Welcome to FHCCGLA

Our History

Our Los Angeles Roots

Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles, Inc. (FHCCGLA) has been making an impact on Southern California communities since 1925, when the organization opened its doors as The Mother’s Clinic in Los Angeles’ historic Bradbury Building. The Clinic’s founder, Dr. Henry Brainerd, was a champion of women’s health. Dr Brainerd and The Mother’s Clinic founding physicians hoped to foster a community where “every child is a wanted child,” and to become a trusted resource to women in Los Angeles for services ranging from birth control to prenatal, obstetric and pediatric care. The Mother’s Clinic was open to all in need of services, and no applicant was ever refused treatment. It was a safe haven where women could go to receive compassionate, supportive medical attention.


In 2009 Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles became a Federally Qualified Health Center, (FQHC) receiving direct support from the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care (part of the Health Resources Services Administration). FHCCGLA operates five clinics, the Bell Gardens Family Medical Center, Hawaiian Gardens Health Center, FHCCGLA Maywood Family Medical Center, FHCCGLA Downey Family Medical Center and the FHCCGLA School Based Health Center at the Bell Gardens High School. FHCCGLA provides comprehensive Primary Care, Dental, Optometry, Behavioral Health and Pharmacy for men, women, adolescents, and children. Our clinics operate as non-profit community health centers with a goal to provide high quality, coordinated, and complete primary care to uninsured and indigent residents of Greater Los Angeles.

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