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.
When the Watts Health Center started in the mid-1960s 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.
The main facility, a 69,000 square foot building, was opened in 1978 in Watts, adjacent to several large public housing projects. It houses 50 examination rooms.
The center is owned and operated by the Watts Healthcare Corporation (WHCC). The WHCC also oversees the Jefferson Crenshaw Community Health Center, the Crenshaw Community Health Center, the 9901 Wellness Center for Adults and a two school-based wellness centers in Watts. The WHCC also owns the House of Uhuru substance use disorder treatment facility and the Lumpkin House sober living facility.
The services provided are supported by federal, state, and county grants and contracts; managed care agreements; Medicare revenues; Medi-Cal revenues, and discounted fees paid by patients. With a more than $42 million annual budget, WHCC offers evidence-based primary care, dental services and specialty services that are culturally and linguistically sensitive. The populations we focus on reaching are SPA 6 residents with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty line.
Patients We Serve
In 2021, an estimated 20,232 patients were served resulting in 73,673 visits. The reasons for their visits were:
Fifty-seven percent of our patients reportedly live below 100% of the federal poverty level; 67 percent reportedly live below 200% of the FPL.
Seventy-Five percent were covered by Medi-Cal; five percent were covered by Medicare and 12 percent are uninsured.
In 2021, 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%).