UMMA Community Clinic is proud to announce that we opened our first school-based health center in June 2013. Our new clinic, situated on The John C. Fremont High School campus, is a milestone in UMMA’s history of continuing service to the South Los Angeles community.
The Fremont Wellness Center, includes a 1.5-acre community garden operated by UMMA’s partners, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. UMMA and the Land Trust will work together to promote healthy living and access to healthy food for the students and families of Fremont and help address the area’s health disparities and food desert conditions of South LA.
In 2009, Fremont was one of the most at-risk schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District; considered a health “hot spot”. The vast majority of its students live in low-income households, with more than 60 percent of the community’s residents living well below the poverty level. According to a report compiled by the LA Trust for Children’s’ Health, in a typical classroom of 30 students: 1 in 3 students is obese; 1 in 30 will develop Type 2 diabetes before graduation, and nearly 1 in 7 girls will contract a sexually transmitted disease before the age of 20. There was a significant at Fremont for accessible, comprehensive and adolescent friendly services.
To help combat these crippling statistics, UMMA’s Fremont Wellness Center provides a broad range of primary and preventive health care services, including men’s and women’s health services; voluntary family planning services (excluding abortion); and prenatal care. In addition, in partnership with Weber Community Center, we provide mental health and substance abuse services. Services are available to all community members as well as to the students of Fremont High School all schools within Fremont’s Zone of Choice.
LAUSD and the County of Los Angeles funded the construction of the approximately 2,800 square-foot, wellness center and of the 1.5-acre community garden site. L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest public health plan, and The California Endowment have both provided early support toward project implementation. UMMA’s partner Community Coalition also provided essential support in community organizing and was instrumental in ensuring Fremont HS would be the recipient of such a comprehensive health complex, as the Fremont Wellness Center; Community Garden.
This combined effort revitalizes an area that has been underutilized for many years. UMMA is excited to partner with such worthwhile organizations and is looking forward to significantly impacting the lives of those who deserve a healthy environment.