Los Angeles County (LAC) is no stranger to the complexities of public health initiatives. The county's post-war population growth and suburbanization had a profound effect on its healthcare system, with funding for hospitals shifting from the county to state and federal government sources, particularly Medicaid. This change was further compounded by the social and economic abandonment of south-central Los Angeles, culminating in the 1965 Watts riots. Today, LAC-USCMC patients are mostly poor and uninsured, and the county is about to open a new hospital to replace its 74-year-old facility.
This new facility will be smaller than the original, but will provide modern care for the indigent population. Over the past 20 years, the state has continually modified and realigned the amount it provides to Los Angeles County, as well as the funding sources that support state allocations. In order to ensure that all residents of Los Angeles County have access to quality healthcare, the county is taking a comprehensive approach to public health initiatives.
Walkingis one of the main focuses of these initiatives. The county is proposing to get more people to walk, make walking safer, and support health and activity.
To this end, they are providing a policy framework that includes funding for healthcare in public hospitals, as well as expectations to maintain the most recent level of care for the indigent. In addition, they are also working to improve safety for pedestrians by increasing enforcement of traffic laws and providing better infrastructure. Los Angeles County is also working to improve access to healthcare for its indigent population. This includes expanding employment-related private health insurance and building private hospitals to serve growing middle-class suburban communities. In addition, they are also providing financial assistance to help counties pay for healthcare for the indigent. Overall, Los Angeles County is taking a comprehensive approach to public health initiatives.
By taking these steps, they are helping to ensure that all residents of Los Angeles County have access to quality healthcare.