National Health Foundation has a vision that every individual, regardless of who they are or where they live, can achieve their highest level of health through a comprehensive and compassionate system of care.


Youth-Driven Healthy South LA

Call to Action: The BUILD Health Challenge


The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy.  The BUILD Health Challenge awarded funds to collaboratives that proposed to identify, highlight, and advance new models for improving community health and health equity. The Challenge aims to identify and share the most promising innovations and best practices with the rest of the country.


Eighteen community partnerships became part of the prestigious national BUILD Health Challenge program in 2015. The Youth-Driven Healthy South Los Angeles partnership, which includes National Health Foundation, California Hospital Medical Center, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, was one of the awardees and has since been working towards  leveraging knowledge, resources and manpower to engage residents to create significant change within their community.


BUILD Health Challenge funding partners includes: The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.







"We are honored that our work engaging young people in South LA was recognized and that we now have additional resources to continue empowering them to bring about change. Through this project we are helping to decrease health disparities in the community and removing their barriers to healthy eating and engaging in physical activity." - Kelly Bruno, President and CEO, National Health Foundation