Entering the front door to South Bay Children’s Health Center I was warmly welcomed by Rachel Green, Director of Mental Health Programs. It was quite simple to see, from her enthusiasm and her knowledge, that Rachel loves her job. As we toured the facility, I admired colorful paintings, inspirational murals and handcrafted office decorations.
In 1947, South Bay Children’s Health Center was created in response to concerns from the community for the health of local children living on low and moderate incomes with poor access to health services. Inspired and supported by the local PTA and other members of the community, the organization began as a dental clinic under the auspices of the Community Chest.
South Bay Children’s Health Center has been located in Old Torrance since the mid-1970’s. Following a renovation in 2012, the facility provides a spacious reception area, private therapy rooms and offices. “We are passionate about working with all organizations in the greater Los Angeles County to provide dental, mental health and counseling services for our community. With our partners we continuously work on strategic and effective solutions to provide optimal health care to our communities,” stated Anne Walton, Executive Director.
Community partners include, but are not limited to, Beach Cities Health District, Torrance Unified School District, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Volunteers of America, Pediatric Therapy Network, Toberman Neighborhood Center, Los Angeles County Probation Department, City of El Segundo, Hermosa Beach School District, Hermosa Beach Police Department and the Department of Mental Health.
“South Bay Children’s Health Center (SBCHC) is a longtime community partner of Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN). Twice a year, SBCHC spends a day at PTN and offers free dental screenings to our clients who are two months to 5 years of age. These free exams especially benefit the families of our Early Head Start program that serves low-income families who reside in the Torrance and Harbor Gateway communities.,” stated Heather McGuire, Pediatric Therapy Network.
The programs offered by the South Bay Children’s Health Center are multi-pronged. The Dental Programs are community based oral health outreach programs providing screenings of young people at risk of dental decay and educating participants and their families on how to improve oral health. The Child Guidance Clinic provides psychotherapy and counseling for children with emotional or behavioral challenges offering out-patient, and in-home mental health services.
The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce is proud that South Bay Children’s Health Center is an active member. The quality of services that they provide are needed for the community.