Adult Primary Care
Venice Family Clinic provides comprehensive primary health care, including medications, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, and laboratory tests.
The Clinic cares for more than 6,600 children with a full range of medical, mental health, developmental and family support services. Well-child care includes immunizations and other preventive care, as well as developmental assessments. The Clinic also provides chronic care, teen services, and parenting classes.
Venice Family Clinic provides a full range of teen health services at school-based clinics at Culver City Middle School/High School, Santa Monica High School, and the Robert Levine Family Health Center, near Venice High School. Comprehensive primary care includes physicals and reproductive health care, diagnostic testing and medications, health education, mental health services, and weight management.
Judy & Bernard Briskin Women’s Health Program
The Clinic’s women’s health program features obstetrics and gynecological visits, including family planning, prenatal care, breast and cervical cancer screening, obstetrics, and gynecology. The cornerstone of the program is prenatal care, which includes medical care, health education, mental health services, and support services.
Homeless Health Care
Venice Family Clinic provides a combination of clinic- and shelter-based services, as well as mobile outreach, to homeless people. This includes the “street medicine” program, in which physicians, with the help of staff from local homeless service agencies, make weekly visits to areas where the homeless congregate to provide a modicum of services and encourage those in need of treatment to visit Venice Family Clinic or other agencies, as appropriate.
Chronic Disease Management
Venice Family Clinic helps patients manage chronic illnesses such as asthma, cardio-vascular disease, depression, and diabetes. For example, it provides medical, educational, and support services to asthmatics to enhance self-care and reduce the costly and vicious cycle of emergency room visits. And through a multi-disciplinary team, the Clinic teaches diabetic patients the causes and consequences of their disease, how to monitor their blood sugar levels, and the importance of good nutrition and physical exercise. Both programs feature electronic registries to help facilitate case management and monitor outcomes.
The Clinic provide a wide range of vision care services, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, case coordination, and prescription eye glasses. Retinal screening services are provided through a telemedicine partnership with the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.
Staff and volunteer physicians screen children and their parents during medical visits, perform fluoride varnishes on children as needed, and refer patients appropriately to the Clinic’s staff dental team or partner agencies. The Clinic’s staff dental team provides exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, root canals, and fillings, and oral hygiene education.
The Clinic provides treatment and counseling to HIV-infected patients, as well as anonymous HIV testing and outreach to the community.
Through a network of volunteers, Venice Family Clinic provides a wide range of specialty care, including cardiology, dermatology, ear/nose/throat, endocrinology, neurology, gastroenterology, optometry, ophthalmology, and orthopedics.
Medications and Medication Management
Venice Family Clinic procures more than $11 million in prescription drugs at no cost from through pharmaceutical manufacturers’ patient assistance programs and dispenses over 132,000 prescriptions annually, at limited or no cost.
Lab and Diagnostic Services
With help from local labs, hospitals, and radiology firms, the Clinic provides a wide range of diagnostic services.
Health, Wellness, and Integrative Medicine
With the generous support of The Simms/Mann Family Foundation, Venice Family Clinic has launched the nation’s first health, wellness and integrative medicine program offered at a community clinic. Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Programs provide a wide range of evidence-based integrated services, which focus on the whole person and the whole family. In addition to high-quality conventional care, integrative medical services include disease management, prevention, and wellness programs. Multimodality approaches to chronic disease are utilized including mind-body therapies, acupuncture, chiropractic, and osteopathic care. Click here to learn more about the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center.
Health Education, Promotion, and Community Outreach
Venice Family Clinic enhances patients’ health care through education about nutrition, disease management, reproductive counseling, prenatal care, child safety, pediatric literacy, teen health, dental health, and substance abuse.
Mental Health Services
The Clinic’s mental health program provides counseling, psychiatric services, and psychosocial support related to the social stress of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and domestic violence. Services include crisis intervention as well as individual, family, and group therapy.
Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Venice Family Clinic embraces a harm reduction model for our patients with substance use disorders. Our providers can prescribe medications, including naltrexone and buprenorphine, for those who come to us with alcohol use and opiate use disorders. We have a team of therapists, counselors and a case manager available to help patients achieve and maintain sobriety goals through counseling, groups and other supportive approaches.
Domestic Violence Intervention
Venice Family Clinic’s Safe Families Domestic Violence Intervention Program helps more than 250 women per year. Services include individual and group counseling, advocacy, and emergency medical care. The program also serves children who witness violence between their parents.
Public Health Insurance Enrollment
Venice Family Clinic helps eligible patients enroll, and stay enrolled, in Managed Care Insurances like HealthNet, HCLA Medi-Cal, HCLA Blue Cross, and other available programs for patients who are eligible.
Child Development Services
Children First is Venice Family Clinic’s Early Head Start program. Early Head Start is a federally funded, comprehensive child development program designed to improve the quality of life for young children by strengthening families through intensive case management, parent education, and parent empowerment.