For 50 years, Venice Family Clinic serves Angelenos who can’t afford basic healthcare

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A Venice Family Clinic doctor with a patient. Photo credit: Venice Family Clinic.

Fifty years ago, LA doctors Philip Rossman and Mayer Davidson realized that some people in their community couldn’t afford basic healthcare. So they borrowed a local dentist’s office in Venice and started treating patients there for free (after hours). 

A look back at the Venice Family Clinic in Venice, California. Credit: Venice Family Clinic. 

On its 50th anniversary, the Venice Family Clinic has grown to operate in 12 westside locations that serve nearly 28,000 patients a year.

We hear from CEO Elizabeth Forer, plus Dr. Michael Wilkes, who’s been volunteering there for many years and co-founded its teen clinic in 1998.