CHC's African Americans Building a Legacy of Health is the organizing movement within our Community Health & Education policy area. AABLH develops community support and local leadership to champion a healthier lifestyle within the South Los Angeles. Funded under the REACH US Initiative, the overall goal of AABLH is to reduce disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. AABLH is a partnership of community- and faith-based organizations, businesses, community stakeholders, university researchers, and local government.
Transforming the Urban Food Desert from the Grassroots Up: A Model for Change. Confronted by continuing health disparities in vulnerable communities, CHC worked with research partners to develop a community change model to address the root causes of health disparities. This article from Family & Community Health discusses how CHC's model led to public policy interventions in a food desert.
Does Race Define What's in the Shopping Cart? While cultural factors are most often cited in
other studies as reasons for poor health in communities of color, this
study shows the extent to which cultural factors are overshadowed by
food choices in African American communities.
African Americans' Access to Healthy Food Options in South Los Angeles Restaurants Restaurants Published in the American
Journal of Public Health and conducted by UCLA and USC researchers
in partnership with CHC, this report examines the availability of restaurants and
food options in more and less affluent areas of
Los Angeles to compare residents' access to healthy meals prepared and
purchased away from home. The study concluded that support for the
healthy lifestyle associated with lower risks for disease is difficult
in poorer communities with a higher proportion of African American