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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Visits South Bay Family Health Care Clinic in Gardena

September 1, 2009
Press Release
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) today toured the South Bay Family Health Care clinic in Gardena as part of National Health Center Week (August 9-15), which recognizes the importance of community health centers for patients in need. South Bay Family Health Care (SBFHC) centers are providing a variety of free health screenings through August 14th; the Gardena clinic provided free blood sugar testing today.

"The Gardena clinic and the larger South Bay Family Health Care system have been providing high-quality, low-cost – sometimes free – health care to thousands of area residents for many years. These clinics are often the only access to health care that some of my constituents receive, and so I am happy to be here today to tour the clinic and see the important services available to those in need.  The blood sugar screenings provided for free today can detect diabetes and other ailments that affect many people in our communities," said Congresswoman Waters.

She added, "Since approximately 47 million Americans live each day without health insurance, there is a desperate need for access to affordable, quality health care in this country.  I commend SBFHC for doing what it can in this economic and health care environment to meet the needs of the patients that it serves."

Services available at SBFHC clinics include: general medical services; chronic disease management; women's health; prenatal care; pediatric care; dental care; and social services. In 2007, SBFHC served over 16,000 patients of all ages, ethnicities, and races. Because of its track record in the community and the amount of patients that it serves, SBFHC was awarded $338 million in Increased Demand for Services grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Congresswoman Waters is scheduled to visit Mar Vista Gardens tomorrow, where Venice Family Clinic provides health care to community residents.   Venice Family Clinic, the largest free clinic in the country, serves 23,500 low-income and uninsured patients through eight sites in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista and Culver City.

The second week of August each year is dedicated National Health Center Week, recognizing the service and contributions of Community, Migrant, Homeless and Public Housing Health Centers in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people in the U.S.

More information can be found at www.healthcenterweek.org or www.sbfhc.org

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