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An Unlikely Collaboration:111 Diverse Community Residents Attend Advocacy Training Program Held in South LA

March 12th, 2015

Participants from Pacoima, Long Beach, Central Los Angeles and South Los Angeles Attended the One-Day Training

Contact: Nancy B. Duan, Interim Communications Director, Community Health Councils

Phone: 323.295.9372

Email: nancy@chc-inc.org

Los Angeles, CA – Last weekend, more than 100 people attended an advocacy training in South Los Angeles organized by Community Health Councils (chc-inc.org) in partnership with 3 other community-based organizations. Held at the University of Southern California, the training prepared participants in advocacy strategies and educated them on the legislative process.

The training program was developed based on the premise that all too often, the perspectives and experiences of people of color from underserved communities are excluded from the decision-making process at the local, state and federal levels. The training allowed residents to develop a level of comfort speaking on issues that affect them and their family members. It also sought to take away barriers to communicating with elected officials, whom many community members felt didn’t listen to them or even looked down on them. While this training was developed y to bring together a core group of community advocates who could speak about proposed Sugar Sweetened Beverage legislation and its impact on low-income communities of color, the training covered a broad range of advocacy strategies and tactics.

This year’s participants – a diverse group of community residents with diverse linguistic backgrounds: Spanish, English, and Khmer, representing three distinct demographics: Southeast Asian, Latino, African American from Pacoima, Long Beach, Central Los Angeles and South Los Angeles – attended this one-day training. The training focused on teaching advocacy tactics such as letter writing, phone calling, and how to conduct a visit to a legislative official.

Advocates have returned to their home communities ready to engage in a range of activities that include monitoring state legislation and working with partner organizations to conduct phone banking and legislative visits throughout the upcoming months. All participants will also be invited to continue promoting Sugar Sweetened Beverage policy that works for everyone and any other policy issues that may arise throughout the year.

For more information on this topic, contact Nancy B. Duan at 323.295.9372 or nancy@chc-inc.org.

To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:

Gwendolyn Flynn, Nutrition Resources Policy Director, Community Health Councils, 323.295.9372, gwen@chc-inc.org

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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. For more, visit chc-inc.org.

3731 Stocker Street • Los Angeles, CA 90008 • 323.295.9372 • chc-inc.org

This program was made possible by the generosity of First 5 LA.