Antelope Valley Community Clinic
- June 1, 2016
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AVCC’s history is one of collaboration starting in the mid-1990s when the United Way, local school districts, Antelope Valley College and the Visiting Nurse Association worked together to address the poor immunization rates and access to health care for children in the service area. The Care-A-Van Mobile Health Clinic was born in 1995 and over the course of the next ten years served 16 rural communities and about 3,000 patients a year. The Mobile Clinic could only address a small portion of the needs of the growing uninsured and under-insured populations. In 1999 at a United Way meeting, a County representative stated that the County couldn’t address the growing needs of the community and if the community wanted more services residents were going to have to band together and find a way to get more services themselves.
In 2000, the current AVCC CEO wrote and was awarded a California Endowment Partnership for The Public’s Health grant that created Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH). AVPH members included Partners in Care Foundation (who operated the Care-A-Van), United Way, Antelope Valley Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, LA County Public Health, Mental Health America, local school districts, other health and mental health organizations, and concerned residents. AVPH’s mission is to serve as a catalyst that enhances community health, wellness and quality of life through a collaboration of residents, agencies and faith-based and government organizations.
AVPH in 2005 initiated the “The Community Clinic Advisory Task Force” which assessed community needs and then developed a plan to address the critical problem of health access. The same partners that helped create the Care-A-Van Mobile Clinic in 1995 and AVPH, which incorporated in 2004 gave birth to Antelope Valley Community Clinic, which was incorporated in 2007.
AVCC’s rapid growth in facilities and patients is largely due to our continued collaborative relationships with community organizations and referral sources. AVCC works with a large network of partners to make the most of the scarce community resources and provide access to health care, basic needs and supportive services for our patients.
Over the year, we have added a Pain Management Program a Comprehensive Diabetes Prevention and Education Program and Dermatology. In 2016 through early 2017 we will be adding a new 6,000 sf Clinic in East Palmdale that will expand our Primary Care, Urgent Care and Mental Health Services in a greatly underserved area. With a $500,000 Grant from HRSA as well as other funders we will acquire the remaining 26,000 sq ft of our main Health and Wellness Center and more than double the number of exam rooms from about 35 to 70 while adding critical care coordination service, pre-natal care, expanded dental services and additional Staff and Community Training and Education facilities. James Cook CEO stated: “In 2009 the AVCC Board of Directors set forth a 5 year Strategic Plan to create a 50,000 Health and Wellness Center that would provide State of the Art, comprehensive, coordinated health care services to the underserved in our Community.” In just about 7 years from the date of incorporation, AVCC has gone from 1 clinic and 3,200 visits in 2008 to 4 clinics and 110,000 visits with 210 employees and 32 providers.