Areas of Focus / Economic Resiliency

Economic Resiliency

Amid reports of job growth and a growing economy, many communities continue to struggle and are at greatest risk for what now been called a recession. The Federal Reserve reports that many Americans are plagued by varying monthly household incomes, underemployment/varying work schedules, being unbanked, and the inability to deal with unexpected expenses. The impact is even greater for African American and Latinx populations.

While improving economic factors has been a thread throughout CHC’s history, in the past 5 years we’ve increased our focus to identify sustainable and systemic solutions to improve the economic resiliency for communities like South LA.

Efforts today include:

Strengthening the Healthcare Workforce Pipeline

The growing shortage of healthcare workers in California, particularly in regions like South LA, continues to restrict access to and quality of care. CHC has identified key upstream areas to intervene in the system to create a lasting impact including 1) lifting up community-based efforts such as Community Health Workers and Healthcare Navigators and 2) creating sustainable models that open opportunities and pathways for youth to enter healthcare careers.

Supporting the Public Health Policy Pipeline

Skills needed to diagnose and build more equitable systems requires a multi-prong approach. CHC is committed to building a public health policy pipeline that offers exposure and practicum to community-based participatory research and policy to engender a more acute understanding of the systems and processes that impact a community’s wellbeing. CHC hosts interns from local high schools, colleges and universities to. Some of our academic partnerships include USC, UCLA, LA Promise, Charles Drew University, among others. To learn more contact Rebecca Ratzkin, Director of Research at rratzkin@chc-inc.org.

Developing Strategic Partnerships

Understanding that no one organization has the capacity to address all economic barriers, in partnership with the Federal Reserve and LA Care, CHC launched the Coalition on Economic Resilience (CoER), a think-tank of decision-makers from philanthropy, social impact investors, and finance industry to innovate big ideas to address generational wealth and economic resilience. The approach is participatory in nature, employing a deliberative yet disruptive approach to creating a space for bold ideas to be introduced through structured dialogue and informed debate. For more on CoER go to https://chc-inc.org/coalition-on-economic-resiliency/