Your support will help advance health equity for all Angelenos

Health Equity Fund

Changing life trajectories in Los Angeles.

The mission of Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center has evolved during its 135-plus year history—extending well beyond the hospital’s walls and into the diverse communities of downtown, central and south Los Angeles. Today, an integral part of the hospital's mission is supporting the health of our communities in impactful and measurable ways. This requires thinking beyond the historic model of treating our patients only while they are at the hospital and instead working to address their needs both before and after their interactions with us.

Aligning with the hospital in this critical work, California Hospital Medical Center Foundation has established the Health Equity Fund, a donor-supported fund with the goal of addressing health equity for our most vulnerable community members. Good health shouldn’t depend on our ZIP code, economic status, or the color of our skin. Together, we know we can create a more equitable health care system that improves health for everyone.

Addressing these important issues requires that we take action in several ways. The Health Equity Fund seeks to address the following priorities: 

Creating healthier communities

California Hospital is uniquely suited to advance health equity by addressing the social determinants of health through pioneering hospital programs like Hope Street Margolis Family Center, which offers educational, early childhood, social and behavioral health services to low-income, working families. Since 1992, Hope Street has supported more than 75,000 children and their families.

Behavioral health, including substance use

Hospitals serve as critical access points for addiction treatment. One in 10 emergency visits and hospitalizations involve patients with substance use disorder. The Bridge Program at California Hospital supports the Emergency Department as a primary access point for the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. The approach combines Medication Assistance Treatment (to ease the effects of substance withdrawal) with a Substance Use Navigator (SUN) who provides a holistic assessment of the patient’s needs, connections to immediate resources and ongoing support after discharge. SUNs reduce care delays, prevent readmissions and improve hospital workflow.

Training the next generation

Established in 1984, the Family Medicine Residency Program at California Hospital Medical Center provides comprehensive training to family physicians who care for our diverse, urban, medically underserved population, preparing them to excel in academic and clinical careers by practicing the full continuum of health care—from prenatal to geriatrics—with an emphasis on humankindness.


In partnership with Samaritan, a support platform, we extend direct financial and social assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness, aiding them in achieving housing and life goals. Since its inception in May 2022, the Samaritan program at CHMC has positively impacted more than 200 vulnerable patients.

Unique only to California Hospital, the Frequent Utilizer System Engagement (FUSE) Program provides patients who are chronically homeless with community-based case management and housing navigation services to reduce avoidable emergency department visits and hospitalization.

Human trafficking

The Human Trafficking (HT) Response Program helps to equip our care providers to identify patients who may be vulnerable to human trafficking or other types of abuse, neglect, and violence, and to provide trauma-informed, healing-centered care and services to affected patients and families. This includes patient education, survivor-centered intervention assistance, including warm referrals (i.e., personal introductions) to community agencies, such as law enforcement, county welfare, and non-governmental agencies, and continued care that promotes healing and recovery.

Give Now

The Health Equity Fund moves our mission forward by providing the resources for us to respond to our community’s most critical needs. With your partnership, we continue to be steadfast advocates for innovative solutions that reverse the long history of health disparities affecting the communities we serve. By donating to the Health Equity Fund today, you can change the life trajectories of people who come to California Hospital for hope and healing. 

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California Hospital is a trusted beacon of hope, here to serve every member of our community with high quality, compassionate health care that extends beyond the walls of the hospital.


Contact Angelo Kairuz at (213) 742-5747 or