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About CHC

Who We Are

A non-profit, community-based health promotion and policy organization based in Los Angeles.

For more than twenty years, Community Health Councils (CHC) has led efforts to eliminate disparities in health by expanding coverage, increasing access to healthcare, and improving the environment in areas with inadequate resources for health living.

CHC engages, supports, and gives voice to marginalized, low-income and under-served populations through coalition building and community mobilization. Our dynamic network of coalitions is composed of neighborhood leaders, consumer advocates, healthcare, social services, educational and faith-based organizations serving communities in Los Angeles, across California and the US.

Our work has addressed key policy questions such as:

  • Health reform
  • Public reporting on the quality of healthcare
  • Preserving the healthcare safety net
  • Tobacco and air quality control
  • Regulation of urban oil drilling
  • Expanding walking, biking, and public transportation options
  • Increased parks and open spaces
  • A diversity of resources for fresh, wholesome food.

CHC's mission is to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources to improve the health of underserved populations.

 

What We Do

CHC's four policy areas work through coalitions and community advisory groups to improve health, eliminate disparities, and achieve health equity.

CHC utilizes data coupled with the knowledge, experience and expertise of consumers and community organizations to shape and develop policy and systems change. CHC's policy advocacy is grounded by the coalitions and the community-based initiatives that form the foundation of our work. A series of community interventions provides constant input to identify issues, assess community needs and formulate policy recommendations to transform the conditions in which people live.  Our coalitions and programs fall under four policy areas:

Environmental Health reduces environmental risks by addressing issues related to transportation, vacant lots, open spaces, brownfields, oil drilling, air quality, and smoking.

Healthcare Coverage is dedicated to ensuring all Californians have healthcare coverage by eliminating barriers to applying for, using, and retaining health coverage.

Healthcare Systems works to preserve and improve access to, and the quality of, the healthcare safety net.

Nutrition Resources champions a healthier lifestyle by improving the quality and expanding access to fresh, wholesome food.

 

How We Work

CHC Actively engages communities and strengthens the connections among organizations to achieve a shared vision of healthy, informed, and proactive consumers.

Our coalitions work through community-driven processes to achieve policy, systems, and environmental change. Through these collaborative efforts, CHC:

  • Conducts community-driven research and assessment to identify the needs of neighborhoods
  • Researches and develops community-centered policy recommendations to improve health and health equity
  • Disseminates data and recommendations to inform and engage stakeholders and aid in the development of local initiatives
  • Builds relationships among policymakers, resource providers, and community organizations
  • Provides training and data analysis to manage, develop, and redirect resources to respond to the health needs of diverse communities.

 

Funders

The work of Community Health Councils has been made possible through the generous donations of our funders.

This growing support has enabled CHC to play an ever-increasing leadership role at the local, state and federal levels.

  • Annenberg Foundation
  • California Community Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • California Health Benefit Exchange
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • California WIC Foundation
  • Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • First 5 LA
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Liberty Hill Foundation
  • Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Children's Health Outreach Initiatives
  • Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation