Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) to Invest $100,000 in Minority, Women-owned Practices and Physician Practices Serving Communities of Color

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Successful COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative Poised to Help Practices Needing Help with PPEs, Resources, Technology Thanks to Partnership with Patient Care Foundation and LACMA Districts

Los Angeles, CA – June 16, 2020 -- After a successful COVID 19 Rapid Response effort that helped more than 400 medical practices in need with $100,000 in grants and telemedicine subsidies, the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) announced today that it will launch a new $100,000 effort to support additional practices. These practices include those that are minority or women owned, or serve communities of color, thanks to the generous support from the Patient Care Foundation (PCF) in the form of a “match” of $25,000 to $25,000 from LACMA. LACMA Districts will also help practices in their local districts with a $50,000 contribution.

“As we enter the fourth month of the pandemic, small medical practices are still suffering supply shortages, economic challenges, staffing issues and a lack of centralized resources to help them reopen. These problems have hit particularly hard women and minority owned practices, and those that serve communities of color, and LACMA is proud to partner with the PCF to help these physician practices so that we can preserve much needed access to care,” said Sion Roy, MD, president of LACMA.

Roy went on to say, “It’s also incredible that our Districts, which represent nearly every community in the region, have collectively joined our efforts to help local practices in this time of need in every part of our county.”

Dr. Troy Elander, chairman of the Patient Care Foundation said, “ PCF is proud to make a difference in the lives of struggling physicians and their practices due to the pandemic and economic downturn and its exciting for us impact the acquisition of much needed supplies and resources,” Elander said.

Specifically, the LACMA District contribution will help support practices in need via two PPE distribution events this Summer.  The LACMA and PCF contributions will help minority owned and women owned practices, and practices in communities of color, that need help to reopen, rehire staff and invest in technology.

LACMA is an organization of dedicated physicians who advocate quality healthcare for all patients and serve the professional needs of its members.  The group serves to represent its professional members in public policy, government relations, and community relations. The organization was founded in 1871 and is a constituent of the California Medical Association (CMA).  LACMA, together with CMA physicians, strives to preserve and protect the noble pursuit of healthcare delivery.

The Patient Care Foundation is the charitable arm of LACMA that serves as a link between physicians and the community.  It champions community opportunities and has a tremendous commitment to impact the quality of life of all patients in Los Angeles County by expanding the pool of medical professionals who attend to underserved populations. During these turbulent times, when access to healthcare is of great concern to citizens, having more doctors in these disadvantaged communities is a trop priority for both PCF and LACMA.

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If you are a minority or woman-owned practice or your practice serves communities of color and is interested in financial support from LACMA, please complete the registration form.

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