""My family and I have a great deal of respect for the health services and community outreach that Westside Family Health Center provides.''
Gina Rodriguez,
Golden-Globe-winning
actress, 'Jane the Virgin'

At Westside Family Health Center we believe good health is more than just treating illness. That's why we stress preventive care and offer a broad range of comprehensive health care services for women, men and children. To make an appointment call (310) 450-2191 or log in to our Patient Portal if you already have an account. The following services are available at Westside Family Health Center:

 

Adult physical exams: Feeling under the weather and want to get checked out? Need a flu shot or a physical exam for a new job? Have pesky allergies? Our Family Practice Program provides adult men and women with general care for general medical problems not covered under our other programs.

Assistance, Health Insurance: WFHC's Patient Care Coordinator provides case
management and assists patients with navigation for referrals and resources. As a Certified Application Assistor (CAA), this person also provides information
and help with enrollment applications for Healthy Families and Healthy Kids. 


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Assistance, Medication:
Given the high cost of medications—particularly for chronic diseases—WFHC’s Patient Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (PPAP) works with dozens of pharmaceutical companies to obtain free or discounted medications for our patients.  

Birth control: WFHC offers various methods of birth control (contraception) that can help prevent pregnancy including birth control pills, condoms, contraceptive rings and patches and Implanon, a contraceptive that is placed under the skin. We also offer reproductive health counseling to determine which birth control method is best for you, sex education, and testing for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and AIDS/HIV.

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Childbirth Classes:
WFHC’s childbirth preparation classes address the signs of labor, stages of labor, problems in labor and offer solutions in an educational format that includes practice with floor exercises, breathing techniques, birth ball work and message techniques. Additionally, we look at interventions associated with labor. Although our emphasis is on the least amount of intervention possible, we recognize the value of pain relief options and will explore them fully. The course also includes instruction on breastfeeding and the postpartum period. The classes are held in English and Spanish.

Chronic conditions: At WFHC we help you navigate the rocky road of chronic conditions—including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and asthma. We test for chronic conditions which often are preventable. Chronic conditions are the costliest to treat and if unchecked can lead to incapacity or even death. Let us work with you to get you on—or help you stay on—a path to good health. In addition to screening, we partner with you to treat and manage your condition as part of our Healthy Aging program which educates patients on the importance of healthy eating and the importance of keeping your mind and body active.


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Chronic care management classes:
In order to meet the growing needs of clients with chronic conditions, WFHC offers chronic care management classes that help clients better understand and control their chronic condition and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Since chronic conditions are often preventable and treatable—and are often caused by lack of physical activity and poor nutrition—it is important that they be addressed. The classes discuss serving sizes, how to read nutrition labels, slowly increasing physical activity and how to keep up good behavior. WFHC offers an intensive and specialized diabetes management clinic weekly to focus on insulin-dependent patients and patients at risk for diabetes.

Educational presentations and trainings: WFHC’s Community Outreach & Education Department provides a wide range of presentations and trainings for schools, community agencies, parents/guardians and youth. Presentations are available in both English and Spanish and we will come to your location. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out WFHC will work with you to design presentations to meet your particular needs. Topics include: 

  • Birth Control Methods
  • Communication Skills
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Healthy Relationships
  • HIV and Risk Reduction
  • LGBTQ Issues/ How to Be an Ally
  • Reproductive Anatomy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Talking to Your Kids about Sex
  • Values
  • Women’s Health

Healthy Aging: Getting older doesn’t have to mean losing your health. At WFHC we believe the earlier the better and partner with you to design a roadmap to good health. Our Healthy Aging program examines your lifestyle, family history and other factors, and educates patients on the importance of healthy eating and the importance of keeping your mind and body active. We test for chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and asthma. In addition to screening, we work with you to treat and manage your condition whether it’s through medication or adjustments to your diet or lifestyle.


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Hearing Screening:
A hearing test does not replace a hearing specialist’s exam, but it is an excellent tool for determining hearing loss across the generations. Many people slowly lose their hearing as they age but it is not a condition of the elderly. We are constantly being bombarded by loud noises—among them headphones—and this can lead to a loss of hearing. If you are age 65 or older, you should have your ears checked frequently. Healthy hearing is very important to a child’s development too. Schedule a hearing exam for your child and learn how to protect your child’s hearing.

HIV Testing (rapid): A drop of blood is collected from your finger and results are provided in as little as 20 minutes. In addition to testing, your visit also includes information on HIV and STDs and counseling. This test is confidential and anonymous. Any test that registers as HIV positive is rechecked with a confirmatory test. This service is included in your cost, which is based on a sliding fee scale and ranges from free to $35, depending on your income.

HIV Testing (traditional): With the traditional method, a vial of blood is drawn from your arm. Results are provided in one week. In addition to testing, your visit also includes information on HIV and STDs and counseling. This test is confidential and anonymous. Any test that registers as HIV positive is rechecked with a confirmatory test. This service is included in your cost, which is based on a sliding fee scale and ranges from free to $35, depending on your income.

HIV testing (court-ordered): WFHC provides court-ordered HIV testing and sessions for $55.


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Immunizations:
WFHC’s Shots for Tots & Teens Program, in partnership with Saint John’s Health Center, provides the recommended immunizations 4-3-1-3-3 (4 DTaP, 3 polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 hepatitis B). WFHC is part of the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), California's statewide immunization registry network. This secure, web-based system is used by doctors and other health care providers to maintain the immunization information of their patients. This helps WFHC ensure that pediatric patients are up to date on all recommended vaccinations.

Lead poisoning screening: Lead can cause learning and behavior problems in children. WFHC screens children for lead poisoning and shows parents and caregivers steps you can take to protect your family from lead poisoning.

Male Health Services: WFHC’s Reproductive Health Services includes male-focused family planning and services that target and treat the common conditions that affect men including diagnosis and treatment for urological conditions, sexually transmitted disease and sexual dysfunction.

Mammograms: A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. The results are recorded on X-ray film or directly into a computer for examination by a radiologist. Mammograms are held at WFHC the first Thursday of the month.


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Man Up:
Man Up is an HIV risk reduction program for gay men 18 years and older with an emphasis on peer education. The program includes educational support groups.

Mother-Infant Parenting Classes:
The Mother-Infant Parenting Class is for mothers and infants six weeks to 18 months.  The class is a great opportunity to build a support network by connecting with other moms.  We discuss all the important topics including sleep, feeding, bonding and development. We also focus on what kind of parent you want to be. How has a new baby changed your identity and relationships? You will build confidence in your ability to read and respond to baby's cues and help baby thrive! We have fun singing songs and encouraging baby's development with different toys and activities. Come share your parenting struggles and joys in a stress-free environment with other moms who know just what you're going through. The weekly 90-munite classes, conducted in English and in Spanish, are free.

Nutrition counseling: Whether you are young or older, a healthy diet can help protect you from heart disease, bone loss, colorectal cancer, obesity and diabetes. If you eat a healthy diet and exercise, you can keep your body strong and fit. Nutrition counseling is available to all patients, including prenatal, pediatric and Healthy Aging.

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Outreach, Community/Corporate:
WFHC currently works with nonprofit organizations and companies to provide healthcare services for clients, customers and employees, including TB tests, flu shots, and employee and volunteer physicals. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how we can work with you to bring health care and health education to your organization or company.

Outreach, School: WFHC’s peer providers conduct the Peer Health Educator Training and educational presentations in public and private schools. These programs provide much-needed information on birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence, self-esteem, responsible decision-making, and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how we can work with you to bring health care and health education to your students and faculty.

Outreach, Street: WFHC’s outreach team conducts formal and informal health-related educational presentations at public venues, including day labor sites, throughout Los Angeles. Topics include birth control, STDs, reproductive anatomy, and chronic condition management.


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Pediatric Care:
Strong Start, our pediatric program, is part of our continuum of care that begins with Blooming Babies, our prenatal program. Study after study shows that it is never too early to develop healthy habits. At WFHC we provide parents, caregivers and their children with the needed tools. We offer sick-child exams and well-child checkups, school-readiness physicals and recommended immunizations 4-3-1-3-3 (4 DTaP, 3 polio, 1 MMR, 3 Hib, 3 hepatitis B). We provide screenings for lead poisoning, hearing and vision.

Pediatric and Family Literacy: WFHC is part of a national partnership with Reach Out and Read. We provide books for children, ages birth to 5 years at their well-child visits, while local contributions have allowed us to extend our literacy program to all our pediatric patients up to age 10. We also provide literacy resources for families.

PHET: WFHC’s Peer Health Educator Training (PHET) is a six-session, in-school program for youth that contains information about HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission methods, prevention strategies, behavior modification, peer education, leadership, substance abuse, presentation skills, domestic violence and birth control. The trainings are offered quarterly in public and private schools and each session lasts two hours. WFHC offers the PHET at middle and high schools within Santa Monica-Malibu United School District and Los Angeles Unified School District, including alternative and continuation schools. The group setting is also extremely valuable because it creates a forum where at-risk youth can meet other adolescents to discuss risk reduction techniques, thereby creating a new peer group that is interested in incorporating positive risk reduction behaviors in their lifestyles. Graduates of PHET are eligible to apply for a paid position as a peer educator at WFHC when one becomes available or receive information about other peer educator job opportunities in the community. They are also eligible to volunteer with WFHC outreach staff members.

Pregnancy testing: All pregnancy tests work by detecting a certain hormone in the urine or blood that is only there when a woman is pregnant. Both blood pregnancy testing and urine pregnancy testing are available at WFHC.

Prenatal Care: Blooming Babies is our often recognized prenatal program and is part of our continuum of quality care that includes our Strong Start pediatric program. Studies show the earlier you seek prenatal care, the better your chances for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Expectant mothers receive high quality care from the very beginning of their pregnancy. Services include medical and psychosocial evaluations, follow-up visits with certified nurse-midwives and health educators, as well as standard prenatal lab work. And in the weeks leading up to delivery, we offer childbirth preparation classes, complete with individualized attention and goal-setting. All classes and services are offered in English and Spanish, and following delivery we will assist you with breastfeeding and any other issues that arise with having a new baby.


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Tuberculosis Screening:
WFHC conducts TB skin testing to find out if you have been exposed to the TB bacteria.

Vision Screening: Half of all blindness can be prevented. A vision screening does not replace an eye doctor's exam, but it can help identify people who are at risk for eye disease. If you are age 65 or older, you should have your eyes checked every 1 to 2 years. People with diabetes should have their eyes checked more often. Healthy eyes and vision are very important to a child’s development too. Schedule an eye exam for your child and learn how to protect and help develop your child’s vision.

VYBE Clinic for Youth: This health clinic called VYBE (Visions for Youth Becoming Empowered) is conducted for youth at area high schools. The clinic is a comfortable environment where youth can discuss confidential matters and receive health services from a WFHC provider who is sensitive to the needs and concerns of youth.

Women’s Health: Women’s health care has long been the cornerstone of Westside Family Health Center. We target and treat the conditions that affect girls and women. Our program offers family planning and gynecological services including pregnancy tests, pap smears, mammograms, colposcopy, birth control methods, emergency contraception, sexually transmitted disease screening including one on one counseling and treatment, and anonymous and confidential HIV counseling and testing. We also offer services for menopausal women—you might no longer be using birth control, but it is still important to keep an eye on your health.


Sources: National Women's Health Information Center, Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and www.healthfinder.gov.

Westside Family Health Center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n). Westside Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center receiving partial support for uncompensated care and other services under the 330(e) Community Health Centers and other grant programs of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.