The Southside Coalition and our member clinics are active in promoting health care for everyone and health education throughout the neighborhoods we serve. In this section, we will post news about the Southside Coalition and our members to create one location where you can stay abreast of this information.

Health Net Awards $1.5 Million to Help Close Insurance Gap, Improve Quality of Care and Enhance Health Outcomes

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Health Net, Inc. (“Health Net”), one of California’s largest health insurance companies, is awarding a combined $1.5 million to 10 health care and community-based organizations across the state to help close the insurance gap, improve the quality and availability of health care and enhance health outcomes in medically underserved communities.

These grants are supported by Health Net’s Community and Infrastructure Investment Program, created as a result of the Undertakings agreed to by Health Net and the California Department of Managed Health Care as a condition of the department’s approval of the merger between Centene Corporation and Health Net, Inc.

“Increasing the number of insured individuals is an important part of our efforts to transform the health of the communities we serve,” said Steve Sell, president of Health Net of California, Inc. “We are partnering with key health care providers to help them expand their services and capacity for serving patients. By supporting these organizations, we are helping Californians be well and stay well.”

The organizations receiving the grants support a wide range of programs and initiatives that directly address many of the unmet needs of the state’s most underserved communities. Investments in these organizations, through Health Net’s Community & Infrastructure Investment Program, are intended to grow coverage in health insurance programs and help individuals find the care they need.

“Many of the recipients are committed to providing culturally relevant programs, education and services focused on medical, dental and behavioral health care to underserved populations,” said Carol Kim, vice president of Community Investments & Public Affairs for Health Net. “And they are committed to expanding outreach efforts to help individuals enroll and retain Medi-Cal and Covered California coverage and navigate the health care system.”

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The Healthy Aging Partnership in Prevention Initiative, a community-based research project, has assembled a diverse team to encourage use of clinical preventive services. The collaborative effort includes: Los Angeles Department of Public Health; Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers; Los Angeles City and County Departments of Aging; Local community-based organizations; and a multidisciplinary group of UCLA investigators.

New Preventive Health Program Helps South L.A. Seniors Get ‘HAPPI’

October 19, 2015

by Stephanie Stephens California Healthline

LOS ANGELES — Adults ages 50 and older who live in South Los Angeles now have help to get healthy and “HAPPI.” Instead of waiting for seniors to access and receive no-cost preventive health services, the new Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative meets them “where they are.”

Approximately 1.1 million people of all ages live in South L.A., and roughly 20% are 50 or older, said project leader and research scientist Kathryn Kietzman at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

HAPPI, a community-based research project, has assembled a diverse team to encourage use of clinical preventive services. The collaborative effort includes:

  • Los Angeles Department of Public Health;
  • Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers;
  • Los Angeles City and County Departments of Aging;
  • Local community-based organizations; and
  • A multidisciplinary group of UCLA investigators.

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Southside Coalition members St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center staff are interviewed about the rollout of Health Care Reform in California. With enthusiastic backing from state officials and an estimated seven million uninsured, California is a crucial testing ground for the success of President Obama’s health care law.

Health Act Embraced in California

October 10, 2013

By Jennifer Medina
New York Times

The state is spending $94 million to help local health clinics, community groups and labor unions reach residents — many who have lived without health insurance for years — and have them complete the often bewildering process of signing up for coverage. “It’s going to take a little bit of everyone doing a lot of different things to get this all together,” said Lisa Hubbard, a director at St. John’s Well Child and Family Clinic in South Los Angeles, which has one of the highest rates of uninsured in the country. “We’re really going to have to try anything and everything.”

“People are really enthusiastic, but they are really unsure about what’s in it for them and what they are going to get,” said Nelson Samayoa, an outreach worker at the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles, which has a waiting list of 200 people who plan to enroll in Covered California. “Even though there is a lot of information out there, it doesn’t mean people can really access and understand it on their own. They need us to explain it to them.”

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Southside Coalition Promotoras de Salud Fill Health Care Reform Knowledge Gap for Patients
For more than two years, Southside Coalition Promotoras de Salud have been sharing conversations about health care reform with patients in South Los Angeles health center waiting rooms. The article discusses this and other best practices Southside Coalition team members are using to connect patients with the resources they need.

Clinics unite to better serve low-income patients

Southside Coalition paving way for better communication, better care among health clinics in South L.A

June 20, 2013

By Robert Fulton
California Health Report

It is 9 a.m. on a Tuesday and the St. John’s Well Child & Family Wellness Center in South Los Angeles is busy. More than 40 adults and children sit in the clinic’s large waiting area while the sounds of friendly conversations in Spanish and English, ringing cell phones and fussing youngsters fill the air.

In the middle of this, Olivia Mendez stands and begins to speak, first in Spanish, then in English, her voice rising above the buzz while her partner Evelia Castaneda hands out literature.

Mendez and Castaneda are Promotoras de Salud, or community health workers, employed by the Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers, a consortia of eight community health clinics based in the greater South Los Angeles area.

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Six Southside Coalition Health Centers to Receive Obamacare Funding to Aid Enrollment
Six Southside Coalition Health centers are among the 26 California clinics that will receive funds from the Affordable Care Act to help uninsured Californians enroll in health insurance programs.

6 South LA clinics to get a share of $22 million to provide health care for the uninsured

May 9th, 2013, 10:17 am

By José Martinez
On Central

South Central Family Health Center, whose Central Avenue location is pictured above, is among the 26 L.A. County-area clinics eligible for federal funding totaling more than $150 million, part of which will go toward community outreach efforts to help the uninsured get enrolled.

The Obama Administration announced Thursday that more than $22 million will be made available to 129 health centers in California to help uninsured residents enroll in health insurance.

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Do Community Health Centers Mean Better Care for Chronically Ill Patients?
In the debate about how to improve health care while reigning in costs, a Los Angeles Times article posed this important question, “Are clinics better than emergency rooms for the chronically ill?” The article follows the care provided by Southside Coalition member T.H.E. Clinic.

How a ‘million-dollar patient’ got off a medical merry-go-round

As part of the healthcare overhaul, clinics strive to keep chronically ill people out of emergency rooms.

May 5, 2013, 4:22 p.m.

By Anna Gorman
Los Angeles Times

For more than two decades, Wanda Remo has battled one illness after another. Asthma, chronic lung disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, depression, chronic pain, strokes. Specialists treat her lungs, her heart and her joints.

Her litany of ailments brought her to emergency rooms six times last year, between numerous additional visits to a federally subsidized health clinic in South Los Angeles.

“You are one of the million-dollar patients,” her doctor, Derrick Butler, tells the 57-year-old as she leans on her walker during one appointment.

Remo and countless other chronically ill patients like her pose one of the biggest obstacles to medical professionals, hospitals and political leaders trying to rein in costs as they overhaul the healthcare system.

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Watts Healthcare Corporation Takes Wellness Care Back to School
Opening new wellness centers in schools is just one way that Southside Coalition community health centers extend care into more areas of South Los Angeles where healthcare is most needed. Watts Healthcare Corporation recently opened a new health center in Locke High School.

Locke High School joins list of South LA schools with on-campus health centers

April 25th, 2013, 1:40pm

By José Martinez
On Central

A hallway in Locke Wellness Center in South Los Angeles. Primary dentistry will be among the services available to students of Locke High School and residents of the surrounding communities once the center is open for business.

The Watts Healthcare Corporation opened its second school-based clinic in three weeks on Thursday morning at Locke High School in South Los Angeles.

Officials marked the grand opening of Locke School Wellness Center, which is located on the Green Dot charter high school’s campus and will provide free health care to both students and residents of the surrounding community.

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How Teamwork Benefits Patients at UMMA and St. John’s Community Health Centers
Teamwork is an essential part of the patient-centered medical home, which is the future of primary care in the United States. Teams and coordinated care make it possible for more patients to receive the treatment they need. One article looks at how nurses and other team members extend patient care at UMMA Community Clinic and St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, two Southside Coalition members.

Nurses, other ‘mid-level’ providers: Future of primary care already here in South LA

April 24th, 2013, 10:52am

By José Martinez
On Central

Rosaura Guizar, a patient at UMMA Community Clinic in South Los Angeles, discusses her medical concerns with Simmi Gandhi, a nurse practitioner. This clinic and others like it are relying more on the skills of its midlevel medical staff as the growing number of patients strains the ratio between caregivers and those in need of medical attention.

It’s early in the morning, and Simmi Gandhi – a family nurse practitioner at UMMA Community Clinic – is making a call to one of her patients.

“I’m sorry to wake you up so early this morning again,” says Gandhi over the phone. “But I thought that you would want to know what your results are.”

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