South

Los Angeles

Background

Background

Building Healthy Communities South Los Angeles (BHC SLA) is a group of diverse partners —including community organizations, health care providers, schools, government agencies, residents, and youth—working together to make South Los Angeles a healthier place to live, work, and play.

The BHC SLA community is home to over 90,000 residents who live in the multiple neighborhoods that make up the South Figueroa Corridor in South LA. Although this diverse community has historically been plagued by public and private disinvestment, its robust non-profit capacity, community mobilizing, and track record of successful advocacy demonstrates a passion to change policies and systems for improved health. BHC SLA seeks to leverage the power that exists in the community through improved collaboration to bring about health equity in South LA.

South Los Angeles Community

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • Demographically, the BHC SLA community is about 78.5 percent Hispanic/Latino, 19.0 percent African American or Black, and 2.5 percent other groups.
  • About 50 percent of youth live in poverty and nearly 99 percent of those are youth of color.
  • More than one in three (44 percent) South LA youth were born outside of the United States.
  • About one in three (34 percent) adult residents are uninsured.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Residents and partners in BHC SLA 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 the top priorities for the coming year.

Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
  • Discipline Policies and Practices
  • Youth Leadership
  • School Policing
  • Parent Engagement
  • Sons and Brothers
  • Restorative Justice Practices

 

School Wellness
Health Happens in Schools
School Wellness
  • Food and Water
    • School Teaching Gardens
    • Healthy Food
  • Youth Development
    • Leadership Development
Comprehensive Supports
Health Happens in Schools
Comprehensive Supports
  • School-based Health Services
    • Increasing school-based health centers
    • Community Needs Assessment
  • Career Pathways
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
  • Corner Store Upgrade
  • CalFresh and Public Benefits
  • Street Vending
  • Community Gardens
  • Freshworks

 

Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
  • Health in All Policies
  • General Plan Updates
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • 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
  • Community Benefits Agreement
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • CEQA
Environmental Health and Justice
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Environmental Health and Justice
  • Air Quality
Systems that Restore and Heal Healthy Youth Opportunities
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Systems that Restore and Heal Healthy Youth Opportunities
  • Restorative Practices
  •  Jail/Prison System  (Prevention, Realignment and Reentry)
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
  • Frontline/Community Health Workers
  • Increasing Access to Care: Despite the availability of the Affordable Care Act’s health exchanges or Medi-Cal, many people have not yet enrolled.  BHC South Los Angeles is committed to ensuring that all residents have health insurance and access to preventative health care. Partners are also advocating for improved access to care for the undocumented and remaining uninsured and the expansion of school-based wellness centers.
  • Health Promoting Land Use, Transit and Community Development: The BHC SLA collaborative aims to create vibrant neighborhoods that promote health, wellness, and safety for its residents. BHC SLA partners are engaged in campaigns to advocate for  quality and affordable housing, parks and green space, mitigation the impacts of polluting facilities, access to healthy foods, and equitable transit oriented development. The successes include securing more than $30 million for affordable housing and local hiring requirements as part of University of Southern California’s community benefit agreement.
  • Healthy, Resilient Youth: BHC SLA is working to promote the healthy social and emotional development of youth and the creation of healthy school climates. By developing the advocacy, community organizing, and leadership skills of youth and parents, BHC SLA partners are mobilizing those most impacted to make necessary policy change at the Los Angeles Unified School District and City level. Key successes include amending the Daytime Curfew Ordinance, passing the School Climate Bill of Rights, and the Equity is Justice Resolution.

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Tamu Jones
Program Manager, South Los Angeles

Tamu F. Jones, program manager for South Los Angeles, joined the foundation in February 2011. Prior to joining The Endowment, Jones served for more than four years as a program officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF) where she directed and managed the foundation’s health care portfolio. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Jones managed a variety of public health programs for the City of Pasadena Public Health Department and Contra Costa County Health Services Department. Jones is a past Fellow of the Coro Health Leadership Program (2007) and is also a graduate of Leadership Pasadena. She earned her B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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