Community Wellness

Venice Family Clinic understands delivering comprehensive care means also addressing social needs that impact health. That means going beyond just the doctor’s visit to determine how factors like access to food, housing, and education help people get healthier. We help patients address these needs through on-site case management and referrals to partner agencies.

Street Medicine

House calls for people without a home

People experiencing homelessness have many barriers to managing their health, so we try to break those barriers down. We welcome everyone to our clinical sites, and our groundbreaking street medicine teams also travel beyond the clinic walls and into the community—from the Westside to mid-city—providing needed care to people who do not currently have a permanent place to live. Our medical providers and psychiatrists also work with community partners  with the goal of getting them safely housed and off the streets.

Children First Early Head Start

A family approach to better health

Venice Family Clinic’s Children First Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program for families with children from birth to 3-years-old and pregnant mothers. Our goal is to promote the health, safety and well-being of young children and their families by helping them access quality medical care and needed social services. We also provide nutrition counseling, prenatal education, vocational coaching, mental health services, and referrals to housing assistance.

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HIV Prevention and Treatment (Common Ground)

Caring for and preventing HIV/AIDS

We’re committed to helping everyone know their HIV status, and we make sure that people living with the virus find—and stay connected to—medical care. Our Common Ground program provides an evolving mix of services to respond to our community’s needs, including testing for HIV, Hepatitis C and STDs, a syringe services program, and a weekly buprenorphine clinic.

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Reach Out and Read

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body

Literacy and education are a key aspect of community health, which is why we provide age-appropriate Spanish- and English-language books to any child who walks through our doors. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, we provide thousands of books each year to children.

Case Management

Connecting patients with the resources they need

Case management connects our patients to specialized medical care as well as vital public programs that help to address their basic needs, including helping them enroll in CalFresh (food stamps) or connecting patients experiencing homelessness to a housing services agency.

Teaching Kitchen

Promoting healthy habits

We offer cooking classes at our very own teaching kitchen, helping children and their families learn about healthy foods and how to prepare those foods so they are as delicious as they are nutritious.

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