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REACH Partners in Health

Community Health Councils (CHC) was awarded a Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health: Obesity & Hypertension Demonstration Project 2012 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Prevention Fund.

The $7.7 million award will support Partners in Health, a three-year project to develop and implement "replicable and scalable" policy, systems, and environmental changes in South Los Angeles - an urban, racially and ethnically diverse and underserved community.

Over $4 million in subcontracts will be provided to our partners and local community organizations for their roles in improving the health of our communities.

The project collaborates with CHC, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and University of Southern California researchers. It is designed to reduce disparities in obesity rates and hypertension for African Americans and Hispanic/Latino residents in the West Adams, Baldwin Hills, and South Los Angeles Community Plan Area of South Los Angeles. The project will address and impact three significant policy initiatives in the prevention and management of chronic disease:

  • Improving the quality of nutrition and physical activity resources in and external to public schools.
  • Adopting and implementing the medical home model in local Federally Qualified Health Centers serving high risk uninsured and under-insured populations.
  • Updating individual community plans and adopting land-use policies and processes to address community health needs.

For more information on Partners in Health, contact Project Manager Catherine Sepulveda.


Partners in Health supports the development of the Health Kids Zone initiative.




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