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Health Center at the Union Rescue Mission


About the Health Center, URM

We are very proud that our work at the URM is featured in the UC Health community impact brochure.

The UCLA School of Nursing has received a generous grant from the Ahmanson Foundation for After-hours Pediatric Nursing Services for Sheltered Families at the Union Rescue Mission and Hope Gardens.  The funds will cover equipment, supplies, and technology for the expansion of much needed after-hours care, parenting instruction, and rapid assessments of the increasing number of homeless families.  Read the Press Release.

For 30 years, the UCLA School of Nursing Health Clinic has provided primary health care services to the homeless and indigent population on Skid Row.  The Health Clinic is a nurse-managed facility at the Union Rescue Mission - one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States.  Licensed by the state as a Community Health Center, the Health Clinic is devoted to caring for the primary medical needs of homeless adults, children and the elderly.  It is also the only shelter-based health clinic in the city that provides health care for women and children.  Last year, the Health Clinic provided comprehensive medical services to just over 3,700 members of the homeless community with a total of 10,876 patient visits.  It is a remarkable place and our nurses are doing amazing work!


The Center manages both acute and chronic illnesses.  Patients are seen for appointments and as walk-ins for a wide variety of health care services including primary care management of respiratory, gastrointestinal and dermatologic conditions.  Health education, case management, medications, diagnostic services and preventive health care services are also provided. The Center is open 5 days per week from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.



The Health Center is part of the National Health Care for the Homeless Program funded primarily by the Bureau of Primary Health Care.  Medications and supplies are provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, while the School of Nursing and the Union Rescue Mission provide cost sharing benefits including space, maintenance, utilities, data management, administration and fund management.

The need for care in the Skid Row area is high, and additional funding opportunities are being explored to increase the number of medical encounters at the Center.



The Center's patient population is approximately 63.6% male and 36.4% female.

Ethnicity is as follows:
White 11.1%
Black 60.83%
Hispanic 25.45%
Other 2.62%
Age distribution as follows:
Under 1 0.1%
1-4 4.5%
5-12 6.1%
13-14 1%
15-19 0.9%
20-24 4.1%
25-44 40.3%
45-64 39.7%
65-74 2.2%
75-84 0.3%
85+ 0.1% 

Opportunities to Help

The Center welcomes individuals who wish to volunteer particularly medical personnel.  Tax deductible contributions are ideal and can meet many needs.  Checks can be made payable to the UCLA Foundation and mailed to the School of Nursing's Development office at:

Department of Development and Alumni Relations
UCLA School of Nursing
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 590
Los Angeles, CA  90024

Give to the UCLA School of Nursing Health Center at Union Rescue Mission. 


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