Our Community

South Los Angeles and offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the most urgent and fascinating health issues facing California and the nation.

Our Unique Community

Rich in community and resilient by necessity, South Los Angeles is a fascinating place to work. If your interest is medicine in the context of health equity, social justice, safety-net population, or immigrants health, South LA offers dramatic opportunities to change health and health care for the better.


For decades, South LA has suffered from racial, ethnic and socio-economic marginalization that resulted in some of the worst health outcomes in the state.  Learn about what MLK Community Healthcare is doing to change things for the better.

History of South LA.


South LA is a majority-Medicaid community in a state with the 48th-worst provider reimbursement rate in the nation.  Learn how MLKCH has innovated to rebalance the payment model and bring quality doctors to our community.

Read about our innovation in Medscape.


A long-standing lack of access to care has fostered a diabetes rate that is three times the state average, life expectancy that is ten years shorter and made diabetic amputation a top procedure at MLKCH.

Read this LA Times story about the effect of lack of access to care.

There is a need for a more diverse workforce that will treat Black and Brown people with the respect and compassion.

Dr. Linda Sharp, Faculty, Chair, Acute Care Services Committee; Chair, Bioethics Committee


Historically African American, South LA is now home to a majority working-class Latinx population.

See a snapshot of our population.


Decades without access to quality healthcare fostered a patient population with significant pre-existing conditions that made South LA an epicenter of Covid-19.

Read how MLKCH responded to the Covid-19 crisis.


Despite the obstacles, South LA is home to a rising movement of artists, entrepreneurs, advocates and social leaders with inspiring stories to tell.

Watch our “Dream Show” tribute to our amazing community.


In this brief video, hear from our leaders and our community about our vision for South LA and why we believe all safety-net communities deserve to be healed.

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