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In South LA, the doctor might not be in, but the nurse will be

by Jose Martinez | Take Two®

Simmi Gandhi is a nurse practitioner at the UMMA Clinic in South Los Angeles. This clinic and others like it are relying more on the skills of its nursing staff as the growing number of patients strains the ratio between caregivers and those in need of medical attention. Christopher Okula/KPCC

Many residents of South L.A struggle with chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure but don't know how to deal with them. While they need a doctor's care, its often difficult to find one at community clinics, leaving the bulk of the care administered by another type of healthcare worker: nurses. KPCC's Jose Martinez reports.

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