Community Benefit

California Hospital Medical Center’s Community Benefit programs allow us to extend our reach into the neighborhoods surrounding our hospital and across Los Angeles County.  Funded primarily through philanthropic support, our comprehensive array of outreach services empower children and families to take charge of their health and the health of their communities.  Our programs include the following: 

The Hope Street Magolis Family Center (http://www.hopestreetfamilycenter.org/) at CHMC promotes the health and welfare of our community's children and families through a variety of co-located federal, state, private and locally funded initiatives.  These initiatives include early childhood education, childcare, school readiness, family literacy, behavioral health, primary health care, after school and academic enrichment, and other family support programs.

The Los Angeles Best Babies Network (www.labestbabies.org) at CHMC is dedicated to achieving healthy pregnancies and births throughout Los Angeles County by providing training and technical assistance, advocacy and support to increase the capacity of community partners to succeed in these efforts.  Currently  LABBN is helping First 5 LA spread their successful universal perinatal and early childhood home visitation program, Welcome Baby, to 14 additional hospitals throughout LA County as well as implementing more intensive, evidence-based home visitation programs, Parents as Teachers, Healthy Families America, or Triple P, at these same hospitals.  LABBN is also partnering with LA County Dept of Public Health’s Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Programs in the development of the LA County Perinatal & Early Childhood Home Visitation Consortium.  LABBN’s Care Quality Collaborative assists prenatal/postpartum clinics implement evidence-based guidelines to assist women gain the appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy and lose excess weight postpartum in order to decrease the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that is ravaging young women and their offspring.

The Health Ministry Program provides screens for common chronic conditions and referrals to medical homes at over 50 sites in our service area.

We also provide the following free healthy lifestyle educational programs focused on common chronic conditions:

Healthy Lifestyle Education Program (H.E.L.P) – involves 5 weekly 2-hr workshops for overweight/obese children ages 5-12 yr and at least one of their parents/caretakers

Heart H.E.L.P – involves 5 weekly 2-hr workshops for adults at risk of or suffering from cardiovascular diseases, such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia,  myocardial infarction, stroke, or congestive heart failure.

Living with Diabetes – involves 4 weekly2-hr workshops for adults at risk of or suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Food, Fitness, and Diabetes Prevention- involves 4 weekly 2-hr workshops for adults suffering from obesity, pre-diabetes,  or at high risk for type 2 diabetes.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program – involves 6 weekly 2-hr workshops for adults suffering from any chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc.

The Community Dental Partnership is a partnership involving CHMC, the Southside Coalition of Community Clinics, and Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center’s Dental department.  It provides free periodontal services to uninsured adults with medication-dependent diabetes whose medical homes are one of the clinics in the Southside Coalition.

The Esperanza Healthy Breathing Project is a partnership involving CHMC and Esperanza Housing Corporation.  Children who are seen in our emergency department or are admitted to the hospital with asthma are eligible to receive free home visits by a health promoter who will teach the family about asthma, its triggers, and how to use medication correctly, as well as evaluate the home for possible triggers and teach the family how to eliminate or mitigate them.