Elizabeth Benson Forer’s visionary leadership has been integral to Venice Family Clinic’s growth. She joined the Clinic in 1994, when it served 10,000 patients annually at one location. Today, the Clinic serves over 45,000 patients at 17 locations. During nearly three decades at Venice Family Clinic, Ms. Forer has guided the creation of new clinical programs and a robust network of over 200 community partnerships.
Ms. Forer has held numerous positions on boards, including the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, the California Primary Care Association and the National Association of Free Clinics. In 2016, the Durfee Foundation recognized her as an outstanding leader and granted a three-month sabbatical to advance leadership skills. She was also a California HealthCare Foundation Health Leadership Fellow. Through these organizations and her direct advocacy work, Ms. Forer is involved at all levels of government to develop legislation and policy initiatives to help people with low incomes and people experiencing homelessness access health care.
Prior to joining the Clinic, she served as Executive Director of Settlement Health and Medical Services, a nonprofit community health center in East Harlem, New York, and directed a department at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, where her mission was to make the hospital more accessible to local residents. Ms. Forer holds master’s degrees in social work and public health from Columbia University.