Boyle Heights

Background

Background

Boyle Heights is one of the oldest and most historically significant areas in the Los Angeles Basin and for the past 40 years, it has been home to one of the largest Latino populations in the United States.

Located east of the Los Angeles River, Boyle Heights is distinct and recognized for its rich culture and community activism. Youth leaders, adult residents, and organizations are just a few of the critical players who are dedicated members of the Building Healthy Communities Collaborative.

Using a shared leadership model, the Building Healthy Communities Collaborative addresses challenges like access to affordable health care, quality education and punitive discipline practices, and the need for additional support for youth and their families. In their respective workgroups, members collaborate to advance a health and social justice agenda that improves community conditions and enhances opportunities for residents of Boyle Heights.

Boyle Heights Community

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • Boyle Heights is a working class neighborhood covering 6.67 square miles.
  • At approximately 14,048 residents per square mile, Boyle Heights is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles.
  • The population is over 93 percent Latino. Within this population 35 percent are noncitizen residents.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

The Building Healthy Communities Hub fosters collaboration geared towards transformative impact in Boyle Heights. Getting to better health outcomes requires the united strengths of individual organizations and the residents we serve. Residents and partners are driving change across many systems and issues.

The map below gives a snapshot of the breadth of their actions (click the boxes under each category to learn more), followed by more information on their top three priorities for the coming year.

Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
  • Discipline Policies and Practices
  • Anti-bullying
  • Youth Leadership & Organizing
  • School Policing
  • Parent Engagement
  • Community + School District Partnerships
  • Sons & Brothers
  • LGBTQ Youth Leadership
  • Healing and Restorative Justice Practices
School Wellness
Health Happens in Schools
School Wellness
  • Food and Water
    • Nutrition Policies
    • Breakfast in Classrooms
    • Cultivating Nutrition Champions
  • Youth Development
    • Safe Passage to School
    • Joint Use
  • Wellness Committees
    • Student and Parent Engagement
  • Youth Development
    •     Leadership Development
Comprehensive Supports
Health Happens in Schools
Comprehensive Supports
  • School-based Health Services
    • Community Needs Assessment
    • Teen health/peer education
  • Career Pathways
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
  • Corner Store Upgrade
  • Food Policy
  • CalFresh and Public Benefits
  • Street Vending
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
  • Health in All Policies
  • General Plan Updates
  • Shared Facilities
  • Walkability and Bikeability
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Recreational Facilities and Green Space
Community and Economic Development
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Community and Economic Development
  • Housing Conditions and Affordability
  • Open Space
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Public Private Partnerships
Environmental Health and Justice
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Environmental Health and Justice
  • Air Quality
Systems that Restore and Heal
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Systems that Restore and Heal
  • Realignment

 

Healthy Youth Opportunities
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Healthy Youth Opportunities
  • Public Funding for Youth
  • Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership
  • Career Pathways/Job Training
  •  Summer Night Lights

 

Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
  • Community Transformation Grant
  • Health in All Policies
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention
Health Happens in Prevention
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention

ACA Education and Outreach

  • Public Benefits Awareness
  • Medi-Cal and ACA Enrollment
  • Health Access Policy and Advocacy
  • Systems for Remaining Uninsured
  • Health Homes
  • Medical-legal Partnerships
  • Community Health Centers
  • Health Navigators/Community Health Workers

 

Health Care Services
Health Happens in Prevention
Health Care Services
  • School Based Health
    • Teen Health
    • Reproductive health
    • Mental and behavioral health
  • Frontline/Community Health Workers
  • Career Ladder Programs/Workforce Development
  • Prevention Workgroup: Increases access to health care services for the remaining uninsured.
  • Schools Workgroup: Advocates for effective implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula to support the social-emotional health of students.
  • Neighborhoods Workgroup: Increases opportunities and advocates for increased funding for youth development programs, services, and employment opportunities.

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Jennifer Ybarra, J.D., M.P.P.
Program Manager, Boyle Heights

Jennifer Ybarra, J.D., M.P.P., program manager for Boyle Heights, joined The Endowment in February 2006. Before joining The Endowment, Ybarra was a Health Policy coordinator for the Los Angeles-based Alliance for a Better Community, a nonprofit advocacy organization working on health, education and economic development issues impacting L.A. County’s Latino community. Ybarra received a Ford Foundation grant to study public policy issues in minority communities with a focus on teen pregnancy. She earned her B.A. in Public Policy from UCLA, her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Southern California School of Law, and her Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.

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