And so it began
Crenshaw Health Partners was founded in December 2013 by a small group of entrepreneur-thinking individuals, several who were members of the same church. Soon after its formation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Covered California came into existence. Since Crenshaw Health Partners had not established its own nonprofit status at that time, its board members made an agreement with Los Angeles Third Church of Spiritual Living for the church to serve as our fiscal sponsor. As a result of this agreement, Crenshaw Health Partners was accepted by Covered California to participate in its Navigator Grant Program.
June 2014, Crenshaw Health Partners opened its enrollment center in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall in Los Angeles, California. Providing free assistance to consumers interested in receiving healthcare coverage, our Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) navigates through the various health plans with consumers and enrolls them into their chosen plan. We also conduct lectures and workshops throughout Los Angeles in our efforts to improve health literacy.
“Dr. Payne’s House Calls”, led by Dr. Brownell Payne, was our lecture series program that provided health-related information to the community. He was also one of founders of the original Crenshaw Health Partners who brought me to the organization.
Effective March 2019, Crenshaw Health Partners was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its same objectives and mission. On July 1, 2019, our separation from the church became effective. Please note that we are not an insurance agency.
Holding true to our mission, “to provide information, education and access to quality healthcare for our community”, being a Covered California Navigator serves as an extension of our outreach and education efforts for the sake of our mission.