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 to improve the health of underserved populations. Watch the video About Community Health Councils to learn more about our work.

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Issues/Hot Topics

Mobility Plan 2035 Released for Public Comments
With new Metro rail lines, improved Bus Rapid Transit lines and stations, a growing bicycle lane network, and a focus on creating “walkable” neighborhoods, Los Angeles has been shifting to a more multi-modal transportation system that is not so heavily reliant on the private automobile.

What's the Buzz Around Bees in LA?
Two thousand thirteen was a great year for urban agriculture and food advocates. The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution to show their support for Urban Ag and reinforced their commitment to making urban food production a reality in the city.

Crenshaw Trees at Risk
Crenshaw community advocates were informed in late January that Metro planned to remove over 150 trees from Crenshaw Boulevard as part of the ongoing construction of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line.

Energy Drink Restrictions
The Los Angeles City Council considered a proposal earlier this year from Councilman Bernard Parks to incorporate labeling and consumer education at points of purchase for energy drinks.

Fracturing Ban for LA
Los Angeles moved closer towards halting unconventional oil extraction this month when City Council passed two interrelated motions.

City Planning Merger Scrapped
Mayor Eric Garcetti signaled last month that a proposal to merge the City Planning and Building & Safety departments had been abandoned, but that his office will be giving new attention to the issue of development services reform.

ExpressLanes Toll Revenue Dedicated to Active Transportation
New Metro funding for active transportation projects within three miles of the I-110 and I-10 corridors is available thanks to higher-than-projected toll revenues from ExpressLanes.

Active Transportation Program Funding Available
The application period has opened for another active transportation funding opportunity: the statewide Active Transportation Program ATP).

Community Spoke
This monthly column highlights bike-friendly events and activities in South LA. Read the re-cap of last month's events and see what's upcoming.

CMS Issues New Rule Expanding Reimbursement for Community based Prevention The new provision stipulates that preventative care services no longer need to be provided by a physician or licensed practitioner to be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement as long as they are recommended by one.

Changing the Game: Universal Meals for Qualifying Schools First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the nationwide expansion of universal meals for schools with 40% or more of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Amendments to CEQA for TOD Projects SB 743 requires the Office of Planning and Research to amend the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines to provide an alternative to Level of Service for evaluating transportation impacts.

Federal Financing for Complete Streets Projects Low-income communities interested in creating better bike and pedestrian networks may see new financing options if a legislative bill is approved in the US House of Representatives.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Legislation Two bills have been introduced in Congress that would further recent efforts to improve safety for the nation’s most vulnerable road users: pedestrians and bicyclists. 

Do you live, work or play in Downtown LA? Take our survey!

Creative Open Space LA is a project spearheaded by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks that is completely community input-driven. COSLA encourages you to re-imagine green open space in an urban, built-out landscape. Based on your recommendations, COSLA will be creating a final open space vision plan for five areas of the City of LA, including Downtown. Do you want to see more:

  • Community gardens
  • Green alleys
  • Parklets
  • Street furniture
  • Pocket parks
  • Farmers markets
  • in Downtown? If you live, work or play here, COSLA wants to hear your voice! Please take the survey on their Facebook page.

    The COSLA project is funded by Community Health Councils' United for Health, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Transformation Grant – Small Communities Program.

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