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Champions for Change Grantee Highlights

Read about the work that our Champion for Change grantees are implementing across Los Angeles County.

Champions for Change and Adventist Health White Memorial Partner to increase Access to Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

AHWM and Healthy Worksites Partnership

Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) partnered with Healthy Worksites, a program of the Champions for Change initiative to increase access to healthier food options by opening a Farmers' Marketpdf icon The Farmers’ Market provides free health information and resources.

Antelope Valley Partners for Health Food Pantry is Going the Extra Mile in Providing Access to Fresh Produce in the Antelope Valley

AVPH Provide Fresh Produce in Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) is a nonprofit organization located in Lancaster serving the needs of at-risk families and all community members through direct services and building community capacity. In serving the needs of the community, collaboration is a key ingredient in the success of AVPH’s Food Pantry. Read about how AVPH provides fresh produce to their community.pdf icon

Koreatown Champions for Change Share Kimchi-Making Traditions

APIFM provide healthy nutrition classes

Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) provides healthy eating nutrition classes at Menlo Family Apartments located in Koreatown. The class participants discussed the different kinds of kimchi they've been preparing at home for decades. Read more about kimchi and APIFM's work.pdf icon

Making Strides to Increase Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables through Innovative Procurement Strategies

LESD & TRF Increase access to fresh fruits and vegtables

The majority of students attending Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) and Training Research Foundation (TRF) Head Start reside in the cities of Lawndale, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lennox. These communities have rates of obesity for adults and children that either meet or exceed the county average. To address these health concerns, LESD implemented healthy procurement strategies throughout the school district.pdf icon

Farm Stand 2.0: Health Promotion through Participatory Design

Healthy Academy Afterschool Program

Health Academy is an after-school program operated by National Health Foundation (NHF) at Thomas Jefferson Senior High in Los Angeles. In the Health Academy, students work towards Champions for Change goals by focusing on nutrition education, policy, systems & environmental changes, and civic engagement. The students successfully launched a Mini Farm Stand Projectpdf icon to increase access to healthy food.

Addressing Food Insecurity at Northeast Valley Health Corporation

NEVHC Addresses Food Insecurity in the Northeast Valley

Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) screens patients for food insecurity and connects food insecure patients to resources. They developed a referral system to connect patients to nutrition education classes, edible gardens, grocery store tours, CalFresh, and community walking groups. Read more about their food insecurity screening efforts. pdf icon

Opportunities for Education and Community Building through Pop-up Produce Markets in the Pico Union Neighborhood of Los Angeles

Education and Community Building Opportunities in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles

Seeds of Hope, the food justice program of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, partners with Food Forward, a food gleaning organization to provide thousands of pounds of produce to families in the Pico Union neighborhood. They provide the produce through the Vida Sana (Healthy Life) community health event at the Pico Union Project (PUP), a multi-faith cultural arts center. Read more about Seeds of Hope’s pop-up produce markets. pdf icon

Keeping the Community in Corner Store Health Retail Transformation

SEE-LA increases availability of health foods in vulnerable communities

The Sustainable Economic Enterprises – Los Angeles (SEE-LA) provides services to Watts and South Los Angeles. These communities have among the highest rates of adult and childhood obesity in Los Angeles County and limited resources to support healthy lifestyles. They face barriers to healthy living due to social and environmental factors such as lack of healthy retail food outlets. SEE-LA implemented healthy retail interventionspdf icon at small corner stores to increase the availability of healthy foods in these vulnerable communities.

Youth Policy Institute: The Culture of Champions

Youth Policy Institute provides nutrition education and physical activity classes

Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is a community-based nonprofit organization currently implementing 69 federal, state, local and private grants. As of August 2018, YPI’s Health & Wellness (H&W) Department has provided 243 nutrition education workshops and 689 physical activity classes to program participants. The H&W team has been able to provide in-classroom nutrition education and incorporate outdoor learningpdf icon as part of the school day thanks to the implementation of 10 new community school gardens.

2019 SNAP-Ed LIA Forum Poster Sessions

South Central Youth Work Together to Drive Healthy Retail Changes in Neighborhood Markets

National Health Foundation establish Health Academy

National Health Foundation (NHF) utilized the framework of youth participatory action research to establish Health Academy, a school-based youth task force, to address the lack of healthy food available in South Los Angles. Using the CX3 assessment, Health Academy assessed 7 local corner markets and used this information to identify feasible action steps to improve corner store markets. Read more about the Health Academy’s work and impact.pdf icon

Engaging Older Asian Americans in LA County

Engaging Older Asian Americans in LA County

Asian American older adults (50 years or older) are one of the fastest growing groups in Los Angeles County. They are more likely than Whites to experience high blood cholesterol and diabetes. Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) tailored their SNAP-Ed services to target this population. Read more about their work and impact.pdf icon

Who is the Truth? The Youth: The Next Generation of Health Advocates

The Whole Child Work

The Whole Child collaborated with six middle schools across Service Planning Area 7 to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention services. The Whole Child staff teaches students about starting as champions (advocates) to become champions (winners). Read more about The Whole Child’s work with the youth.pdf icon

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