Residents to Launch Campaign to Protect Community Clinics

LOS ANGELES – Hundreds of South LA patients, healthcare workers and residents will kick off a campaign Wednesday to stop potential cuts by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that could leave thousands of families without medical treatment.

LA County Supervisors are considering major cuts to funding for community clinics that provide healthcare for children, the elderly and people with disabilities in South Los Angeles, the most medically underserved area in Los Angeles County.

“The clinic in my community helps keep my five-year-old daughter out of the emergency room and healthy,” said Brenda Catalan, a patient at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in South Los Angeles. “Services are already strapped and if the Supervisors cut further it could mean my daughter’s health suffers.”

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who has pledged to protect funding for South LA, will be attending the campaign launch.

Brenda Catalan and others are working with residents, healthcare workers, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), SEIU Local 721, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) to keep the funding intact.

What: Town Hall to Defend Healthcare in South LA with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Where: St. John’s Well Child & Family Center Auditorium, 5801 S. Hoover Street, Los Angeles, 90037

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 6pm to 8pm

Interviews: South LA residents (including Spanish-language speakers) will be available onsite for interviews; phone interviews are also available.


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