About CHC

Who We Are
For more than a decade, Community Health Councils has been at the forefront of advocacy to eliminate health disparities by expanding healthcare coverage, increasing  access to quality healthcare and improving the environment for under-resourced communities. 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.

What We Do
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 three policy areas:

Access & Quality of Healthcare coalitions mobilize community resources to improve the quality of healthcare services, strengthen the healthcare safety net, and promote the establishment of a medical home. CHC is working with safety-net providers to support the development of a culturally-relevant, cost-effective integrated system of care in South LA as a model for the nation.

Community Health & Education, working with local residents and stakeholders, builds and transform community assets for health promotion. The coalitions advocate for preserving and expanding open space, improving the availability and quality of food and physical activity options in one of the nation's most densely-populated and under-resourced metropolitan areas.

Expansion & Quality of Healthcare Coverage supports coalitions at the local, state and national levels to expand healthcare coverage and improve outreach, enrollment, retention and utilization in publicly-sponsored healthcare programs. The touchstone project helps families enroll in and use low-cost health insurance program to reduce the number of uninsured children in LA County.

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

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.
  • California Community Foundation
  • California Endowment
  • California Wellness Foundation
  • California WIC Foundation
  • Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Kaiser Foundation
  • Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Children's Health Outreach Initiatives
  • Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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