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SFCHC Receives $275,000 in Funding from the L.A. Care Health Plan

San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) proudly announces two grants totaling $275,000 from the L.A. Care Health Plan, an organization providing the most vulnerable residents and communities of Los Angeles County access to quality health coverage.
Sep 16th, 2023

SFCHC Receives $2 Million to Open Satellite Clinic

Thanks to the vision and leadership of Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley), San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) has been awarded $2 million in state funding to open a satellite healthcare clinic in Panorama City serving those in need.
Sep 6th, 2023

Program Spotlight: Mobile Medical Services

Thanks to funding provided by Providence Health Services, SFCHC is launching a new Mobile Medical Services program this fall to directly serve unhoused individuals in our service area.
Aug 10th, 2023

National Health Center Week 2023

AUGUST 6–12, 2023 -- Community Health Centers are not just healers, we are innovators who look beyond medical charts to address the factors that may cause poor health
Aug 7th, 2023


To help increase access to dental care in underserved communities, L.A. Care Health Plan is granting $1.5 million to 15 facilities that can help. SFCHC will use its share of the funding to help kindergarten students receive important oral health screenings
Mar 29th, 2023

Health for the Whole Family

Your family: you love them, you’d do anything for them (even on days when they take too long in the bathroom), and if they were in trouble, you’d drop everything to help them.  At SFCHC, there’s a way to make caring for them even easier: with checkups.
Mar 28th, 2023

You Can Beat a Common Cancer – and SFCHC Can Help

You have plans for the future and people who need you. Don’t let cancer get in the way. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, but it can be prevented. The earlier you take action, the more effective treatment will be.
Feb 27th, 2023

This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Heart Some Love

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day when we think about the people we love.  But are you one of them?  Don’t forget to take care of yourself: February is also American Heart Month.  Protect your heart health, especially by preventing hypertension.
Feb 14th, 2023

SFCHC’s LaVida Care Program

Our program provides access to free STI, STD, HIV testing and prevention in a safe and supportive environment. Patients receive medications that protect or fight against HIV infection, which can allow them to stay healthy for many years.
Jan 17th, 2023

Five Great Reasons to Schedule Your Next Mammogram Today

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Yet a third of women over forty haven’t had a screening in the past two years. If one of these women is you, you can visit San Fernando Community Health Center to change that.
Nov 22nd, 2022

Better to Prevent Now, Than to Cure Later

When it comes to improving the health of individuals and communities, education is key. Health education is more than improving people’s access to information. It empowers them to actively manage their own health and well-being. 
Oct 19th, 2022

Fun Local Events: Fri Oct 28th & Sat Oct 29th

The team at SFCHC is focused on the health and well-being of the whole community. So we're getting the word out to everyone to attend a fun local multi-day event in the City of San Fernando. Run/Walk. Vendors. Entertainment. Plan to attend! 
Oct 16th, 2022

Behavior Healthcare: First Aid for Your Feelings

It’s extremely important in stressful times like these to monitor your mental health. Our behaviors are often rooted in emotions and feelings. And negative news and thoughts can trigger feelings that begin to express themselves in our bodies.
Oct 16th, 2022

Healthy Moms Have Healthier Babies

Healthy women are the foundation of healthy families and communities. Safeguarding the physical, mental and economic well-being of women is essential to all those around them, especially their children.
Oct 4th, 2022

SFCHC's Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

SFCHC’s diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs provide individuals and families the tools and information they need to recognize the symptoms of diabetes, make healthy lifestyle changes and manage their care from home.
Sep 30th, 2022

Sexual Health: The Risk Is Not Knowing

Most people, when asked to name methods of HIV prevention, might only be able to come up with one: “Use a condom.”  But there are several ways someone can protect themselves.  This year, San Fernando Community Health Centers are expanding our care services
Aug 30th, 2022

SFCHC's Behavioral Health Program

Loneliness, underlying trauma, substance dependence, food and housing insecurity, and financial worries are all stressors that may lead to anxiety and depression. Too often, mental health issues go untreated and individuals struggling with these conditions
Jul 9th, 2022

Dental Checkups: Because a Great Smile Needs Strong Teeth

You use your teeth for everything: to chew food, to finish thread, to say the letter “t”.  Doesn’t it make sense to take care of them? The risk of Covid-19 may have gotten you off-track with dental checkups, yet it’s safe to come back to our dental clinic.
Jul 2nd, 2022

You Manage Everything. You Can Manage Your Health, Too

You do it all.  You find sneakers and fill prescriptions, pack lunches and prep for job interviews.  You juggle the world and make it look easy.  And with SFCHC here to back you up, you can manage your health, too, throughout your lifetime.
May 27th, 2022

Anxious About Post-Pandemic Life? Take Things at Your Own Pace

COVID-19 and other concerns have caused children and adults to experience a record level of stress. While anxiety, fear, sadness and exhaustion are responses when living through a major threat or trauma, mental health issues should never be taken lightly.
Apr 30th, 2022

Keep Your Kids Healthy and in School

With the highly transmissible Omicron variant disrupting classrooms across the nation, the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect children against severe disease and hospitalization. However, pediatric vaccination rates are alarmingly low
Feb 20th, 2022

Seek the Care You Need, Even in the Pandemic's Latest Surge

With COVID-19 cases surging across the nation, the number of intensive care unit and emergency room beds is diminishing at many hospitals. A high level of virus-related admissions is causing certain elective surgeries to be canceled or delayed.
Sep 20th, 2021

Without Immunizations, Their Backpacks Might as Well Be Empty

Kids’ needs are like their clothes: as soon as they have what fits, they grow and need something different.  This is also true for immunizations, but SFCHC can help keep your child on schedule and protected from illness – and you from missing work.
Sep 19th, 2021

Holy Cross Medical Center awards $150,000 grant to SFCHC

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center presented a $150,000 grant to the San Fernando Community Health Center (SFCHC) to provide state-of-the-art healthcare services, prevention, and education to patients in its under-served San Fernando Valley service area.
Sep 13th, 2021

How Do We Love Our Patients?  Let Us Count the Ways

National Health Center Week is an annual event spreading awareness about the mission and achievements of health centers across the country.  San Fernando Community Health Center participates this August with a Patient Appreciation Day on Wednesday the 11th
Aug 11th, 2021

Fall 2021: Getting Students Back to School Safely

As California schools plan to reopen in August, many are concerned about how to best protect the health and safety of students and their families. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers in-person learning a high priority...
Jul 28th, 2021

Meet Our Board of Directors: Dr. Annette Besnilian

Dr. Annette Besnilian is Executive Director of the Marilyn Magaram Center at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She has been a valued member of the SFCHC Board of Directors since 2019.
Aug 10th, 2023

Team Member Spotlight: Christian Orellana

When it comes to going the extra mile, Christian Orellana leads the way. In 2017, he joined SFCHC as a student intern and, within a year, was promoted to the position of medical coder and revenue cycle specialist with the Revenue Cycle Management team.
Apr 7th, 2023

Team Member Spotlight: Erika Castro

Erika Castro, Payroll and Human Resources Assistant, joined SFCHC in 2018 as a dental receptionist and is deeply passionate about helping patients with financial hardships receive the care they need.
Jan 17th, 2023

Meet Our Board of Directors: Martin L. Adams

Martin L. Adams, General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), is dedicated to delivering essential utility services to the residents of Los Angeles.
Jan 17th, 2023

Team Member Spotlight: Andre Basmadzyhan

Dr. Andre Basmadzyhan, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, joined SFCHC as a board-eligible Family Medicine Physician in 2020 and was appointed Chief Medical Officer last May.
Sep 30th, 2022

Team Member Spotlight: Anastasia Williams

Dr. Williams is a Board-Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and specializes in diagnosing and treating a broad range of childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.
Jul 9th, 2022

Team Member Spotlight: Armen Okunyan

Armen specializes in providing a wide range of services to patients of all ages, including pediatrics, geriatrics, wound care, chronic care and hospital discharge.
Jul 8th, 2022

Meet Our Board of Directors: Louise Oliver

Louise Oliver, Valley Operations Officer for Goodwill Southern California, has dedicated her life and career to serving the community through her strong support of numerous non-profit organizations.
Jul 8th, 2022

The Party Crashers: Hypertension and Diabetes

On its own, diabetes is a treatable, manageable disease.  Like an uninvited guest at a dinner party, it’s an unwelcome surprise, but not one you can’t handle.  It’s when that uninvited guest brings all of its hard-partying friends that you have a problem.
Feb 4th, 2022

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.
Dec 23rd, 2020

FCC grant information:

San Fernando Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the Northeast San Fernando Valley is pleased to announce that we have received notice on July 21, 2020 that the Health Center was awarded an FCC grant of $112,244.00.
Aug 10th, 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month El mes de octubre es el mes de concientización sobre el cáncer de mama
Oct 17th, 2019

Smile, It is Time to Shine

October is oral health month. Here are some simple things you can do to make your smile shine. Octubre es el mes de la salud buccal. Estas son unas cosas que puedes hacer para que tu sonrisa brille.
Oct 7th, 2019

Reducing Obesity Rates in Children

Healthy eating and plenty of exercise can ensure that a child has a long, healthy life. Una alimentación saludable y mucho ejercicio pueden garantizar que un niño tenga una vida larga y saludable.
Oct 2nd, 2019

Flu Season is Here, Get Vaccinated

Flu season is from October to February and there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself and your family, but first, it is important to know about the flu. LA TEMPORADA DE GRIPE ESTÁ AQUÍ, VACÚNESE Aprenda mas sobre la gripe.
Sep 25th, 2019

SFCHC Oral Health Award

SFCHC is the proud recipient of funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to expand our oral health care!
Mar 20th, 2019


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