 visits. The reasons for their visits were:
Fifty-four percent of our patients reportedly live below 100% of the federal poverty level; 64 percent reportedly live below 200% of the FPL.
Sixty-five percent were covered by Medi-Cal; six percent were covered by Medicare and 12 percent are uninsured.
In 2020, WHCC served a relatively young patient population with 50 percent ages 34 years and under. The racial/ethnic breakdown is 48 percent Non-Hispanic/Latino and 52 percent Hispanic/Latino. Most of our patients were female (60%).
Services We Provide
Women’s Health (OB/GYN and MCH-Maternal and Child Health)