AltaMed Anniversary 50

Celebrating 50 Years of Working to Build Healthier Communities

From the humblest of beginnings, we've worked with world-class health providers, community activists, and visionary leaders to create a community health network that truly represents those we serve.

 
1969
East LA Barrio Free Clinic opens
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1970
A death galvanizes the movement

Chicano college students and Brown Berets continue to lead anti-war demonstrations around the country. On August 29, police break up a march with more than 20,000 participants in East LA.

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1972
East LA Barrio Free Clinic becomes La Clinica Familiar del Barrio
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1977
Cástulo de la Rocha joins the mission

Cástulo de la Rocha joins La Clinica Familiar del Barrio for a three-month assignment. He is one of the clinic’s first paid employees.

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1982
First Adult Day Health Care Center opens
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1986
AltaMed is born
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1986
Second clinic opens in Pico Rivera
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1986
First million-dollar grant
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1987
Subtance abuse and HIV services added

We win a contract for a substance abuse treatment program, which includes funding for HIV services.

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1993
HIV testing mobile unit rolls out
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1996
AltaMed PACE debuts
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1997
Mobile health unit launches
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2002
CMS approves AltaMed PACE status
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2005
Partnership with CHLA
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2006
A growing presence in East LA
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2008
Now serving Orange County
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2008
IPA network launches
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2009
Orange County expansion
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2011
Recognition from the Joint Commission

We receive a Primary Care Medical Home designation from the Joint Commission. Certification is about patient-centered care and focuses on educating patients on self-management.

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2012
AltaMed PACE network grows

California cuts ADHC funding and replaces ADHC with Community-Based Adult Services.

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2013
Covered California

In response to the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act and the 2013 launch of Covered California, we open two Health Insurance Resource Centers in Commerce and Santa Ana.

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2016
Protection for the most vulnerable

We champion the historic Health for All Kids Act (SB4).

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2017
Leveling the playing field

We effectively eliminate disparities in the areas of breast cancer screening, adolescent immunizations, and A1c and retinal screenings 

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2018
A groundbreaking art experience

We launch Building Bridges: Chicano/Mexican Art from Los Angeles to Mexico City, the first leg of what will be a traveling exhibit of Chicano and Mexican art from the AltaMed Art Collection.

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2019
Expanding reach, offerings, and opportunities
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2019
An employment milestone
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