UCLA Health is more than just a collection of hospitals and clinics. We are an engaged member of our broader community, and we take our responsibility for community service very seriously. Whether it is our medical students providing basic healthcare to homeless on the streets of Hollywood, caring for servicemembers injured in war or our expert physicians and staff traveling to all parts of the globe to render aid, UCLA Health is about serving people with dignity and respect.
Nurse run Union Rescue Mission; Helping people in LA
The links below highlight some of our recent work in the community.
UCLA medical students help 'connect' uninsured to health care
Taking blood pressure readings at health fairs was not exactly Caleb Wilson's idea of connecting with patients. A second-year medical student at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, he wanted to do more. "What can medical students do to make a real difference?" he asked. His response to that question is making a big difference to the Southern California community that he and other UCLA medical students are currently serving. Read More >
Dr. Oz Spotlights Life-Saving Community Outreach
The nationally syndicated Dr. Oz show aired a two-part Nov. 23 profile of a woman who attended Los Angeles' CareNow free health clinic, where UCLA medical volunteers diagnosed her with advanced breast cancer. UCLA Health System agreed to provide her follow-up care at no cost. Dr. Patrick Dowling, chair of family medicine; Dr. Sara Hurvitz, assistant clinical professor of hematology/oncology; and Dr. Nova Foster, associate clinical professor of general surgery; were interviewed.
Community Impact: Nurse-run clinics
The University of California has ramped up its efforts to help address a nursing shortage, including establishing a nursing school at UC Davis and expanding nursing education classes at UC Irvine. Meanwhile, UC nurse practitioners serve on the front lines, delivering compassionate care to the community at three nurse-run clinics involving UC Irvine, UCLA and UCSF. Read More >
Corner Store Makeover
As part of a project designed to reduce cardiovascular disease risk among Latinos in East Los Angeles, the UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities' "Corner Store Makeover in East L.A.," converted a corner store to offer healthier food choices.
UCLA Medical Providers Help at CareNow/LA Clinic
Scores of UCLA physicians, dentists and ophthalmologists volunteered at the CareNow/LA clinic providing free health care to nearly 5,000 uninsured and underinsured people. Read More >
UCLA Mobile Clinic Project
For 10 years, students with the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project have been taking it to the streets, putting up their makeshift M.A.S.H. every Wednesday evening near the same street corner. Read More >
UCLA Mobile Clinic Project benefits both sides of the clipboards
UCLA mobile clinic fosters students' skills and compassion as they care for needy patients. Read more >
Operation Medical Libraries - UCLA Gets Medical Texts to War Zones
UCLA RAM Clinic in Los Angeles
UCLA volunteers bring free medical care to thousands
UCLA Operation Mend
Visit the Operation Mend Website
UCLA Breathmoblie delivers care to kids with asthma
Doctors Across Borders
UCLA doctors battle the HIV/AIDS epidemic on local and global fronts