The UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center announce the recipients of our
2023 Community Grants Program to Promote Health Equity

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2023 Community Grants Program to Promote Health Equity. Due to generous contributions to our program from Doctora Monica Salinas, we were able to fund a total of 11 organizations. We look forward to supporting and sharing the critically important health equity work that each of these groups will conduct over the coming year. 

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 MemoriasTown 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 KinshipCancer 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 HealthThe 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.