Our History

AltaMed Historical Sign La Clinica del Barrio


East Los Angeles Barrio Free Clinic established on Whittier Boulevard – April 30, 1969


AltaMed opens first Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) in California. This center started in the basement of a small church across from Obregon Park in East Los Angeles – 1982

AltaMed is awarded contract for Substance Abuse Treatment program (methadone) including funding for HIV services – 1987


HIV Mobile Unit donated in cooperation with East Valley Community Health Center and El Portal Latino. Alzheimer’s Program began – 1992


Initial Joint Commission Accreditation achieved - Behavioral Health – December 2000

In association with National Council of La Raza (NCLR), AltaMed launches Escalera, a programs that enables at-risk high school youth to graduate and go on to higher education – 2008

AltaMed partners with Community Care Health Centers in Orange County to merge five primary care and dental facilities with the AltaMed family – April 2008

Coinciding with its 40th Anniversary celebration, AltaMed announces acquisition of six additional facilities, five in Orange County and one in Los Angeles County – May 2009


AltaMed contracts with community-based primary care physicians to create the Independent Practice Association (IPA) to offer AltaMed patients a broader array or services – 2011

AltaMed opens new Corporate Headquarters in the City of Commerce – August 2011

AltaMed is the first in the nation to receive the Joint Commission Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation – August 2011

AltaMed expands services to include Behavioral Health, Obesity Prevention, Lactation Services, and Pharmacy – 2012-2013

AltaMed’s Sin Vergüenza web drama wins Imagen Award – August 2013

AltaMed receives 2013 CAPE Eureka Silver Award for Performance Excellence – December 2013

AltaMed is the Top Covered California Certified Enrollment Entity in the state – April 2014

My AltaMed Patient Portal, a secure website that gives you 24-hour access to your health information goes live – June 2014

AltaMed is the Top Certified Enrollment Entity for Covered California in the state – April 2015

We’ve been serving families and communities of Los Angeles and Orange counties for years. For more information on how you and your family can access quality care, call (877) 462-2582.