Following Jesus to the Margins: Urban Health Care
Katy White MD
Synopsis - Following Jesus to the Margins: Urban Health Care
We will discuss Jesus’s call for us to live and work missionally as medical providers in the United States.
We will explore stories based on my own journey, which includes some international short term missions work, work in safety net clinics in urban Los Angeles, and service and leadership in a Christian clinic based out of the skid row neighborhood of Los Angeles. We will discuss ways to persevere, care for ourselves, love our neighbors (which include our work colleagues and our patients), and receive God’s love for us, amidst the challenges of a career in domestic health care missions.
I am a family practice physician serving as Chief Medical Officer at Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (LACHC), when I have been since 2009. LACHC is a federally qualified health center, which provides medical and other comprehensive services in Skid Row, Boyle Heights, and other parts of Los Angeles. Our mission is to follow Christ by loving our neighbors through comprehensive, quality healthcare.
I grew up in the Los Angeles area, attended Williams College in Massachusetts, medical and public health graduate school in San Diego, and family practice residency in Long Beach. I have worked in safety net community clinics my whole career/
I feel deeply called by God to serve in urban Los Angeles. I am inspired by the strength and resilience of our patients, and my colleagues, who willingly enter into the suffering of others. I also feel called to encourage and equip the next generation of health care professionals to follow Jesus to areas of greatest need, that we might love our neighbors actively and sacrificially.
I live in Long Beach, am married, my husband co-pastors a church in a diverse neighborhood of Long Beach. We have 2 young adult children. I enjoy jogging, hiking, and reading.