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Strengthening the Healthcare Safety Net

LACHCTwo million Angelenos, including about 200,000 children, are without health insurance. Many depend on nonprofit community clinics for access to free or low cost healthcare. But clinics are struggling with increasingly complex issues that affect their survival: closure of emergency rooms, state and local budget deficits, Medicaid reimbursement battles and uncertainties about the impact of healthcare reform.

Every dollar of pro bono assistance that Community Development Project attorneys and volunteers provide is increasingly important in helping community clinics offer more flu shots, diabetes intervention, well-baby check-ups, HIV tests and other primary healthcare services that so many need but cannot afford. Recently, for example, CDP helped Los Angeles Christian Health Centers expand their operations by acquiring a new site in a public housing project – assuring that hundreds more low-income families will receive the medical attention they need and deserve.