History

East Barrio Free Clinic to AltaMed Health Services

1969 1977 1982 1986 1991 1998 2000s 2011 2012 2013 2014
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AltaMed is founded

AltaMed is founded as the East Barrio Free Clinic. East Los Angeles Barrio Free Clinic established on Whittier Boulevard. AltaMed becomes a Community Health Center under Urban Health Initiative funding.

April 30, 1969
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CEO Càstulo Rocha

Current CEO Càstulo de la Rocha is hired for a three-month temporary assignment as one of three paid staff members

Jan 1977
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Health Services

AltaMed opens first Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) in California. Center started in the basement of a small church across from Obregon Park in East Los Angele. AltaMed is awarded contract for Substance Abuse Treatment program (methadone) including funding for HIV services

1982
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Expansion

The East Barrio Free Clinic changes its name to AltaMed Health Services. A second clinic is opened in Pico Rivera, Slauson Plaza. AltaMed’s corporate office opens in City of Commerce. Senior services incorporate PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Multi-Purpose Senior Services (MSSP) established with grant of over $1 million dollars making it the largest grant ever received by AltaMed up until this date

1986
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Corporate Office

AltaMed’s corporate office opens in City of Commerce

1991
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PACE

Senior services incorporate PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)

1998
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More Expansion

14 medical sites are added through East L.A. and North Orange counties

2000s
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PCMH

AltaMed becomes first in the nation to receive the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation, meaning we identify, access and coordinate medical and non-medical services for all patients.

2011
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Sin Vergüenza

Sin Vergüenza, AltaMed’s web series raising HIV awareness in the Latino community, premiers at World AIDS Day

2012
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Additional Services

Clinics add several services, including on-site Pharmacy, Obesity Prevention and Lactation Services

2013
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Mobile Unit

AltaMed Medical and Dental Mobile Unit provides more access to care, on the go

2014