Angela lives in a Southern California suburb that has been historically low-income. She always dreamed of becoming a doctor so she could give back and serve her community. Sadly, because of her neighborhood’s socioeconomic status, she had to overcome many obstacles to achieve that goal. And now that she has finally reached her objective, she encounters another setback. There are too many patients for her to attend to, but not enough doctors in her community to care for each patient and improve her community’s overall health.
Angela’s experience is all too common. Physician shortages in low-income communities are an overwhelming strain to health care systems, patients and doctors alike. Clinically trained doctors have extremely limited resources when it comes to treating their diverse portfolio of patients. AltaMed Health Services is one of the largest nonprofit, federally qualified health centers (FQHC) in the U.S., serving over 300,000 individuals each year at more than 50 sites throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. This honorable work is accomplished with approximately 300 physicians. However, in order to fulfill the needs of our communities and provide individualized care and resources, we need more than double the current number of doctors.
Empowering medical residents to deliver culturally competent health care in a community-based health center ensures that others in communities similar to Angela’s receive the care they deserve.
Your support of AltaMed and our Family Medicine Residency Program propels our mission forward so that we can prepare the next generation of doctors. The program will continue our work to eradicate health care disparities and improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations throughout Southern California. To learn more about this program and our goal of growing a team of 700 physicians, please visit https://www.altamed.org/residency.
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