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Housing is Health: La Maestra Community Health Centers

Resource Topic: Promising/Best Practices

Resource Subtopic: Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships, Programs and Services.

Keywords: Access to Care, Housing, Migrants, Persons Experiencing Homelessness, Residents of Public Housing.

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Online Self-Paced Learning Modules.

Primary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: As part of our Access to Care series, our coverage continues with a special focus on housing and health.

Resource Details: In this episode, we speak with Zara Marselian and Javier Rodriguez from La Maestra Community Health Centers in San Diego. Zara Marselian is La Maestra’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Javier Rodriguez is the Chief Medical Officer. La Maestra is a Public Housing and Special Populations Federally Qualified Health Center that has 18 primary care sites operated by more than 600 staff and many volunteers. Each year, La Maestra provides services to more than 45,000 people, specializing in care for mainly immigrants, refugees, low-income individuals and the homeless. Throughout this episode, Zara and Javier highlight how La Maestra supports various housing needs ranging from programs for people living in public housing, experiencing homelessness, and human trafficking to counseling for renters and residents receiving public assistance.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit