On Wednesday, I visited Health Access’ new offices in Los Angeles. We are on the other side of the freeway from downtown, on Wilshire, across the street from un centro medico (there’s an MRI trailer in the parking lot!). The new address:
Health Access California
Los Angeles Office
1930 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1210
Los Angeles, CA 90057
I like the neighborhood, a few blocks from MacArthur Park. I joined our staff to lunch at Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe, across the street from the park, which is also a nonprofit “neighborhood revitalization experience.” It’s also pretty yummy.
For many years, we had a small closet/office at El Mercado La Paloma, across the hall from ACORN and appreciated the community there. We were one of the first tenants, as one of the nonprofits housed above a community marketplace and eatery. But we needed more space, and now actually cohabitate with our friends at Latino Issues Forum. We are still setting up furniture, phones, and the other basics, so the main treat is the view.
Health Access is a small organization with not many staff, but has for much of its history maintained a office in Los Angeles–ground zero for the uninsured problem nationally. It’s just too important not to have somebody on the ground, with the population base of people (and voters), and the mix of health care issues, from the rates of uninsurance to the preservation of the public hospitals there. We’re happy to continue our commitment to Southern California.