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Hollywood Healthcare Partnership
We have long recognized the need to work with the very poor who were not connected to proper healthcare. The concept for the Hollywood Healthcare Partnership was developed in 2003 and the ministry was started in January 2004.
The vision for this health ministry is to provide comprehensive outreach to homeless and very-low income persons who need essential healthcare and social services but cannot access them due to a lack of resources and personal abilities for self-care, and to address their physical, emotional, mental,  and spiritual health needs. This is accomplished through a partnership of faith-based, government,  and non-profit organizations.
Partnership Members include: LA County-Hollywood Mental Health, QueensCare Health and Faith Partnership, Behavioral Health Services, LA County Health Department, Hunger Action Los Angeles, US Vets, Hollywood Community Action Network and First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.


This program meets on Wednesdays at FPCH at 10:30am.
We offer services to approximately 150 guests each week. These include:
  • Health services are offered through the QueensCare Parish Nurse, Brenda Cox and those who assist her on Wednesdays. She triages on average 20-25 clients. Volunteer assistance is provided by Judith Mendez, Colleen Cady, Phyllis Maske and Liz Smith. Vickie Bangle, chairperson of the Health Cabinet brings healthcare management experience and visioning skills to help with program development.
  • LA County Department of Mental Health provides a Clinical Psychologist on site and a mental health promoter. Adrienne Hament, one of the co-founders of the Partnership coordinates communication between partners and schedules and moderates partnership meetings.
  • LA County Health Department provides Public Health nurses, flu vaccines, public health education, and STD screening.
  • Behavioral Health Services provides addiction recovery programs in their Hollywood office.
  • Healthy diets are encouraged by serving fresh fruits at the ministry.
  • Low-impact exercise is provided for our guests twice a month and is led by a local exercise therapist.
  • Social Services are offered by Hollywood Community Action Network
  • Case management, needs assessment and crisis intervention is provided by the Director of DCM.
  • Transportation assistance in the form of bus tokens is provided by DCM.
  • Prayer and guidance is provided by the Director of DCM

We have seen a number of guests put their faith in Christ. We have guided them to become a part of Union Rescue Mission, a Christian full-service ministry to the homeless. As of 2010, Union Rescue Mission is a partner to the Wednesday Healthcare Partnership providing food weekly.

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