Welcome to CHC

Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community-based health education and policy organization. Established in 1992, our mission is to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources to improve the health of underserved populations. Watch the video About Community Health Councils to learn more about our work.

Issues/Hot Topics

1 in 3 Los Angeles County residents is not aware that they have high blood pressure.

African Americans and certain Latino populations are at an increased risk of high blood pressure, and many don’t know how to get help to effectively manage it.

High Blood Pressure is known as the silent killer. It causes damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys. Join CHC for the Know Your Digits! Be in Control. Campaign this August and spread awareness of the causes and prevention methods for hypertension.

Visit KnowYourDigits.org for more info.

Supporting Food Access Through Pop up Markets
Too often, lower-income inner-city communities must rely on convenience stores and neighborhood markets that disproportionately sell greater amounts of fatty, sugary, and processed foods (or “junk food”).

City Council Considers Street Vendor Legalization
Los Angeles City Council’s economic development committee heard testimony from staff and the public on May 13 regarding a new City Legislative Analyst report that explores the potential regulation of legal street vending.

Crenshaw Tree Removal Permit/Agreement
The Los Angeles Bureau of Public Works (BPW) on April 18 discussed the removal of more than 150 trees along Crenshaw Blvd to accommodate the construction of the planned Crenshaw Light Rail.

Murphy Drill Site
Two West Adams residents are appealing a Planning Department process and decision for the Murphy Drill production site. In December 2013, an associate zoning administrator allowed the site operator, Freeport McMoRan, to install a waste gas burner.

AllenCo Site
An oil production site cited for violating the Clean Air Act has struck a deal with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that may allow operations to resume soon. Residents have experienced unusual health symptoms.

Great Streets in South Los Angeles
Mayor Garcetti has launched a new “Great Streets Initiative,” which focuses city attention on improving safety and livability on key streets throughout Los Angeles. The Great Streets Initiative will facilitate interdepartmental.

Healthy Way LA Gets A Makeover
As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on January 1, 2014 consumers in the Healthy Way LA “matched” program transitioned into Medi-Cal. Those in the “unmatched” program were not eligible to move into Medi-Cal because they do not have legal immigration status.

Community Spoke
This monthly column highlights bike-friendly events and activities in South LA. Read the re-cap of last month's events and see what's upcoming.

Proposed Federal Rules for Exchange & Market Standards The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed rules for Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond on March 21.

Adult Denti-Cal After eliminating adult dental benefits for nearly three million low-income Californians in 2009, Denti-Cal will finally be reinstated May 2014.

Covered CA Draft Budget Signals Adjustments in Outreach & Enrollment At the April 17 Covered California Board meeting, staff presented a preliminary 2014-15 budget and potential adjustments to program strategies.

California Legislative Update Updates on the Environment, Healthcare, and Nutrition legislation CHC is watching in the 2013-2014 session.

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