When Miguel Anda, 52, walks into the AltaMed Health Clinic inside the Ramona Gardens housing complex, he is usually greeted with a warm hello and a long line of patients.
That’s because the on-site clinic at Ramona Gardens, one of three similar public housing clinics AltaMed runs—along with William Mead in Lincoln Heights and Estrada Courts in East L.A.— is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The healthcare non-profit offers an array of medical services, such as physicals, pediatric care, wellness care, as well as treatment for chronic conditions like dibetes, hypertenstion and high cholesterol.
As a physician assistant for AltaMed, Anda has been rotating shifts in these three areas for the last eight years. Although Anda admits servicing these communities hasn’t always been easy, he says he wouldn’t trade his job for any other.
Boyle Heights Beat spoke to Anda about his work at the on-site community clinic.
Read the interview at Boyle Heights Beat