Barnes Training and Consulting Announces Benevolence Health Centers: A Beacon of Hope for Minorities and Economically Disadvantaged Communities

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Come visit one of the Benevolence Health Centers before Christmas and see how Benevolence Health Centers are helping minorities and economically disadvantaged communities.

At the heart of Los Angeles, Medicare, Medi-Cal, Private insurance and other public programs only cover 83% of patients. What happens to the other disadvantaged, often single parent families, which fall between the cracks of the medical health programs?

According to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center, an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. Many disadvantaged or homeless who have health issues are lacking the education about prevention in order to help themselves.

Since 2005, BHC has provided quality health care and excellent educational programs to the under-served and uninsured in Southern California. Benevolence Health Centers regularly serves more than 5,000 families each year, providing community access to medical, dental and mental health clinics, including case management, pharmacy, youth programs as well as STD and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

BHC promotes a comprehensive care, assisting individuals and their families from birth through the senior years, regardless of ability to pay. Benevolence Health Centers have an integrated system of care that emphasizes prevention, and an individual’s total health. BHC believes this is the best way to help alleviate unnecessary trips to already overextended emergency rooms, thus also reducing the total cost of providing care to the uninsured.

The unsung heroes are the volunteers and people who make personal donations to keep this service available for the less fortunate of our fine city. If you have extra time or money on hand consider BHC as your tax free donation recipient. Classes and health education materials are available to patients and community members free of charge. BHC’s Health Education Department provides patients with tools to make healthy choices. Benevolence Health Centers offer a variety of programs that focus on prevention, self-management and healthy lifestyle behaviors. Classes are offered free of charge at multiple BHC locations in both English and Spanish.

BHC clinics also offer mobile health clinics that serves multiple locations and group settings within the Southern California region; such as transitional homes, board and care facilities, churches, schools etc.

The Clinics are at the following locations:

3631 Crenshaw Boulevard, #109, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Tel: (323) 732-0100

3533 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019. Tel: (323) 734-1600

1126 E. South Street, Long Beach, CA 90805. Tel: (562) 984-9200

One can also reach them at http://www.bhchealth.org.

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