By Lindy Webb / La Maestra Community Health Centers
How is your health today? If you answered anything except “perfect,” La Maestra Community Health Centers in City Heights can help.
The nonprofit organization specializes in providing affordable health care and a host of other social services to underserved and ethnically diverse communities. Its name means “The Teacher” in Spanish because it believes that the basis for any social change and effective health care is education.
La Maestra’s main facility in City Heights is a newly-built, award-winning landmark at 4060 Fairmount Ave., between University and Polk avenues. This three-story building is distinguished by bold exterior colors, contemporary designs and cutting-edge green features.
The Fairmount Avenue center is a home to a host of programs, including: the Main Medical Clinic, Pediatric Unit, Women’s Clinic, Behavioral Health Services – Family Wellness Unit, Optometry, Community Pharmacy, Outreach & Eligibility Services, Housing and Community Development Center, Inc., Health Education Unit, and the MicroEnterprise, Job Development and Placement Center. The Main Medical Clinic is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (619) 280-4213 or visit www.lamaestra.org.
La Maestra helps low-income and uninsured patients apply for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and other government-subsidized programs to cover the cost of care. It also offers very low rates and payment plans to people who don’t qualify for insurance.
In addition to medical, dental, vision and mental health services, La Maestra has a pharmacy, laboratory, access to ultrasound imaging and a variety of specialties in City Heights. Its health educators teach residents how to manage their weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. Services also include pre- and post-natal care, breast and cervical cancer screening, family planning, senior specialty care, immunizations and pediatric care, individual therapy and support groups.
If you are new to the neighborhood, La Maestra can help you find education, job training and employment opportunities, safe affordable housing, transportation, food and other resources.
La Maestra has been serving City Heights for more than two decades. Many of its employees are from the community. The staff speaks more than 20 languages and understands cultural diversity.
Lindy Webb is the executive assistant at La Maestra Community Health Centers