Nonprofit spotlight: UMMA Community Clinic


An UMMA health fair. |

Intersection’s Nonprofit Spotlight series profiles South L.A. organizations that are propelling positive change in South L.A. 

Once called the University Muslim Medical Association, the organization known today as the UMMA Community Clinic (“umma” means “community” in Arabic) has been in South L.A. for nearly 20 years now. With its main clinic located just a couple of blocks east of the spot where truck driver Reginald Denny was beaten during the 1992 L.A. Riots and a second location at Fremont High School, UMMA has become part of the fabric of the community. [Read more…]

South LA health resources still in crticial condition


South L.A.’s Umma Clinic | Shaleeka Powell

South Los Angeles has one of the most medically underserved populations in the country and lacks basic and vital health resources, even with the help of a handful of new clinics and the recent rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Residents disproportionately lack high quality, accessible, affordable and comprehensive primary and preventive health care services, argues a petition from the South Los Angeles Health and Human Rights Coalition. The area’s mostly Latino and Black families earn a median income of roughly $35,000 a year, making healthcare costs a challenge. And undocumented immigrants, who make up about 40 percent of South L.A.’s uninsured, cannot sign up for coverage under Obamacare.

A handful of clinics, such as Umma Community Clinic, have stepped forward to help fill the gap. [Read more…]