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Photo 1The Los Angeles Harbor AHEC is located at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a non-profit biomedical research enterprise, training ground and provider of public health services to the underserved, and is affiliated with UCLA School of Medicine and the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Residency. The AHEC offers community medicine rotations for primary care residents and medical students; teaches health professions students to conduct health information programs within the harbor area community and high school clinics; teach medical residents to work as part of an interdisciplinary chronic care within community clinics and sponsor Kids into Health Careers programs at local high schools. LA Harbor AHEC partners with the East LA AHEC to sponsor a youth health careers conference for underserved high school students.

Photo 2Residents in the community-based Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine residency have a three-year curriculum designed to facilitate the development of knowledge, attitude, skills and behavior that assist them to become more effective family physicians by being sensitive to the needs of patients in the context of the community. Using a Community Oriented Primary Care Model, residents conduct and learn about community health analysis, cultural sensitivity, epidemiology, community activism, advocacy and intervention. In addition to inpatient rotations, residents experience patient care in FQHCs, school-based clinics, free clinics, needle exchange programs and soup kitchens. At least 50 percent of graduates go on to work or continue their education in underserved practice settings.

For more information, please contact the Center Director – Jyoti Puvvula MD,

Click here to view the Los Angeles Harbor AHEC Brochure.