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

National Health Foundation

California Hospital Medical Center

Los Angeles Department of Public Health

National Health Foundation

National Health Foundation, founded by the Hospital Association of Southern California 1973, has a mission to improve and enhance the health of the underserved.  NHF has tackled many healthcare issues through both research and direct service in collaboration with local organizations, including hospitals and health systems. NHF’s work is rooted in the concept of collective impact; working across sectors to address the health of Californians.


        In 2013 NHF was funded by the LACDPH, through the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention program (NEOP), to launch a “Health Academy,” which engages Thomas Jefferson High School youth in research projects that identify challenges to healthy food consumption and being physically active in their community.  Youth teams then implement upstream solutions to those barriers. This work is the basis for our BUILD collaborative, for which NHF is the lead organization.


        National Health Foundation provides systemic solutions to gaps in health through innovative programs.  NHF is a part of several South LA working groups, including Community Health Council’s Coalition for an Active South Los Angeles, the LAUSD Nutrition and Physical Activity Task Force, LA County Healthy Retail Environment Workgroup, and the SPA 6 Resource Council meetings. NHF also operates the Health Academy at Jefferson High School in Central Alameda. NHF provides expertise on youth engagement, knowledge of community trends and concerns, and capacity to orchestrate coalition building with community stakeholders in the planning process of the community-based action plan.

California Hospital Medical Center

California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) is a 316-bed, non-profit community hospital that has served Los Angeles since 1887. Now a member of Dignity Health System, CHMC works to improve the health and lives of families in south and central LA. Once containing Los Angeles’ affluent neighborhoods, these areas became identified with high rates of poverty, violence, and racial tension. CHMC made the commitment to stay in the central city, and their role is now more important than ever. As a “safety net” provider of services to uninsured and underinsured patients, their mission is to make quality, cost-effective care available to, and improve the overall health of, the multi-ethnic communities served by providing specialized services, health screenings, and education which reflect the unique needs of these communities. In years past, CHMC has worked closely with NHF to address prevalent chronic diseases such as obesity, asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.


        California Hospital Medical Center works towards providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to the communities in South Los Angeles. CHMC’s Community Benefits Department places Health Promoters (Promotoras) in the community to provide an array of ongoing, free health and wellness screenings and educational seminars. With six programs addressing obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, California hospital provides over $101 million in community benefits to their service area which includes South Los Angeles. Their knowledge in the community and access to primary data captures a comprehensive view of available services and services utilized.


Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

LACDPH protects health, prevents disease, and promotes health and wellbeing for all persons in Los Angeles County. Specifically, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, housed in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, is advancing efforts around nutrition education and obesity prevention through a variety of program delivery models, including peer to peer learning based on the promotora model, faith-based engagement, youth participatory action research, and implementing policy, systems and environmental change strategies. LACDPH has partnered with NHF on several occasions, most recently awarding funding to NHF to implement one of five Champions for Change youth engagement programs.


       LACDPH is integrated through its numerous funded organizations, implementing obesity prevention and nutrition education programs throughout the County. As a key partner, LACDPH provided statistical secondary data on health and demographics within the project boundaries by creating maps to help illustrate the assets in the community and the gaps in services. The data includes: median household income, percentage of educational attainment, percentage of uninsured, healthy food access, number of parks in the community and rates of chronic disease.

"I finally realized that we need to make this community better; to make my community a place where people don't want to get out." - Ruben Arias, Community Health Liaison