Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic is an enduring community partner with a dedication to promoting quality pediatric care, family advocacy, health collaboration, mentoring and education in a culturally relevant context.
Odessa Brown was born in Arkansas in 1920. During the Great Depression, Brown moved to Chicago and experienced some health problems, but she had difficulty obtaining the care she needed. At one visit to a Chicago area hospital, she was turned away and denied care. Brown reportedly said to the staff, "I am black and poor, but I will leave in peace so that I can keep my dignity."
Years later, at the height of the civil rights era, Brown was raising her four children in Seattle when she became a community organizer. She fought to bring quality healthcare with dignity to children in the Central District through a federally funded effort to solve inner-city problems by building "model neighborhoods.” Brown died of leukemia in 1969 at age 49. When the new children's clinic opened the next year, a thankful community named the clinic in her honor.
From that early beginning in 1970, when just one doctor delivered on Brown’s dream, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic has grown into a comprehensive facility with medical, dental, mental health and nutrition services that embrace patients and families in our community.
We’re growing! Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic is building a second location.
To help us meet the growing needs of the community, we are building a second OBCC location – a bigger, new clinic near the Othello Link light rail station in Southeast Seattle’s Rainier Valley. The clinic will be approximately 35,000 square feet to meet the wellness needs of the growing pediatric population in south Seattle and south King County and is projected to break ground in 2019.
Services at the Othello location will include pediatric medical care, mental health, dental services, nutrition, sports medicine, physical therapy and occupational therapy. The clinic will also be part of a unique urban community concept called Othello Square, a 3.2-acre site that will provide families with convenient access to services, such as a charter high school, an economic opportunity center, a computer lab, an early learning center, affordable retail and commercial spaces for rent, community meeting spaces and mixed-income housing for rent and ownership.
The original OBCC, located in the Central District, will be renovated to upgrade its clinical facilities and maintain its cultural heritage in the community. The clinic will continue to serve families in the Central District and adjacent neighborhoods, as well as communities to the north and west.