COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:

Know Your Basics

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, community events are currently on hold. Find a variety of tools for virtual learning, flu shots and limited in person screenings below.

Know Your Basics: Free Flu Shots, Screenings and Education

South LA residents can now get free flu shots, a community at high risk of a “twin-demic” of COVID-19 and the flu. 

Thursdays: at MLK Community Health Building parking lot in Willowbrook

When: Every Thursday 9am-2pm
Address: Medical Office Building- Wilmington Clinic Parking Lot

12021 Wilmington Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90059 (Corner of East 120th and S. Wilmington Avenue on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital  campus)

  • Get free health screenings and learn important health information at our new Medical Office Building. See Details below.
    • Numbers: Blood pressure, blood glucose (sugar), Body mass index (BMI)
    • Learn about hypertension, diabetes, obesity, COVID-19 and the flu
  • We can also help you sign up for health insurance, find a family physician or a specialist, register to vote, and complete the census. 
  • LA County is also offering walk-up COVID-19 testing.

Fridays: at Boys and Girls Club of Watts (flu shots only)

When: Every Thursday 1pm-4pm

Address: Boys and Girls Club of Watts

1339 E 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059

    COVID-19 resources

    • COVID-19 Information and Prevention Guide: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science have partnered to produce this booklet that provides tips to help prevent virus spread. 
      • Download the PDF below
    • Mia COVID-19 virtual assistant: 
      • Find Mia on the lower right-hand corner of this page and on every page of our website. Mia can answer questions, screens for symptoms and guides users to appropriate care.
    • Visit our dedicated COVID-19 website for short videos, tips, resources and more.

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    Just a few numbers tell you a lot:

    Body mass index icon

    Body mass index (BMI) lets you know if you are a healthy weight

    Cholesterol icon

    Cholesterol helps you understand if you are at risk for heart disease

    Blood sugar icon

    Blood sugar (glucose) helps you know if you are at risk for diabetes or if you have diabetes

    Blood pressure icon

    Blood pressure helps manage a condition which could lead to heart attack or stroke

    What can I expect at a Know Your Basics event?

    You can expect friendly volunteers who will offer to take your blood pressure, measure your blood sugar, and check your body mass index.

    A volunteer will record your numbers in a Know Your Basics booklet that you can  take with you at the end of your screening. The booklet also has information on health insurance and nearby medical clinics.

    Our volunteers are usually Spanish-speaking. You can expect us to protect your privacy and to treat you with respect.


    Why is it important to know my health numbers?

    Why is it important to know your blood pressure rate, your blood sugar, and other important health numbers? Because these numbers can tell you if your heart is working too hard, or if you are at risk of diabetes.

    If you know your risks, you can take steps to reduce them through medications or through healthy diet and exercise. The Know Your Basics team will be happy to connect you with great resources in the community that can help!