Healthy Living Grant Program

 
Supporting community-led efforts at addressing prevention strategies that promote health equity and healthy living is paramount to our success as a nonprofit hospital. To do this, City of Hope established the Healthy Living Grant program.    
 
The Healthy Living Grant program is giving out $5,000 grants to groups/organizations that can demonstrate not-so-ordinary, sustainable and collaborative approaches to promoting healthy living by addressing the root causes of illness and disease.  
 
Applicants must provide services, for vulnerable populations, within the Greater Los Angeles or Orange County regions. Proposals must incorporate at least one of these five topics below. (See the 2021-2023 City of Hope Implementation Strategy, page 13 for more ideas.)
  • Access to Care – Specifically related to implicit bias, structural racism, policy, systems, environment and cross-sectoral collaborations that address the social determinants of health
  • Mental Health – Upstream programming to address access, policy and quality services that serve both the adult and youth communities
  • Food and Housing Insecurity – Policy and/or programming that creates linkages to sustainable sources of food and housing
  • Healthy Living – Programming that addresses risk factors for chronic disease
  • Cancer Prevention – Prevention education and screening programs
     
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The City of Hope Healthy Living Grant (HLG) recipients use our funding to make a difference. We know this because we went out and watched them work. Many broke down barriers to healthy living and lifestyles by providing much-needed support in the languages its community members speak. Others provided knowledge and education that help change the perspectives of individuals coming to their community. We have seen gardens grow, kids walk to school safely and early morning walkers getting in exercise before most other people’s days have begun. We have heard these programs delivered in Mandarin, Spanish and English. In order to effectively share what we have learned from our grantees, we want to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their work (in our local vulnerable communities). To help them get ready, we assisted them in reporting their evaluation data and taught them how to turn those numbers into compelling 15-minute presentations. Then we provided each grantee with an opportunity share their findings at our yearly conference and awards luncheon (see the 2021 cohort presentations here).
 
Each year, the City of Hope Community Benefit Advisory Council sits downs and reviews all the HLG submissions. After hours of reviewing the submissions individually, the HLG committee meets to discuss the each one and make their final recommendation for awardees. These recommendations are presented to the entire council for a vote. This year, the grantees represent an incredible group of non-profit organizations that are working hard to create impact in the lives of the people they serve. Below are the brief details of this year's Healthy Living Grant recipients. 
 

2022 City of Hope Healthy Living Grant Recipients

The Empower THEM Collective

Have the Audacity to be Seen, services will be focused in the Antelope Valley which is the northern part of Los Angeles County. We will be addressing access to care, mental health, and food and housing security. In our part of Los Angeles County, these three categories are often interdependent upon each other. Antelope Valley while a part of Los Angeles County tends to receive a fraction of the financial resources and attention needed to support our growing community. The need our organization hopes to address is elevating the awareness of the urgent need to redirect focus, and funding to the area to secure our fair share to implement change and solutions for the community. We are seeking to use our signature service The Art of Storytelling to elevate the stories of real people who are experiencing the three health issues we have selected. We want to spotlight the unique challenges the Antelope Valley face, with such a large geographical area, in which we lack adequate transportation for people to access health services, a lack of affordable housing, and the food desert that this community currently struggles with. With a finished product of short films on real stories highlighting the beauty of our community and the struggles, we aim to use these short films as a foundational tool to advocate for change and the reallocation of resources. We will develop three short films (5-8 minutes) one for each respective category that visually illustrates the beauty and challenges of the area, we will work with individuals who are ready to share their story and how it impacts their lives and the greater community. Once the short films have been completed, we will host a hybrid (virtual and in-person) screening of the films inviting community members, local leaders, and political officials to participate in the viewing. Our desire is to open a dialogue between the people and those who can initiate change so that we develop solutions that are realistic and impactful. From there we hope to continue the moment and engage key decisions makers at all levels in 3 order to advocate for policy change in the region. We will leverage social media platforms to gain traction in spreading awareness. Depending on the release date of the films if there is legislation that supports one of the three categories then we will engage in mobilizing the community using the short films to either support the policy or advocate against it. The product (the films) is timeless and can be used often as an advocacy tool for our community.

Foothill Unity Center, Inc.

Café Bistro Foothill Unity Center is San Gabriel Valley’s primary provider of integrated services with our core programs that focus on helping the disadvantaged low-income and unhoused individuals and families who are underserved. As an expansion of our services from our Food Program and Housing and Homeless Program with the start of our Café Bistro offered at our Monrovia and Pasadena sites targeting to serve our unhoused population. With a soft open in February 28, 2022 and an official opening on April 1, 2022, Café Bistro, a more relaxed and comfortable setting, is available during our Food Distributions and at the Mobile Shower Program (offered during the distributions) from our Monrovia site on Mondays 1 pm-3:30 pm, Wednesdays at 9 am-11:30 am, and Fridays at 9 am 11:30 am and from our Pasadena sites on Tuesdays from 9 am-1:30 am, Wednesdays at 9 am-11:30 am, and Fridays at 9 am-11:30 am. Services include providing nutritious meals and beverages, education on nutrition, and health screenings that include checking blood pressure as well as addressing mental health topics including depression and strategies to address depression. We will complete initial assessments that include a baseline health assessment, including date of last doctors’ visits, blood pressure readings, weight, medical history, and allergies. We will expand our staffing by using some of the 150 nursing students from Cal State LA and Azusa Pacific University, who rotate in throughout the year, to work with our Health Program team, who are able to provide services in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition

Thriving and Healthy Immigrant Families Innovation and creativity is key in how LBIRC approaches complex social, political, economic, and immigrant injustices that are faced in the community. LBIRC is often at the forefront of ensuring that community members and their voices are not only heard, but in fact how we shape our movement and work. Through this project, LBIRC will not only connect immigrant families with access to care via digital education workshops utilizing social media, and our online web series “Información Sin Fronteras'' ( Information Without Borders) and we will simultaneously connect community members with development and leadership building opportunities like our Leadership Academy programming, our community organizing components where community members are given opportunities to learn about: historical and racial oppression, political advocacy, how to testimony to the City Council, Know Your Rights legal education, access resources for housing rights support, which gives opportunities for individuals to strengthen their own leadership skills so they feel confident and are poised with the education to advocate for community wellness, safety, and their and their families health. Community members of the mutual aid food nutrition program will have the opportunity to be a part of a research study entitled, “Pandemic Impacts on Access to Services for Im/migrant Communities in Long Beach” led by Professor Dr. Lauren Heidbrink, PHD at Cal State Long Beach, where this research will later serve as a critical tool to shift local local policies that impact and shape health equity for BIPOC and monolingual speaking im/migrant families in Long Beach, ultimately transforming the health equity and political landscape for community.

Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services

Dedicated Housing Units and Support Services for Transitional Aged Youth Experiencing Homelessness In partnership with the Los Angeles Community College District, Optimist will provide housing at our Highland Park Campus to provide a supportive environment for high-risk community college students, including former foster youth. Community colleges provide affordable, accessible educational opportunities, yet housing remains a challenge. Seventeen percent of community college students experienced homelessness in 2019, according to The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Optimist’s commitment to youth does not end when a foster child turns 18. In addition to providing housing for these students, Optimist has the existing infrastructure for a holistic approach to provide these youth with mental health services, career and educational advocacy, mentors, food services, and recreational activities. This funding would support housing and school supplies and materials to assist residents. Our 5-acre facility is ideally located in Highland Park, within walking distance to a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, and a metro bus stop. Optimist owns this property and existing buildings debt-free. This facility will provide housing and supportive services at no cost to the students as they attend college. By leveraging and expanding our existing contract with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, the Los Angeles Community College District, and private philanthropy, Optimist will provide housing, meals, mental health counseling, and career development and employment supports.

Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation

Community Shop and Screen VACF's Community Shop and Screen project will mitigate health disparities in the VA community by addressing the socioeconomic and linguistic barriers to care for an overall improvement in quality of life of underserved VAs through early cancer detection and prevention.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the major impact of social determinants of health on community and individual well-being. VACF not only continues to address cancer but also expands its social support services including the weekly food pantry, monthly food distribution and other support for the underserved families.

VACF's expertise and capacity to connect with the community is evident within the history and accomplishments of its community healht programming. Community Shop and Screen will address cancer prevention, access to care and food insecurity. The project will pivot VACF's current program activities to include a "farmer's market" day where individuals are able to "shop" for food items at an outdoor market and "screen" for cancer as appropriate, all free of charge. VACF will work with our lab partner and volunteer doctors to provide onsite blood draw to screen for Hepatitis B & C (linked to high rate of liver cancer) and FIT kits to screen for colorectal cancer to those who are at higher risk and have limited access to health resources. VACF's health educators will provide in-language education and our health navigators will conduct appropriate follow-ups after screenings to make sure that clients understand the results and are linked to the care they need, especially those with abnormal results.

Long Beach Day Nursery

Innovative Early Intervention for Early Care and Education LBDN’s Early Intervention Program provides observations, assessments and intervention strategies for vulnerable children with identified special needs, social/emotional challenges, and/or behavior concerns, as well as support for our families and teachers. Our EIP program incorporates a collaborative approach that involves the child, family, teacher, consulting psychologist, LBDN EIP Specialist, and EI Interns. Identifying special needs and intervening early is absolutely vital. Any child enrolled at LBDN who demonstrates a need for access to integrated care in the form of limited language skills; learning disabilities; health issues; developmental delays; problems with attention Revised 021022_NCH and focus; speech impairment; and social, behavioral, or family challenges can receive EI assistance at LBDN. EIP services are offered year-round, at no-cost to the families. To our knowledge, there are no other child development centers in our community offering the scope of services available at LBDN. When concerns are identified, EIP ensures that everyone involved – parents, teachers, the children (as appropriate), LBDN’s child psychologist and EIP specialist, and EI Interns– are engaged in communications to ensure that suitable intervention strategies are developed and implemented. This collaborative approach is critical to successful outcomes, as it facilitates consistency, family involvement, and positive parenting. Parents and families are referred to additional community services or to other specialists, if warranted. Furthermore, staff makes contact and work in cooperation with other agencies in which the child and family are involved. This ensures a comprehensive focus on what is best for the child and amplifies the potential of assisting the child reach their fullest potential.

California Health Collaborative

ABC: Alcohol to Breast Cancer In order to raise awareness of the link between breast cancer and alcohol consumption, our proposal is to host a virtual meeting to present the research that shows drinking alcohol increases one’s risk of breast cancer, discuss strategies to raise public awareness, and invite diverse Los Angeles County stakeholders united in promoting LGBTQI+ Latinx health and wellness to join us in a tailored social media campaign throughout the month of October. For purposes of this project, we will build off of and tailor the Alcohol Research Group’s existing evidence-based Drink Less for Your Breasts campaign. The ARG at the Public Health Institute has been conducting research on the impacts of alcohol on health for over 60 years. The Drink Less for your Breasts campaign brings together pre-existing and novel research to demonstrate the increased risk of breast cancer associated with alcohol consumption.

Pomona Hope

Year Round with Pomona Hope Year-Round with Pomona Hope is more than an after-school tutoring program or summer camp. It is a tight-knit community with deeply invested adults who care for our youth. We rely greatly on volunteers who assist in facilitating enrichment workshops, parents who collaborate with staff to inspire curriculum topics, and high school students who 3 take the lead in planning community events. Our volunteers are key to our success. We believe in the importance of a holistic approach to after-school education. We provide daily focused homework and tutoring time and some academic enrichment workshops like STEM and reading intervention. However, we also emphasize the physical, social, and mental well-being of our students. These topics are addressed through weekly workshops such as community garden, art, and mental health and daily workshops like gym games.

Therapeutic Play Foundation

San Gabriel Valley AAIMM Black Maternal Mental Health Support Group TPF will be providing screenings of registered mothers through an automated online screening tool. The facilitator, with support from the project leader, will review the results of the screening and address any mental health concerns that may be evident. The facilitator will contact the participants ahead of the monthly session to connect and see if there are any other services that they could benefit from. The facilitator making contact will work as an additional screening to ensure the clients responses were not biased in any way during the online screening. Appropriate action will be taken based on the mental wellness of the client. The participants will receive monthly sessions that address coping strategies, life transitions, self-care and focus on developing a bond between participants. The activities utilize talk therapy techniques; art supplies for an art-focused therapeutic outlet; yoga and session with a Black gynecologist, obstetrician and/or pediatrician. Collaborator agencies listed will also partner with TPF to help conduct outreach events and recruit participants to garner community engagement and program awareness. A primary outcome will be to see improvement for moms that go through at least six sessions of this group. The improvement will be reflected in a comparison question that asks about their level of support and stress level at intake and at exit of the group.

Inland Valley Hope Partners

Hope Partners @ Amy's Farm Expansion Our Hope Partners @ Amy's Farm program is a creative cooperative effort between a for profit business in Ontario and our non-profit: exchanging volunteer workers for large produce donations to our food pantries. We are working on the expansion of this program into our South Pomona service area, utilizing unused land belonging to the Pomona Unified School District adjacent to our Urban Mission food pantry. This will allow for a sustainable resource for more fresh produce to be available to our food security clients, further outreach into the South Pomona area, which has a large percentage of low-income residents, and give elementary school children the opportunity to learn about chemical free gardening while engaging in community service.

Boys and Girls Club Metro Los Angeles

BGCMLA Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Programming The requested funding would be used to enhance our trauma-informed social-emotional programming and ensure we provide trauma-informed care for 515 members at the Challengers, Watts/Willowbrook, and Bell Gardens Clubhouses during the school year and 200 members during the summer program. 

  1. Trauma – Informed Social Emotional Learning – All members will participate in Positive Action, a 7-unit curriculum that guides a child through self-concept, actions for body and mind, managing yourself, treating others well, honesty, continuous self-improvement and a review, using the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle as a framework. We will also offer SMART Moves - Social Emotional Wellness, a nationally acclaimed, comprehensive prevention and education program designed to increase participants’ peer support, enhance life skills, build resiliency, and strengthen leadership skills.
  2. Mental Health Supports – Wellnest will partner with BGCMLA to provide an 8-week program (45 minutes sessions once per week) to help members work on processing common reactions to trauma, communicating with friends and families, and strategies for relaxation, problem solving, and planning for the future. Members who need more intensive mental health treatment will be referred to additional services.
  3. Staff training – All new BGCMLA program staff will participate in 10 hours of training on how to identify and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. Our goal is that all Youth Development Professionals and program leadership will be certified in trauma-informed care. We will continue to provide training for our staff so that they can further improve their knowledge in this area.

Wayfinder Family Services

Special Education School The Special Education School is one of the only state-certified, non-public schools in Southern California to teach individualized curricula to elementary and high school age youth (5-22) with severe disabilities, including vision loss, autism, hearing impairment, Down syndrome, seizure disorders and cognitive delays. Most students are low- or non-verbal. Our school is uniquely qualified to improve our vulnerable students’ lives by providing enriching educational programming at no cost to their families, 88% of whom are low-income. Students learn how to be more self-sufficient in their daily lives in a supportive environment. Self-advocacy and vocational goals are assigned to identify interests and preferences, as well as social-emotional skills to learn to engage with others and maintain safety in a variety of settings. To build coping skills and resiliency, we offer a wide range of emotional and behavioral counseling services to children and families. Additionally, Wayfinder is committed to helping students adopt healthy living habits before adulthood so they may lead fulfilling lives. Prior to the pandemic, Wayfinder provided all students with weekly physical education sessions taught by our recreation programs manager to receive the specialized cardiovascular, strength and balance training needed to overcome their sedentary lifestyles. Most students do not participate in any physical activity outside of school, often because their parents are overwhelmed by the idea of incorporating exercise at home when their children cannot complete everyday tasks independently. Currently, teachers are leading movement breaks and physical education activities in students’ stable cohorts.
 

2022 Capacity Building Grant Nominees

City of Azusa – Community Resources Department

Recreational Youth Sports & Healthy Living The target population includes both male and female residents of Azusa, ages 10 to 14. Through our youth recreational sports programs, we will select a group to measure cardiorespiratory (aerobic) fitness, flexibility, and balance over a period of 6-8 weeks. Baseline measures will be established pre-season and reevaluated during weeks 6 or 8. The initial approach will establish a baseline that will compare data overtime from Azusa youth sports programs. Future goals include implementing physical fitness interventions, compared to a control group to evaluate the intervention effectiveness and improve health related outcomes. This data will then be synthesized into a community health dashboard to improve cross-sector collaboration and integrated services that target the needs of the community. As a 3 pilot project for future health evaluation and program/service creation, our long-term goal is to integrate Active Living and Healthy Eating principles, education, and strategies.

Cabdi’s Foundation, Inc.

With the season of giving upon us, Smile America Abdi Foundation Center is proud to hold our 13th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive! Through Helping Rialto, California community a charity run by our own Ms. Fardowsa in member of her late brother Abdi. Who started to end hunger we aim to help those in need in the Rialto, CA area by providing them with meals on Thanksgiving Day that they wouldn’t otherwise have. Last year we were able to provide meals to over200 families —and this year, we would like to feed 300 families which our goal provides to the Covid-19 which we have not been able to meet that since the Covid-19. at same goal!

2022 Bigger Ask Grants

25K | EcoUrban Gardens

Volunteer Program Expansion & Outreach awarded the 25K, EUG will focus on strengthening its volunteer corps to improve program impact. EUG will expand volunteer opportunities to all our programs by implementing a new application and interview process to build a volunteer corps. EUG will invest in recruiting at community events; create a volunteer handbook, volunteer training program to improve familiarity of roles; handout Q&A to address future volunteer needs. EUG will implement a volunteer data tracking system to better track volunteer hours, target recruitment/ participation goals, trends, and identify high-value volunteers for efficiency and impact. EUG will highlight exceptional volunteers with gifts and recognition in newsletter/SMM. If awarded 25K, EUG will expand its volunteer corps with outreach education through engaging community partners. EUG will expand on existing partnerships and seek new ones. The outreach education will include door-to-door canvassing; informational booths at business centers; workshops and surveys. EUG will invest in educational and take-away materials, printed and online marketing materials and press kits. Press kits will be developed for distribution prior to events. Volunteers will assist with outreach, gathering feedback/data and documenting community events. A pro-bono volunteer coordinator will be trained to assist in implementing a sustainable volunteer corps. The outreach education workshops will enrich communities by engaging new consumers, and improving EUG visibility by targeting the community at large. Hosting workshops at community partner locations (private and public sectors) will help EUG reach a wider audience, therefore identify and recruit dependable volunteers. EUG will also host events in our Farm Labs in collaboration with community partners and offer garden workshops to partners for their own events. Additionally, EUG will survey neighborhoods to review consumers’ needs, access to gardens, develop a dialog for healthy living, and improve community engagement.

10K | Antelope Valley Partners for Health

HPV Education and Vaccine Pop Up Clinics With the 10K 2022 “Bigger Ask” grant – AVPH aims to increase the HPV Vaccine Uptake and Cancer Prevention Pop-Up Clinics, increasing from two to four large-scale clinics in the Antelope Valley. This would include one per grant quarter, reaching 50-75 vaccinations per clinic – totaling 200-300 HPV vaccinations in the grant term. In addition, AVPH aims to provide education sessions, community outreach and engagement surrounding HPV education and awareness, increase vaccine uptake and increase access to these preventative services within the Antelope Valley – reaching 1000 to 1500 community members through community events, social media, virtual and in person education sessions.

 

For more information, please contact Nancy Clifton-Hawkins at communitybenefit@coh.org.