LA Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan celebrate new Community Resource Center in Wilmington


The ribbon cutting ceremony includes the unveiling of Wilmington’s largest mural by local artist Miranda Villanueva and the launch of the Kindness Rocks Project

LOS ANGELES, October 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – LA Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan are hosting a long-awaited opening ceremony today to inaugurate their Community Resource Center in Wilmingtonwhich was opened to the public in early July. The new website is the latest addition to the jointly operated Community Resource Centers Health Plans, which aims to keep members and the community active, healthy, and informed.

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At 13,000 square feet, the Wilmington Community Resource Center is located at 911 N. Avalon Blvd. the largest in the network. This location is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers select services, including connection to social services, free WiFi for private telemedicine consultations, doctor registration assistance – and customer care for LA Care and Blue Shield Promise members. A wide range of personal fitness and health education courses will resume once they are identified as safe by public health officials overseeing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The delta surge may have delayed our grand opening, but it will become our commitment to serving the Wilmington Community “said John Baackes, CEO of LA Care. “We are excited to be here offering valuable health and social services and resources at a time when they are most needed. And best of all, they are free to the entire community. “

One of the newest services in the Community Resource Center in Wilmington includes a weekly pantry where everyone is welcome to collect free groceries. This pantry is open on Mondays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“At a time when community members may face additional stress from this pandemic, we are excited to open another jointly operated Community Resource Center with LA Care,” said Kristen Cerf, President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. “We strive to be a resource and an advocate for addressing the social needs that lead to positive outcomes that affect the health of the communities we serve.”

The cutting of the ribbon shows the grand reveal of a community-inspired mural painted by a South Bay mural painter on the outside of the Community Resource Center Miranda Villanueva. The 135 square meters of this mural are the largest work of art in Wilmington. Villanueva, whose mission is to connect the community through murals, actively teaches young women to realize their full potential as artists through a program called Posas – short for. – exhaust it Mariposaswhich means butterflies in Spanish.

In addition, the Community Resource Center is launching its own Kindness Rocks Project, which is part of an international initiative aimed at cultivating connections within communities and uplifting individuals through simple acts of kindness. The Community Resource Center worked with the youth of the Boys and Girls Club of. together Wilmington, Wilmington Teen Center and Dual Immersion Foundation to paint inspirational words or pictures on rocks that will be placed in a garden outside the facility where anyone can pick up or leave a rock.

To learn more about the Community Resource Centers, please visit

About the LA Care Health Plan
LA Care Health Plan serves more than 2.3 million members in Los Angeles Districtwhich makes it the largest publicly operated health plan in the country. LA Care offers four health insurance plans including Medi-Cal, LA Care Covered â„¢, LA Care Cal MediConnect and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Plan, all of which are designed to be accountable and responsive to members. As a public agency, LA Care’s mission is to provide LA County’s vulnerable and low-income communities with access to quality health care and to support the safety net necessary to achieve this goal. LA Care prioritizes quality, access, and inclusion, and improves health care across LA County. For more information, visit or follow us Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Via Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan is a managed care organization wholly owned by Blue Shield of. is located California, offers Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect. It is led by health professionals with a “member-first” philosophy and is committed to building a quality network of providers and working with community organizations for more than 400,000 members. For more information on the Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, please visit For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit Or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

Media contacts:
LA Care health plan
Penny Griego
(310) 613-8309
[email protected]

Blue Shield Promise Health Plan
Olga Gallardo
(323) 537-6346
[email protected]



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