JWCH Institute, Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC) and AD+ World Health have partnered to create the JWCH/DRMC Family Care Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center; Volunteers of America provided the final funds to complete construction. The center will open in March 2014 as a primary, preventative and urgent care family clinic in Downey to serve the underserved and underinsured in Southeast Los Angeles County. Real Medicine Foundation remains one of the first partners of the coalition to help attract funding support and to provide outreach programs. The local community has been in desperate need of a healthcare home where children and adults can receive the full spectrum of primary and preventative care. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, much of our underserved population now has medical coverage but no access to medical care without the addition of more clinics. Clinic services will include comprehensive primary care for children and adults; mental health services; prenatal care and education; preventive education on asthma, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, STDs, teen pregnancy, obesity; women, infants & children (WIC) enrollment; urgent care; nutritional and exercise education. Patients are seen regardless of ability to pay. The clinic also serves as a training site for DRMC’s family practice residents, optometry, podiatry, dental and nursing students, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants from Western University of Health Sciences.
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