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Santa Monica’s Westside Family Health Center Celebrates 40 Years

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By Lookout Staff

January 14, 2014 -- Pull out the bell-bottoms and parachute pants and take a tour through the decades with Santa Monica’s Westside Family Health Center as the nonprofit celebrates 40 years of service.

Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) will celebrate its 40th anniversary of serving the health needs of low-income people in the bayside city and neighboring areas by reliving the last four decades.

 Santa Monica’s Le Meridien Delfina will host the Center’s 40th birthday bash where attendees will enjoy “dancing, drinks and food from the '70s, '80s, '90s and today,” officials said.

There will be dance exhibitions and lessons from “the Dance Doctor,” John Cassese.

At the event, WFHC also plan to recognize Zev Yaroslavsky, who is serving out his last year as 3rd District Los Angeles County Supervisor, a post he has held since 1994.

Yaroslavksy will receive ther “Outstanding Community Leader Award for his strong voice for the health of the underserved in Los Angeles County, allowing the Center to become instrumental in the health and well-being of so many over the years,” Center officials said.

While the event isn’t scheduled until March 15, those hoping to attend the fundraising event are encouraged to get tickets soon at wfhc.eventbrite.com.

Sponsorship and ads are also available through Molly Maher at mmaher@wfhcenter.org.

“Proceeds from the event are critically important to continuing WFHC’s five core health programs,” officials said.

Those five programs focus on prenatal care, men’s health, children’s health, women’s health and healthcare for patients in their teens to 24 years.

One cause for celebration at the birthday bash will be how much the Center has grown since it was founded in 1974 as the Women’s Health Care Project, officials said.

“Eventually, The Women's Health Care Project came to be known as the Westside Women’s Center and then expanded into what it is today--Westside Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center since 2007,” they said.

“Now, not only do they treat women, but men and children as well,” officials said. “Services include diagnosis, treatment, prevention and education in the areas of prenatal care, pediatric care, adolescent health care and a family practice program that includes a strong healthy aging component.”

And, in the upcoming decades, the Center hopes to grow even more.

“Future aspirations include owning its own clinic space and adding programs in mental health, dental and vision care,” officials said.

For community tours of the clinic, contact Development Director Celia Bernstein at cbernstein@wfhcenter.org or (310) 450-4773, ext. 253.

For more information about the Center or its upcoming birthday celebration, visit wfhcenter.org.


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