L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan set to open their first jointly operated community resource center

L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan [Wednesday] invited community leaders to their first jointly operated Community Resource Center for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new center, which will open to the public early next month, is part of the $146 million commitment announced in September 2019 to jointly operate 14 such locations across Los Angeles County. The new resource center is located at 696 West Holt Avenue, in the heart of Pomona.


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The Community Resource Center in Pomona will offer a wide variety of exercise, nutrition and health management classes in a safe, fun and inclusive space for local residents at no cost. This is the first of seven new centers that will open in the coming years. Seven existing centers will be either renovated or moved to larger locations.

“The centers will offer services and resources to our members and the community that will keep them active, healthy and informed,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO. “Ultimately, the resource centers will help to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs over time.”

L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise will tailor programs to meet specific wellness needs in each community we serve. Through our community outreach representatives, on-site care managers, and community health workers, the health plans will provide tools and resources to meet local health needs, including preventive screenings.

The Community Resource Center in Pomona is a 12,000-square-foot facility, much larger than the existing centers, giving the health plans the space to accommodate community local organizations that will help connect visitors to much needed social resources.

“Beyond traditional health and wellness offerings, the centers will also offer personalized services to members from both plans, including on-site care management,” said Dr. Greg Buchert, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. “Our two plans have a long history working together, and this new collaboration will allow us to leverage our respective strengths for the benefit of everyone in the Pomona area who uses the centers.”

This press release was provided by L.A. Care.