Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan Friday inaugurated a fifth Community Resource Center to its network of jointly operated facilities throughout Los Angeles County.

The Community Resource Center at 1233 S. Western Ave. will serve one of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse districts in the city, officials said.

“With all the challenges and uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not be more proud to keep advancing this partnership with Blue Shield Promise to provide an array of useful services and resources during this critical time,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO. “The top goal of this collaboration has always been to make our communities healthier, and this new Community Resource Center helps to make that vision a reality.”

The newly minted resource center, which officially opened its doors to the public last month, is the newest addition to the health plans’ network, which will eventually feature 14 Community Resource Centers as part of a five-year, $146 million commitment announced in September 2019.

“We are thrilled to be opening our fifth jointly operated Community Resource Center with L.A. Care,” said Kristen Cerf, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. “We are committed to being a resource and advocate for social needs and outcomes to positively impact the health of the communities we serve, helping to alleviate additional burden the community members may be facing during this unprecedented time.”

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Community Resource Center offers select services by appointment only. Hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center has staff on-site to help with member services support, enrollment in local and state assistance programs and support finding a range of resources such as food and housing assistance. The Community Resource Center also offers free Wi-Fi for anyone needing telehealth services.

More information is available online at activehealthyinformed.org.

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