Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has announced grants totaling more than $4.8 million to strengthen the region's social safety net.
Through its Community Clinic Initiative, Cedars-Sinai awarded grants to nonprofits working to address the physical and mental healthcare needs of underserved populations, including the homeless, at-risk youth, and immigrants. Now in its third year, the initiative is aimed at boosting the financial, administrative, and leadership effectiveness of community clinics and mental health organizations through investments in community-wide efforts to improve quality of care, financial benchmarking, data analysis, and leadership development.
This year's grant recipients include thirteen mental health organizations that treat uninsured and undocumented patients for a variety of mental health issues, substance use disorders, and other challenges. They include the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where Cedars-Sinai grants have helped fund a domestic violence prevention program, and Amanecer Community Counseling Services, which provides mental health counseling for low-income Latino parents and children. Other recipients include Step Up on Second, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the March of Dimes, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s Home for Good program.
"Hundreds of thousands of people in Los Angeles receive care at community health centers. In this time of healthcare uncertainty, the role of these community clinics has only grown in importance," said Jonathan Schreiber, director of Community Engagement at Cedars-Sinai. "We believe we can impact the efficiency and quality of care given to L.A.’s most vulnerable populations with ongoing support for local healthcare institutions."