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PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®. PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels. By developing and implementing multifaceted strategies, PolicyLink seeks to ensure that everyone—including low-income communities of color—can contribute to and benefit from local and regional growth and development. Among our approaches is equitable development, which is grounded in four principles: the integration of people and place; reduction of local and regional disparities; promotion of “double bottom line” investments; and ensuring meaningful voice, participation, and leadership from community members. This framework is used to promote a range of economic and social issues, including achieving the fair distribution of affordable housing throughout regions, equity in public investment, and community strategies to improve health.


The Accelerated School (TAS)

The Accelerated School is a national public/private partnership model that comprehensively serves the education and wellness needs of its students in preparing them to take their rightful place as confident and courageous citizens eager to achieve and contribute to a global society. The Accelerated School is built on the belief that good schools transform communities; that community is created by shared values and common goals; that all children can learn and achieve; and that education is essential to a prosperous, fulfilling life and is the key to the regeneration of our communities.


Healthy Corner Stores Network (HCSN)

The Healthy Corner Stores Network promotes efforts to bring healthier foods into corner stores in low-income and under-served communities. The Network brings together community members, local government staff, nonprofits, funders, and others across the country to share best practices and lessons learned, and to develop effective approaches to common challenges. It is led by the Community Food Security Coalition, The Food Trust, Public Health Law & Policy, and Urbane Development.


County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health protects health, prevents disease, and promotes the health and well-being for all persons in Los Angeles County. The Department focus is on the population as a whole, and they conduct their activities through a network of public health professionals throughout the community. Public health nurses make home visits to families with communicable diseases; epidemiologists investigate the sources of disease outbreaks; environmental health specialists ensure safe food, water, and housing; and all work with community coalitions to advocate for public policies to protect and improve health.


Kaiser Permanente, Community Benefits

Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to proactively helping people get and stay healthy. Kaiser implements long-term, comprehensive programs into schools, work sites, and neighborhoods, while at the same time they work to change policy and community conditions that affect people's heath. Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) is their multifaceted approach to addressing obesity and related health conditions. Bringing fresh, locally grown food into low-income neighborhoods and improving public parks so that residents will have safe and healthy recreational spaces to play in are just two examples of HEAL at work.


Bernardo Public Relations

Bernardo Public Relations (BPR) is a boutique public relations and marketing communications agency with expertise in reaching Multicultural communities and executing mass market efforts. The agency’s unique dual offering stems from founder Sandra A. Bernardo living a bilingual, bicultural life in the U.S. with South American and European influences. Bringing that malleable mindset to her agency, BPR offers experience and insight from each end of the communications spectrum from corporate campaigns to grassroots outreach with balanced perspectives and integrated communications services in multiple languages.  

California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA)

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that raises awareness about critical public health issues and mobilizes communities to promote the establishment of effective state and local health policies.  

California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA)

California Food Policy Advocates is a statewide public policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of low-income Californians by increasing their access to nutritious and affordable food.  



By providing professional development opportunities and translating theory and cutting edge research, CANFIT helps to bridge the gap between scientific research and on the ground best practices. CANFIT believes that youth involvement in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects is essential. Actively involving young people ensures greater success by producing results that are relevant and interesting to their peers. CANFIT primarily focuses on low-income, African-American, American Indian, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American and Pacific Islander adolescents. Many of these historically underserved populations have limited access to affordable, healthy foods and safe places for physical activity.  


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the largest regional referral center for children in critical condition who need life-saving care. While most of the children admitted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles come from Los Angeles County, others come from the seven-county area near Los Angeles that includes Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and around the world.  


Community Health Councils, Inc. (CHC)

Community Health Councils aims to increase access to quality healthcare. Through preservation of the healthcare safety net, healthcare policy developed with the participation of empowered and active communities and racial and ethnic parity in health and healthcare, they hope to achieve a system of universal healthcare coverage.


Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles

The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) is a public agency that serves as a catalyst for community growth and prosperity. CRA/LA lays the groundwork and provides the preconditions that enable private investors to revitalize neglected communities. Since their founding in 1948, CRA/LA has brought new hope to residents, business owners and others who dream of seeing their communities share in the City’s prosperity. They continue to develop innovative responses to changing economic conditions, with the goal of creating a better quality of life today and for future generations.


Community Services Unlimited (CSU)

Community Services Unlimited Inc. (CSU), is a 501c3 established in 1977 and headquartered in South Central Los Angeles. Since then it has created community programs and organizing campaigns like the early Safe Seniors to the more recent Free Medical Screening Program and the most recent From the Ground Up. CSU has also provided fiscal sponsorship and support for many grass roots organizing efforts ranging in diversity from Police Watch, Community in Support of the Gang Truce, and Food Forestry International.


County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Nutrition Program

The goal of the Public Health Nutrition Program is to advance nutrition of the public through nutrition assessment and surveillance, nutrition policy and program development, and assurance of nutrition services to protect and promote the public's health.


Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation (Esperanza) was founded in 1989, the result of a four-year organizing effort by community residents. Based on the area in which those residents lived -- the Figueroa Corridor -- Esperanza's target neighborhood was established. Esperanza remains rooted in and focused on this area to this day. Esperanza Community Housing Corporation addresses the needs of our community comprehensively through five core program areas: housing, health, economic development, education, and arts & science.


Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles

Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles, Inc. (FHCCGLA) is a nonprofit community health center providing health care services to patients regardless of ability to pay for services. Founded in 1925 as “The Mother’s Clinic”, FHCCGLA has served indigent and uninsured residents of Los Angeles County for over 80 years.


First 5 LA

First 5 LA is a unique child-advocacy organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenues in programs for improving the lives of children in Los Angeles County, from prenatal through age 5. Their vision is to create a future throughout our communities where all young children are born healthy and raised in a loving and nurturing environment so that they grow up healthy, are eager to learn, and reach their full potential.


INMED Partnerships for Children

INMED Partnerships for Children is dedicated to strengthening the ability of families and communities to support the development of healthy, educated children who have increased opportunities for the future. Since 1986, INMED has worked in more than 100 countries to give children the healthiest possible start in life, to build a strong foundation for children’s lifelong learning, to inspire communities to invest in their children’s futures, and to create new opportunities for children to maximize their potential and achieve lifelong success.


LA84 (Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles)

The LA84 Foundation is endowed with surplus funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Their mission is to serve youth through sport and to increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people’s lives. The LA84 Foundation supports a wide array of youth sports programming. Grants are awarded to youth sports organizations within the eight southernmost counties of California.


L.A. Care Health Plan 

As the nation's largest public health plan, L.A. Care is dedicated to helping Los Angeles County residents obtain health care for their families from doctors and other health care providers who understand and respect them.


Los Angeles City Council District 9 

This site provides the many diverse communities of the Ninth District with constituent insight into the happenings of the community, while providing information about what the Ninth District office and the City of Los Angeles can do for its members. You can find important city numbers and learn about upcoming community events. You can read the latest city news, or submit questions or comments to Councilwoman Jan Perry’s office.


Los Angeles County Department of Planning

The Department of Regional Planning performs all land use planning functions for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Their services include long range planning, land development counseling, project/case intake and processing, environmental review and zoning enforcement for each of our County unincorporated communities. The Department of City Planning is charged with the responsibility of preparing, maintaining, and implementing a General Plan for the development of the City of Los Angeles.


Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work, and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area.


Los Angeles County Parks

Los Angeles County Parks provides the residents and visitors of Los Angeles County with quality recreational opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and strengthen the community through diverse physical, educational and cultural programming. It enhances the community environment by acquiring, developing and maintaining County parks, gardens, golf courses, trails and open space areas.


Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

As the nation’s second largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves more than 730,000 students. Our diverse and culturally rich student population is increasing, and so is our need for qualified, dedicated teachers and school support staff. The District, which encompasses the city of Los Angeles and several neighboring cities, offers exceptional opportunities for teachers. We believe teachers are shapers of the future, and we are committed to educational reform and innovative instructional programs that are aligned to state standards. The LAUSD provides a supportive and dynamic environment for making a difference in young lives and enriching the student-teacher experience.


Mercado La Paloma-The Dove Marketplace

Mercado La Paloma offers a wide range of social services under one roof, including community non-profit organizations, support for new entrepreneurs, health services, and computer and ESL classes. Mercado La Paloma features L.A.'s finest food and crafts from around the world. Shop for any occasion, or visit one of our four delicious restaurants for the best of French-Italian, Mexican, Thai, and Yucatecan cuisine.


Network for a Healthy California

The Network for a Healthy California program is a collaboration of schools, community organizations and other partners encouraging 9, 10 and 11 year olds to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and enjoy physical activity every day.


N.E.W. Health Consultants

N.E.W. Health Consultants (NHC) is a wellness education consulting resource serving individual, community, corporate and media clients. N.E.W. Health Consultants promotes a mind-body approach. Clients reach wellness through personalized services, group presentations, cooking demonstrations and exercise, product development and media representation. Our Consultants include Registered Dietitians, Fitness Instructors, Massage Therapists, Chefs and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.


Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to address complex health and social issues. The organization builds on the successes of a variety of fields and applies them to new challenges in fields such as injury and violence prevention, traffic safety, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and youth development.


QueensCare Family Clinics

QueensCare Family Clinics, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides primary healthcare to people living in LA County, regardless of their ability to pay, at locations throughout Los Angeles.


Root Down LA

Root Down confronts obesity and related health issues in South Los Angeles, by engaging youth in the educational experiences and skills training necessary to build a healthy food community.


St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

The vision of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center is to deliver high-quality primary and preventive medical, dental and mental health services that go beyond the borders of tradition to uninsured, underserved and economically disadvantaged persons in Los Angeles.

Sustainable Economic Enterprises of LA (SEE-LA)

Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) is a private nonprofit community development corporation, dedicated to improving the quality of life in the City of Los Angeles. The mission of Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) is to promote and engage in self-sustaining community and economic development activities within the city of Los Angeles, including sustainable food systems, social and cultural programs, and economic revitalization projects.


The City Project

The mission of The City Project is to achieve equal justice, democracy, and livability for all. They carry out their mission by influencing the investment of public resources to achieve results that are equitable, enhance human health and the environment, and promote economic vitality for all communities. Focusing on parks and recreation, playgrounds, schools, health, and transit, they help bring people together to define the kind of community where they want to live and raise children. The City Project works with diverse coalitions in strategic campaigns to shape public policy and law, and to serve the needs of the community as defined by the community.


UCLA Center for Health Sciences

Comprised of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and the UCLA Medical Group with its wide-reaching system of primary-care and specialty-care offices throughout the region, UCLA Health System is among the most comprehensive and advanced healthcare systems in the world.


UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research is one of the nation's leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California. Established in 1994, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research is based in the School of Public Health and affiliated with the School of Public Affairs.


Worksite Wellness Los Angeles

Founded in 1996, Worksite Wellness LA’s (WWLA) mission is “To improve the health status of low income, medically underserved families through workplaces in Los Angeles County.” Their goal is to create a bridge between these underserved families and the health care system by providing information at the worksite that encourages personal responsibility, a healthy lifestyle, and timely and appropriate utilization of health care services.


World Fit for Kids (WFIT)

A World Fit for Kids! (WFIT) is the leading nonprofit provider of after school physical activity and youth development programs for children and teens. Our mission is to prepare young people for fit and fulfilling lives! For the past fifteen years, WFIT has served more than 130,000 students - successfully getting kids moving and motivated! They have become healthy role models in some of the most economically challenged communities of Los Angeles.