Community Grants

In collaboration with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and with the support of Dra. Monica Salinas and The California Endowment, our center provides funding to selected proposals addressing health equity issues, through a Community Grants Program.

Lung Cancer

Breathe Southern California – Breathe Easier™ Lung Cancer Workshop
Funding will support the implementation of Breathe Easier ™: Lung Cancer workshops among underserved communities. The workshops will help increase screening rates for those at high risk and educate participants on how to reduce their risk of developing lung cancer

Herald Christian Health Center – Lung Cancer Screening for Low-income and Underserved Populations in LA County
Funding will support strategies to educate low-income and underserved populations in LA County on the importance of lung cancer screening. Program activities include the development of lung cancer screening promotional videos and clinical staff training on screening eligibility and guidelines.

Alcohol/Substance Use

The Wall Las Memorias– Town Hall: A Conversation About The Drug and Substance Use Crisis In The Community.
Funding will support a town hall meeting that will educate community members about the current drug crisis among youth, with a specific focus on meth, fentanyl, alcohol, tobacco, and opioids. The town hall meeting is intended for a diverse community audience including youth, parents, families, educators, health practitioners, CBOs, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and elected officials.

The National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, Inc. – Binge Drinking and Substance Use within Asian Greek Councils in Southern California
This project will address the health disparities and the gap in data among Asian students involved in Greek life in Southern California. The grantee will work with two chapters of a fraternity to provide information on binge drinking, and conduct interviews and focus groups to better understand drinking behaviors among Asian students.

Cancer Diagnosis Patient Navigation

Triage Cancer – Navigating Access and Equality: Providing the Answers that Matter
This project will address financial toxicity, health disparities, and access to health care in underserved populations in the Los Angeles County area. Funding will support legal and financial navigation education of local partners in the LA County area that will disseminate information about navigation services to patients and their caregivers.

Cancer Kinship – Cancer Kinship Promotes Health Equity with Community Resource Navigation Services for Vulnerable Populations in Southern California
This project will support language appropriate navigation and resource connection for up to 24 cancer patients and survivors. Funding will go towards individual action planning with patients intended, to alleviate stress and improve participants’ quality of life.

Health Care Access

T’ena Health – The Unity Project
Funding will support pre-health students in connecting community members with healthcare related resources that contribute towards fulfilling social determinants of health needs. Pre-health students will help community members identify, apply for, and access healthcare resources to improve health outcomes and empower community members.

The Community Action League – Accountable Community for Health
This project seeks to address the health disparities that exist in access to quality healthcare in rural areas and low-income communities. Funding will support providing access to preventive care, including screenings and vaccinations, and increasing the availability of primary care providers in underserved areas of the Antelope Valley, ultimately improving health outcomes and reducing health care costs.

Other Health Equity Issue

Meals on Wheels – Community Connections Prevention and Early Intervention
This project aims to address the mental and physical health of the program participants through prevention, recognition, and early intervention with a focus on Food & Shelter program participants. Funding will support the enrollment of clients, connection to services of partnering agencies, and implementation of the Food & Shelter Community Connections programs.

Special Service for Groups, Inc. Research & Evaluation – Birth Equity Among Justice-Involved Women: An Evaluation of the MIRACLE Project
This project aims to complete a mix-method, community engaged evaluation of the MIRACLE Project, which serves pregnant, justice-involved mothers and their families both during maternal incarceration and for up to 3 years after the mother’s release in their Los Angeles County homes and communities. Funding will support data collection, evaluation, and dissemination.

Central City Neighborhood Partners – Mi Comunidad, Mi Salud: Fatty Liver Disease (MCMS)
Funding for this project will support the development of a series of workshops that addresses nutrition, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFD), and steps to take if diagnosed. It will support the training of CCNP’s Promotoras and prepare them to facilitate these workshops to the community throughout the program year.

Environmental Equity and Climate Change

Black Women for Wellness – An Agent for Change

Funding will support creation of workshops to provide environmental justice education and inform people of resources in their community. This project will utilize inter-agency collaborations for outreach in Service Planning Area 6 of LA County.

Obesity Across the Lifespan

AltaMed Health Services Corporation – STOMP Parent Support Group for a Community Clinic Childhood Healthy Weight Program

Funding will support a project that engages parents graduating from a six-week childhood healthy weight program in a support group aimed to increase children’s adherence to physical activity guidelines in Service Planning Area (SPA) 7 of LA County.

Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement/Special Service for Groups – Rethink your Asian Drink

This project will update the materials on the organization’s website and develop a social media campaign, including infographics, that will help educate the public about Asian sugar-sweetened beverages and their impact on rising rates of obesity and diabetes in young adults in LA County.

Community Health Systems Inc. – Obesity Awareness and Education Project

This project will support a 6-week Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program (DEEP) course to be provided by a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to constituents in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP) – Mi Salud, Mi Comunidad

This project will create a promotora-style program focused on nutrition education in various languages, including Spanish and K’iche. CCNP Promotoras will conduct outreach and education during weekly food distribution events including general nutrition information, healthy recipes, linkages to health resources and public benefits including CalFresh in SPA 4 of LA County.

Sustainable Together – Project Green Plate

Funding will increase access to affordable healthy food and will raise awareness about healthy eating in Pomona with the help of volunteers at the Pomona Certified Farmers Market. They will oversee weekly food deliveries and carry out youth nutrition education.

Thai Community Development Center – East Hollywood Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

This project will support administration of a health needs survey at the East Hollywood’s Farmers Market and enroll market-goers who are eligible into public benefit programs, such as WIC or CalFresh. The needs assessment will be used to understand and address food insecurity, diet, and other health issues in East Hollywood.

Heal Her 2 Foundation – Wellness for Her 2

Funding will support fitness, diet and mental health activities that will introduce African American breast cancer survivors to healthy living to increase their overall health and help decrease the mortality rate of African American breast cancer survivors in LA and surrounding counties.

Therapeutic Play Foundation – San Gabriel Valley AAIMM Black Maternal Mental Health Support Group

Funding will support screening and group therapy sessions for Black women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in La County SPA 3. Therapeutic group activities will target coping strategies, life-transitions, self-care, and guidance on infant health and development, breastfeeding and parenting

Unhealthy Alcohol Use

Building Skills Partnership – Men’s Chronic Condition Program (MCCP)

Funding for the MCCP program will allow them to pilot the curriculum for participants through program outreach and instruction. Participants will receive a combination of mental health and men’s health curriculum, with an emphasis on alcohol use disorder and chronic conditions.

California Health Collaborative – ABC: Alcohol to Breast Cancer

Funding will be used to develop a tailored social media campaign and host a virtual meeting to raise awareness in the LGBTQI+ Latinx community of Los Angeles County regarding the increased risk of developing breast cancer associated with alcohol consumption.

Colorectal Cancer

UMMA Community Clinic – Colorectal Cancer Screening Project

This project aims to increase colorectal cancer screening among patients of this South Los Angeles clinic by sending text reminders, distributing fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kits, and providing incentives to patients who complete a FIT. Funding will also support a Colorectal Cancer Awareness campaign.

Watts Health Care Corporation – FIT Follow Up

The goal of this project is to increase colorectal cancer screening rates among patients by increasing the percentage of fecal immunochemical test (FIT) kits returned as well as to increase the percentage of patients that complete a colonoscopy after having an abnormal FIT through patient navigation and incentives.


HPV Vaccination

Antelope Valley Partners for Health – Antelope Valley HPV Awareness Project

This project will create a promotora-style program focused on human papillomavirus (HPV) education and navigation aimed to increase access to, and acceptance of, the HPV vaccine.


Liver Disease

Hep-B Free Los Angeles – Liver Disease Hubs for Education, Testing, and Treatment

Funding will support creation of a new liver disease “hub” in the San Gabriel Valley to provide liver disease education and support to healthcare providers. This project will also support additional inter-agency collaborations to offer education and testing for hepatitis B and C to limited-English and under or un-insured communities in Service Planning Areas 3 and 4 of LA County.


Lung Cancer

South Asian Network – South Asian Lung Cancer Awareness Initiative

This project will develop lung cancer prevention and screening materials, including a video and infographic in several languages, and provide training to prepare patient navigators to share the materials in South Asian communities located in Artesia, Cerritos, and Little Bangladesh.

Venice Family Clinic – Building Capacity for Lung Cancer Screening: A Model for Safety Net Providers

This project will seek to increase timely lung cancer screening among patients of this West LA safety net clinic by improving data infrastructure, addressing gaps in provider education, and establishing consistent processes for patient outreach.


Vaping & E-cigarettes

Helpline & Youth Counseling – Let’s Talk Vape

Funding will support a project to create social media content including videos, images, and educational materials aimed at preventing vaping and use of e-cigarette devices among youth and young adults in Service Planning Area 7 of LA County.


Cancer Survivorship

Cancer Kinship – Improving Cancer Disparities

Funding will enable this organization to provide navigation services and workshops aimed to improve the quality of life of cancer patients in Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry – Ten Dollar Tasty Dishes for Cancer Survivors

Funding will support monthly cooking classes aimed to engage cancer survivors and support healthy eating with a focus on Service Planning Areas 6 and 8 of LA County.

WeSPARK Cancer Support Center – Provide Toolbox: Addressing Disparities in Post-Treatment Care

This project will host English and Spanish workshops aimed to address the physical, emotional and practical concerns of cancer survivors, with a goal of reaching survivors in underserved populations of Los Angeles.

Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation – Cancer Navigation and Survivorship Program

Funding will support education and navigation aimed at improving the outcomes of Vietnamese American cancer patients and survivors in Orange County by addressing socioeconomic and linguistic barriers.

  • Breastfeed LA: Asian Breastfeeding Task Force
  • Cancer Kinship
  • Cancer Support Community Los Angeles (CSCLA)
  • Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry
  • Connectopod
  • Esperanza Community Housing
  • Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI)
  • Herald Cancer Association
  • Lestonnac Free Clinic
  • MiOra
  • Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
  • OjaiCARES
  • Peace Over Violence
  • Penny Lane Centers: Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center Collaboration
  • South Central Family Health Center (SCFHC)
  • St. Joseph Center
  • Venice Family Clinic
  • Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation (VACF)
  • Visiόn y Compromiso
  • Adelante Youth Alliance
  • Antelope Valley Partners for Health
  • C.I.T.Y x1 Youth Group
  • Families & Criminal Justice
  • Meals on Wheels West
  • Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP)
  • Ola Fou Church
  • Partners in Care Foundation
  • Promesa Boyle Heights
  • Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI)
  • South Gate Community Environmental Health Action Team (CEHAT)
  • St. John’s Well Child & Family Center
  • Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation (VACF)
  • Visión y Compromiso
  • Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU)
  • Alcott Center for Mental Health Services
  • Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center
  • Asian American Drug Abuse Program
  • California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
  • Children’s Institute, Inc.
  • Community Coalition
  • Community Health Councils (CHC)
  • Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)
  • People for Parks
  • Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers-Torrance and San Pedro
  • Providence Saint John’s Health Center
  • South Asian Network (SAN)
  • Triage Cancer
  • Visión y Compromiso
  • Western University College of Graduate Nursing

Community Seed Grantees

  • 211 LA County
  • California Healthy Nail Salon Initiative
  • CSUN Marilyn Magaram Center
  • Downtown Women’s Center
  • Pasadena Unified School District
  • St. John’s Well Child and Family Center

Faculty Seed Grantee

  • Alma Guerrero, MD, MPH
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Project: Pilot of an obesity prevention program [Familias Unidas Ninos Sanos (FUNS)] for mothers, fathers, and grandmothers of young Latino children living in East Los Angeles.
  • Community Partners: Volunteers of East Los Angeles