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Downtown Women's Health Center

Grantee Information

Downtown Women's Center
325 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-680-0600 (Phone)
213-680-0844 (Fax) Exit Disclaimer

The mission of the Downtown Women's Center is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community that fosters healthy life and personal stability.

Grant Project Information

Skid Row Health and Housing Collaborative
Lisa Watson


The Skid Row Health and Housing Collaborative project addresses diabetes, obesity and mental illness related outcomes among minority homeless or formerly homeless individuals on Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA. The Downtown Women's Center will create a continuum of medical and social supportive services for the target population who lack a home, experience difficulty adhering to a medical treatment plan and/or have a chronic disease that is not well-managed. To this end, the Downtown Women's Center will partner with JWCH Institute, Inc., Skid Row Housing Trust and the Lamp community to provide benefit enrollment assistance, mental health and substance abuse programs, housing assistance, case management and outreach to the target community. Additionally, program personnel will be trained on both minority and homeless cultural norms.

The intended outcomes of this project include increasing knowledge, skills and commitment to diabetes, obesity and mental health treatment and management, improving health outcomes among the participants, improving health behaviors, such as a healthier diet and more physical exercises, and greater access to health services. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, data will be collected on a range of performance measures, including the number of individuals with improved knowledge and awareness about diabetes, obesity and mental health, the amount and efficiency of funding brought into the community and the number of individuals receiving health referrals. Data will be regularly analyzed and collected through participant surveys, case management assessments and a participant tracking system.


  • Increased awareness, education and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

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