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19 places you can get low-cost medical care in South LA (and 7 dental options)

Oct. 2, 2012, 4:23 p.m.

A patient receives complimentary dental care at the 2012 Care Harbor clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The clinic lasted four days and served 4,800 patients, but L.A. County has 2.2 million uninsured all year long. (José Martinez/OnCentral)


Care Harbor, the free, four-day clinic that took place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena this year, wrapped up on Sunday. Volunteer health providers gave 4,800 safety-net patients complimentary medical, dental and vision care.

But Los Angeles is home to 2.2 million uninsured – what about them?

"There are a lot of resources," said Nina Vaccaro, the executive director of the Southside Coalition of Community Health Clinics – which is one of those resources. "It's almost overwhelming how many resources there are, but they have limitations. Each and every one of them don't have an unlimited capacity."

In South Los Angeles in particular, said Vaccaro, the safety-net health care system has the "bricks and mortar" it needs – now it just needs doctors, nurse practitioners and physician's assistants.

"There are enough clinics, but whether they have the capacity to take care of everyone is a major question we have right now," she said.

But if you're a southsider in need of medical or dental services that are low-cost – or perhaps even free, depending on your situation – here's a list of places in your area you might try. (Note: Zoom out on the maps to see your full range of options.)

Hospital care


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Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (Hospital)
12021 S. Wilmington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90059
For information: (310) 668-4321
For appointments: (310) 668-5011

Medical care


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Compton Central Health Clinic, Inc.
201 N. Central Avenue
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 635-7123

Dollarhide Health Center
1108 N. Oleander Avenue
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 763-2244

Central City Community Health Center
5970 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90001
(323) 234-3280

Central Neighborhood Medical Group, Inc.
2707 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 234-5000

H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center
2829 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007
For information: (800) 341-9211
For appointments: (800) 383-4600

Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center
5850 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003
(323) 846-4312

South Central Family Health Center
4425 S. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 908-4200

South Central Family Health Center (School-based clinic)
The Accelerated School
4000 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 232-2673

St. John's Well Child and Family Center (Compton location)
2115 N. Wilmington Avenue
Compton, CA 90220
(310) 605-1332

St. John's Well Child and Family Center (South L.A. location)
5701 S. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 541-1400

St. John's Well Child and Family Center (School-based clinic)
Hyde Park Elementary School
6505 S. 8th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 750-9232

St. John's Well Child and Family Center (Pico-Union location)
1910 S. Magnolia Avenue #101
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 749-0947

St. John's Well Child and Family Center (School-based clinic)
Manual Arts High School
4131 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 846-7300

T.H.E. Clinic, Inc.
3834 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90062
(323) 730-1920

University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic
711 W. Florence Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 789-5610

Watts Healthcare Corporation
10300 Compton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(323) 357-6680

Watts Healthcare Corporation (Crenshaw Community Health Center)
3756 Santa Rosalia Drive #400
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 357-6680

Wilmington/Mary Henry Community Clinic
10901 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 241-6716

Dental care


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Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
1530 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-5542

H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center
2829 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007
For information: (800) 341-9211
For appointments: (800) 383-4600

Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center
5850 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90003
(323) 846-4312

South Bay Family Healthcare Center
742 W. Gardena Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 802-6170

St. John's Well Child and Family Center (South L.A. location)
5701 S. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 541-1400

St. John's Well Child and Family Center (Pico-Union location)
1910 S. Magnolia Avenue #101
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 749-0947

Watts Healthcare Corporation
10300 Compton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(323) 568-4419

Did we miss one? Or have you been to one of these clinics? What was your experience? Leave a comment below, tweet OnCentral or email the author to share!

Clinic information provided to OnCentral by Nina Vaccaro. This post has been updated.

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