Our mission is to show God’s love by providing quality, comprehensive healthcare to the homeless and underserved.
Dr. Lisa Abdishoo accepted the President and CEO position effective December 2012, having worked at LACHC for 14 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and graduated from the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine. She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she worked with underserved communities at various community clinic locations, including LACHC’s Joshua House. In 1999, she officially joined the staff as Medical Director, and since that time, has worked in a variety of leadership roles, including serving as the founding executive director of the clinic when it became an independent 501(c)(3) in 2004 and received health center grant funding. As President and CEO today, she oversees all day-to-day operations of the organization, including clinical and administrative services. Dr. Abdishoo also maintains direct patient care at LACHC’s Joshua House and Pico Aliso sites, and maintains board certification in Internal Medicine.
Dr. White joined LACHC in August 2009 as a family practice doctor at the east LA/Pico Aliso site. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and attended Williams College in Massachusetts. She graduated from UC San Diego School of Medicine in 1997 and completed a Masters of Public Health at San Diego State University in 1997. She did her residency in Family Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center from 1997-2000 and is board certified in Family Practice. Dr. Katy has been working with inner city underserved populations since 2000, at South Central Family Health Center from 2000-2007, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in Compton from 2007-2009, and currently at LACHC. Fall 2008 through Spring 2013 she served on the Board of Directors for Christian Community Health Fellowship, a national organization which educates, encourages and equips Christians to live out the gospel through health care among the poor. She served as chairperson of that board for 2 years (2010- Fall 2012). Dr. Katy is passionate about seeing more faith-based clinics birthed in Compton, South LA and throughout the Los Angeles area. For fun, she loves to spend time with her husband and 2 kids, playing tennis, and running—even marathons.
Emmanuel Parakati joined the LACHC Executive team as Chief Financial Officer in May 2019. Since 2015 he served as CEO/CFO at Health To Hope Clinics (dba Urban Community Action Projects) in Riverside, CA. Emmanuel has many years of experience as an Executive in healthcare and manufacturing in the U.S. and taught undergraduate and graduate business courses at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA and Trinity International, Deerfield, IL. He received his MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Loyola University Chicago and MEd (Master of Education). He attended Bible School in Germany and received a Diploma in Biblical Studies. He published “Compliance & Operations Guide for Federally Qualified Health Centers” which is designed to educate and equip health center leaders to increase the profitability, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of health centers. He served Rotary International as a Board Member and enjoys helping the poor and homeless. His hobbies are photography, videography, jogging, traveling, publishing and likes investing in the film and fashion industries. He enjoys fundraising for nonprofits and was involved in many fundraising events to help raise funds for the homeless and poor. His favorite quotes are: “Do good and great things will happen,” and “Treat others like how we treat ourselves.” (Mark 12:31).
Bettina Lewis joined the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers in 2006 as the Executive Assistant to the President & Chief Executive Officer. Her diverse skills and background are a true asset for accomplishing the goals and objective of expanding LACHC’s programs and services to address the needs of the community. Bettina holds a Master of Business Administration and Certification in Health Care Management. She loves reading, spending time with her family and being an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
Renee joined the LACHC team in the fall of 2014 and shares more than 20-years’ experience in fundraising, communications and public relations. She is responsible for fundraising activities and events targeting individuals and corporate sponsors. Renee also handles all LACHC owned media, publications and press inquiries. Renee will complete a Master’s in Public Relations from California Baptist University soon and holds a B.A in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington D.C. She is a wife, mother and active President of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is also a member of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. She considers her work in fundraising and public relations a critical ministry supporting God’s work.
Medical services, started by the Los Angeles Mission, served as the forerunner to LACHC. The initial services included HIV-AIDS prevention services administered by registered nurses.
Our organization develops further to respond to the medical crisis facing thousands of homeless people living in Skid Row. Through a teaching partnership with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Department of Internal Medicine, we expanded services to include full primary medical care.
We gain a home: a single-room “crack-house” hotel built in 1913, which was obtained by to the Los Angeles Mission and converted into a medical clinic and transitional housing facility. Within a year, the Joshua House Clinic became licensed to offer medical, dental and chiropractic care in partnership with Cedars Sinai as well as the Korean American Christian Dental Mission and Cleveland Chiropractic College.
We hold the inaugural Foot Washing and Foot Care event on 5th Street, washing the feet of more than 200 homeless individuals and offering them minor podiatric care to relieve painful calluses and treat infections. Our guests and volunteers embrace the experience enthusiastically, spurring us to schedule two events annually.
Joshua House Clinic staff grows from six to 14 and increases patients served with the help of more than 50 volunteers.
We separate from Los Angeles Mission to focus solely on the provision of health care and earn Federally Qualified Health Center Designation. With new federal funding available, we’re able to expand clinic services to meet the enormous needs in our community.
Joshua House pilots an innovative medical outreach program. A medical provider and medical assistant team equipped with suitcases of medications and supplies delivers full medical services to people trying to survive at numerous shelters, waiting at drop-in centers and living on street corners.
We introduce behavioral health and social work services at Joshua House Clinic and launch optometry services run by volunteers using generous donations of equipment and glasses.
The clinic takes on the name of Los Angeles Christian Health Centers. With federal funding awarded to our medical outreach program, three full-time provider teams begin to serve nine sites in Skid Row and Boyle Heights weekly. LACHC then expands program to Watts.
LACHC opens Pico Aliso Clinic on 4th Street in Boyle Heights, providing pediatric and adult services to the Pico Gardens and Aliso Courts public housing projects, as well as the Dolores Mission Guadalupe Homeless Project and the surrounding community.
LACHC launches electronic health records at all clinic sites. Our behavioral health program expands as Joshua House Clinic and Pico Aliso become training sites for graduate students in psychology as well as marriage and family therapy from numerous schools, including Fuller, Pepperdine, Biola/Rosemead, Cal State Los Angeles, Alliant and others.
LACHC expands behavioral health integration again through significant partnerships. We collaborate with Exodus Recovery to start up two integrated medical-mental health teams operating at three sites as well as on the streets, thanks to funding from the Mental Health Service Act’s “Innovation” program. An alliance with mental health organization Telecare Inc. leads to the opening of two LACHC sites serving individuals with severe mental illness, including state parolees.
LACHC’s Pico Aliso Clinic receives Patient Centered Medical Home designation from the National Center for Quality Assurance.
LACHC serves nearly 10,000 individuals during more than 45,000 medical, dental, and mental health encounters. New Dental Clinic for children and adults debuts at LACHC’s Pico Aliso Clinic.
With increasing demand for care at Joshua House Clinic – and the facility bursting at the seams – LACHC moves its administrative offices off site. This allows for the creation of six new medical exam rooms, three new mental health and social work rooms, one additional dental operatory and an insurance enrollment office.
Partnership is a vital part of our innovative approach. Delivering our best to patients requires an eclectic assembly of organizations and individuals. Academic partners, satellite clinic site hosts, community non-profits, coalitions, funders, contributors and volunteer health professionals are the vital to our effectiveness.
Academic Partnerships provide an opportunity to expose health professional trainees to the world of community-based health care. We teach students and residents from the following programs:
Cal State La
Cedars Sinai Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program
Fuller Theological Seminary
Glendale Adventist Family Medicine Residency Program
Keck USC Medical School Physician Assistant Program
Mount St. Mary’s Nursing School
Touro University Physician Assistant Program