Our History


As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit healthcare facility, NECC has provided primary healthcare services to the low-income residents of Los Angeles County since 1971, creating a wide range of influence on the health and well-being of the people it serves.

Mission Statement

Northeast Community Clinic’s mission is to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare in a culturally sensitive and linguistically competent manner to low-income, underserved, and indigent patients in the communities of the Los Angeles region, regardless of financial status.

About Us

NECC provides a continuum of comprehensive healthcare through the promotion of health and disease prevention, education and coordination of services to medically underserved and uninsured populations of Los Angeles, regardless of financial status. As a premier provider for the Affordable Care Act we are committed to tailoring our services to the healthcare needs of our patients.

Our Early Days

In 1971, NECC opened its first clinic as one of Los Angeles County’s original “free-clinics” in Highland Park. Its purpose was to address problems of access to quality medical care for indigent residents of Los Angeles.

In 1989, NECC began providing immunizations to children in the Northeast area of Los Angeles through a contract with the City of Los Angeles. Today, thousands of immunizations are provided by the Los Angeles County (Department of Health Services) immunization program.

FQHC Designation

In 1994, NECC was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC) Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), United States Department of Health and Human Services.

In 1995, NECC became a safety net provider through the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program ensuring medical services to the high risk, indigent and uninsured population of Los Angeles County.

In 1997, NECC expanded its medical services by providing mobile medical service to patients without access to primary care clinics through a State of California Department of Health Services grant.

In 2002, NECC became a Strategic Partner of L.A. County; the initiative was designed to reduce the County’s operating cost by shifting patients from hospitals to community based clinics that would provide primary care and disease management services.

NECC Expands its Service Coverage

In 2003, NECC acquired two additional sites located in the South Los Angeles cities of Bell and Huntington Park, bridging the gap in medical services left by Community Health Foundation of East Los Angeles.

In 2005, continuing a period of remarkable growth, NECC added five health centers to its network. Two new Wilmington community health centers opened and helped transition St. Mary’s Hospital of its outpatient clinics. Three more were acquired from California Hospital. These locations include the California Family Care (Downtown Los Angeles), Foshay Clinic- a school based health center (Exposition Park), and Clinica Para Las Mujeres (historic South-Central Los Angeles).

In 2006, to help meet the overwhelming demand for prenatal care at the Highland Park site NECC opened the Women’s Health Center (WHC). With the closing of Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in South Central LA, NECC became the medical home for many displaced patients, stabilizing the highly volatile health system of a large, uninsured population. WHC’s introduction marked the first time a clinic focused on women’s health needs had ever opened in Northeast Los Angeles.

In 2007, NECC opened the Women’s Wellness Center (WWC), operated within California Family Care, to address an observed increase in prenatal patients seeking care in the Downtown community. This consolidated care model allowed families to access general medical care, pediatrics, women’s health, and family planning all at one location.

In 2009, NECC received a federal grant support to expand access to care at the Wilmington locations. This important award also granted NECC Section 330 status as a full fledged FQHC. Continuing expansion, NECC acquired two facilities divested by La Vida Medical Group. These facilities become NECC Grand in downtown Los Angeles and NECC Hawthorne in the city of Hawthorne.

In 2010, NECC initiated a Geriatric Care Program in response to the rapidly aging population. Hallmarks of the program included bone density screening to determine risk for osteoporosis and retinopathy screening through a program called EyePACS, in collaboration with the University of California.

In 2011, NECC, along with federal support acquired the new, larger facility signifying a commitment to the local community. In addition, NECC acquired and opened Elizabeth Health Center (EHC), continuing a successful partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). EHC became the very first LAUSD school-based Wellness Center.

In 2012, NECC received a generous grant from L.A. Care for the integration of Behavioral Mental Health with comprehensive care at NECC Hawthorne. The purpose was to increase our capacity to serve adults with complex medical and social needs including seniors and people with disabilities.

Also in 2012, another grant given by L.A. Care was used to implement a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) meant to replace episodic care with coordinated, long-term care provided by a personal physician-led healthcare team. This model offers patients access to a primary care provider who can deliver continuous and comprehensive care.

In 2013, NECC acquired Harbor City Health Center from Providence Little Company of Mary, marking its 12th clinic. In addition OB/GYN services have been added to NECC Hawthorne site to meet the demand for women’s services.

Opening of Highland Park Clinic coming soon in September 2017.

In January 2016, NECC opened HC 103 adjacent to Harbor City Health Center in order to provide more access to care in the South Bay. This was soon followed by the expansion of services in the Downtown Los Angeles Area through the NECC – Diabetes Specialty Center and NECC – DTLA 380.

NECC closed out the year with a new location in the San Fernando Valley, Sun Valley Community Health Center. This allows the organization to continue to provide general medicine, pediatric, and women’s health centers west of its originating area.

Early 2017, NECC renovated Wilmington Family Health Center to accommodate its expansion to dental services as well as increased capacity for our medical services. 

NECC Today

NECC provides comprehensive primary care to over 45,000 patients annually, regardless of their ability to pay. The range of services include: pediatric, prenatal, family planning, adult general medicine, 24 hour emergency coverage through a physician on-call, and a myriad of social services including transportation, behavioral health, nutrition, health education, referrals to specialists and hospital in-patient care.

The establishment of these clinics has created a wider sway of influence on the health and well-being of the people NECC serves and has opened more doors of opportunity to meet its goals in its mission towards a healthier population.