The first half of the new decade was a busy one for some of our programs benefiting children. A health center on the campus of Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar opened in 2000. In 2001, the NEVHC Maclay Health Center for Children opened on the campus of Maclay Middle School in Pacoima. The Reach Out and Read literacy program was launched at four of our primary care sites in 2003.
In 2004, NEVHC received the “Mission Impact Award” from the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC). In 2005, NEVHC received great news when the L.A. County Board of Supervisors proclaimed NEVHC as one of the top two nonprofit cervical cancer screening providers in the county, and in 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited NEVHC’s North Hollywood WIC clinic to announce a Children’s Health expansion effort.
Groundbreaking for the new Sun Valley Health Center at Sun Valley Middle School began in 2006. This new health center was made possible by a special collaborative that included LAUSD, LAC-DHS, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and NEVHC. The new Sun Valley Health Center officially opened in 2008.
During this decade, NEVHC underwent additional re-accreditation surveys three times (2002, 2005, 2008) and continues to be Joint Commission accredited. Nationwide, only about 5% of community health centers have become Joint Commission accredited; NEVHC is truly part of an elite group of Community Health Centers.