Healthcare enrollment for former Ujima Village residents

The Department of Health Services (DHS) recently held an outreach and healthcare enrollment event for former residents of the Ujima Village housing complex in Willowbrook. The evening event was a follow-up to the well-attended community meeting with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas last November. During that meeting, held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health, some residents asserted that they suffered from ailments and conditions that began during their residency at Ujima Village, but that they lacked the means to obtain medical examinations.

In response to their concerns, the Supervisor arranged to have 450 of the complex’s former residents invited to the public health center, where DHS representatives screened them for eligibility in Los Angeles County’s program for low-income residents, Healthy Way LA.

Healthy Way LA provides access to primary and specialty care, mental health services, prescription medications, and urgent care to residents who meet income guidelines; the chart below outlines eligibility requirements for the program.

About 20 people accepted the invitation and earlier this month received free one-on-one consultations and assistance in applying for health care coverage. Also, clients were screened for other public assistance programs such as CalFresh, the federally-funded nutrition assistance program, and Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. With each Healthy Way LA enrollment, residents receive the health care they need and deserve and the Second District becomes a healthier community. For questions about the program or to enroll, please visit www.ladhs.org/hwla or call 1-877-333-4952.

Hydraulic fracking study for the Inglewood Oil Field underway

In response to community concerns about the potential use of hydraulic fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field, Plains Exploration and Production Co. (PXP) has commissioned an independent study of the feasibility of hydraulic fracking in the oil field.

Hydraulic Fracking, the use of high pressure water injection to extract oil, historically has not been a process used to drill at the Inglewood Oil Field. Nonetheless, after residents and community groups sued PXP and the County of Los Angeles over health, noise, and air quality concerns generated by drilling, the oil company agreed to conduct the study as part of a settlement reached last July.  The Department of Regional Planning will also conduct an independent review of the study.

In March, representatives from PXP, the Department of Regional Planning, and California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, provided an overview to community stakeholders on how the study will be completed and responded to questions.

The study is expected to be completed this summer.

To receive updates on future meetings related to hydraulic fracking, please contact Karly Katona at kkatona@bos.lacounty.gov.