Central Neighborhood Health Foundation (CNHF) is a full-service Medicare-certified healthcare provider with access points in Los Angeles & San Bernardino counties. Founded by Bassett H. Brown, MD in 1967, our guiding principle for nearly five decades has been the efficient and effective delivery of culturally competent care to our patient community. We believe in partnering with our patients to achieve the best possible health outcomes based on individual lifestyle needs.
Our clinics provide care in medically underserved areas (MUAs) in Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire, where patient populations endure disproportionate physical suffering and premature death. These realities of medical privation have persisted for far too long despite the best intentions and efforts of both government agencies and healthcare organizations and providers.
Now, after nearly five decades of community service, CNHF has resources available to support and expand its ongoing efforts to change this dynamic permanently. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, implementation of the Affordable Care Act has paved the way for us to make important strides in reversing negative health status trends and reducing many of the health disparities that plague our neighborhoods.
Today, more than 210,000 people call the City of Fontana home. Fontana’s low crime rate, affordable housing, diversity, and below average unemployment rate has made the city one of the fastest growing in California and a trendsetter in San Bernardino County. Despite the city’s rapid growth, Fontana still maintains a hometown atmosphere. Temperate southern California weather allows the City to host festivals, parades and walks/races throughout the year (including the Fontana Days Half Marathon, considered the fastest half-marathon course in the world).
Fontana is particularly proud of its numerous cultural, sporting, and recreational opportunities, including those offered by Center Stage Theater, the Art Depot, the Auto Club Speedway, 59 sports fields, 36 parks, Pacific Electric Trail, highly acclaimed sports and recreation facilities, and the state-of-the-art Lewis Library and Technology Center. The Center is an iconic landmark within the City – offering the largest collection and library space in all of San Bernardino County, as well as hundreds of computer workstations, a career center, literacy center, homework clubs and tutoring, meeting rooms, and a large auditorium.
Fontana is located in the Inland Empire which is a metropolitan area and region in Southern California. A generally broader definition will include eastern Los Angeles County cities in the Pomona Valley, and/or the desert community of Palm Springs as well as its surrounding area; a much larger definition will include all of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
The Inland Empire is an area approximately 60 miles from north to south and some 50 miles wide. It spans Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The area is surrounded by mountain ranges and hills on all sides, with only a few natural passes to Los Angeles and Orange County to the West. San Diego County lies to the South and Palm Springs to the East. The natural beauty of the mountain rim on 320 degrees of the horizon is punctuated by a vertical elevation of over 10,000 feet in at least four places. The Inland Empire is perhaps the only place in the United States where you are 45 minutes from ski slopes and 45 minutes from the beach; during some times of the year, the weather allows both skiing and ocean swimming on the same day! The Inland Empire offers many outdoor sports such as snowboarding, motorcycling, biking, racing, and four-wheeling.
The eastern pass to the low desert climbs to 1600 feet, with 10,000 ft.-plus peaks on both sides of Interstate 10. Most notable are Mt. San Jacinto Peak to the south and San Gorgonio and San Bernardino peaks to the north. The elevation range makes the topography very interesting and creates climatic ranges from near desert to alpine, with oak trees and conifer forests just a few minutes’ drive up on the famous Rim of the World highway. The San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and San Jacinto mountain ranges catch the precipitation that is missed in the lower valleys, which has created canyons with steep walls and wide level valleys.
People have been attracted to the natural wonders of the area for two hundred years and continue to enjoy the natural amenities today in every conceivable way. With a rich history, natural wealth, and a robust economy, the Inland Empire is an area full of surprises.
Major cities include San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ontario, served by the Ontario International Airport. Smaller but substantial cities include Rancho Cucamonga, Montclair, Pomona, Redlands, Corona, and others.