Welcome to CHC
Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community-based health education and policy organization. Established in 1992, our mission is to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources for underserved populations. Watch the video About Community Health Councils to learn more about our work.
Community Health Councils was awarded a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) and a REACH Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Project grant in September 2012. The CTG award, a two-year $7.9 million implementation project, will address and impact health disparities through a multi-sector collaborative of partners United for Health. The REACH Demonstration award for $7.7 million over three years will support Partners in Health in developing and implementing "replicable and scalable" policy, systems, and environmental changes. Learn more about these grants on our Community Partnerships page.
The two awards will help reduce chronic diseases by making healthy living easier for all people, especially those most impacted by chronic disease. By focusing on where people live, work, and play, the CTG program is expected to improve the health of more than four out of 10 US citizens, about 130 million Americans. The REACH Demonstration grant will focus on comprehensive strategies to improve well-being and lessen and eliminate chronic disease disparities among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Community Health Councils newest report Dialogues with South Los Angeles Safety Net Users on Health Reform analyzes data on safety net users’ knowledge of health reform, what they are worried about when it comes to healthcare, and their likelihood to change providers in 2014. Data was gathered through three distinct efforts: the California Healthcare Experience Survey, Dialogues with Dr. Katz (Director of the LA Department of Health Services), and Health Reform Focus Groups with safety net users.
The report analyzes the results of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather information from consumers about their experiences and opinions of the safety net healthcare system in South Los Angeles and highlights common themes expressed by patients across the three assessment areas. The surveys and focus groups also examined where safety net users are getting information on health reform.
Among the findings:
The perspectives and needs of consumers must be understood and addressed if the landmark overhaul of the safety net system through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to result in meaningful change. Health reform will transform the healthcare landscape in South LA, and the transparent, timely, and accountable implementation of the ACA is critical to the health of current and future generations. For more information on Dialogues with South Los Angeles Safety Net Users on Health Reform, contact CHC Policy Analyst Rad Cunningham.
New! Recommendations for the Healthy Families to Medi-Cal Transition to ensure that the transition does not disrupt care or cause harm for children and their families.