Together we are Common Ground
We’re the only HIV agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. We’re committed to helping everyone know their HIV status and we make sure that people living with the virus find—and stay connected to—medical care.
Common Ground is a part of Venice Family Clinic, a community health center that offers quality health care to people in need.
We’re unique. Small, effective and responsive to our community’s needs, we provide an evolving mix of services which help make the Westside of Los Angeles a healthier place. Founded as an HIV agency, we continue to provide testing, services and prevention designed to end the HIV epidemic. But we also host a weekly buprenorphine clinic, offer syringe exchange and offer testing for Hepatitis C and STD’s. Together, our small team’s making a big difference.
Our Mission: Common Ground fights HIV and associated diseases by mobilizing the passion, support and expertise of our community.
Our History: Common Ground (first known as the Santa Monica AIDS Project) was founded in 1992. Originally an information and schools education project, the organization added direct services in 1994, becoming the only provider of mental health support and case management on the Westside of Los Angeles for people living with HIV.
In 1998, as new medications offered the possibility of a longer life, Common Ground launched the first HIV specialty clinic in our neighborhood. Housed at Venice Family Clinic (our long-standing community partner), the Westside Partners program provides state of the art medical support to hundreds of people who – without this service – would not have local access to life-sustaining medications. Common Ground provides supportive services which ensure that some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens stay connected to medical care and live longer, healthier lives.
Today, Common Ground is considered a model for the effective provision of harm reduction services. In addition to direct care, we provide HIV, STD and Hepatitis C testing, a syringe exchange program, a weekly buprenorphine clinic, education and prevention outreach and a drop-in lounge.
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