Rural Health Disparities Program

Laura Berumen: Rural Health Disparities Program DirectorCRLA’s Rural Health Disparities Program (RHDP) aims to increase meaningful access to quality health care for California’s poor rural communities.  The program provides legal advocacy to those facing barriers to health coverage and/or necessary medical services.  The program’s current focus is to increase culturally and linguistically appropriate community education on the Affordable Care Act.

Health Care Consumer Center of the Imperial Valley:

A major component of CRLA’s Rural Health Disparities Program is providing health consumer assistance to Imperial County residents through our El Centro office.   CRLA’s El Centro office is part of the Health Consumer Alliance, a network of community-based organizations providing direct legal services to low-income clients to helping them gain and/or maintain health insurance. The center also provides legal advocacy regarding access to essential medical services.