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:

Healthcare Systems works to preserve and improve access to, and the quality of, the healthcare safety net. We mobilize individuals and organizations into coalitions that work on issues around health disparities to improve the quality of healthcare and preserve the healthcare safety net. The Coalition for Health & Justice works to ensure access to quality healthcare for the underserved residents of South Los Angeles. The South Los Angeles Healthcare Leadership Roundtable works to eliminate structural barriers to the delivery of quality healthcare in South LA.

Nutrition Resources champions a healthier lifestyle by improving the quality and expanding access to fresh, wholesome food. Nutrition Resources supports two coalitions: Food Policy Roundtable and Food Resource Development.

Healthcare Coverage is dedicated to ensuring all Californians have healthcare coverage by eliminating barriers to applying for, using, and retaining health coverage. We support coalitions at the local, state and national levels to expand healthcare coverage and improve outreach, enrollment, retention and utilization in publicly-sponsored coverage 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. Health Coverage mobilizes two coalitions — Covering Kids & Families California, LA Access to Health Coverage Coalition — and ABC (Accessing Benefits for Children) / El Proyecto de Salud ABC: Acceso a Beneficios Para los Niños, one of the first community-based outreach projects in California.

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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