Healthy Food Access & Education
We work on multiple fronts to expand access to healthy food in our neighborhoods and to facilitate healthy change at home. Our Champions for Change – Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Project currently delivers nutrition education and physical activity promotion in collaboration with community partners in Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Historic Filipinotown, and Chinatown. Our Food Roots project builds the capacity of local Asian American farmers and brings Asian produce to Southern California neighborhoods via our CSA and wholesale distribution networks. We are proud to partner with LA Food Policy Council and Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN) on this work, as part of the Community Markets Purchasing Real and Affordable (COMPRA) Foods collaborative.
Active Living & Transportation
We work to promote active living and transportation justice through community-based programs and policy advocacy. Our biking and hiking programs encourage residents to be active, safe, and civically engaged. In partnership with residents and local leaders, we are constantly advocating for safe streets, accessible and community-informed transport, environmental justice, and other issues key to ensuring the health of our neighborhoods.
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In addition, we are big advocates for greater access for API communities to local green spaces. Whether it’s a park in your neighborhood, or the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, we are actively involved through our work on Measure A and Nature for All.
Culture and Community Health
Across our programs, we work to ensure cultural responsiveness and language access. For example, in past years, we partnered with Tongan churches Lennox, Inglewood, and Hawthorne to advance work for local safety and health that centered the cultural knowledge of those communities. We also regularly partner with local agencies and academic institutions to conduct research focused on Asian and Pacific Islander public health issues, including the language and cultural barriers specific to our ethnic communities. We anchor the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health Initiative (AANHPI-HI), in close partnership with the American Heart Association, LA County Department of Public Health, and other organizations. This coalition aims to bring AANHPI health issues to the forefront and eliminate health disparities in these communities.
We organize for environmental justice in Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, and beyond. In one of our ongoing youth development programs, high school students whose schools are located close to freeways design and implement their own research on air pollution, and then use their findings to advocate for change. Past programming has also included outdoor experiential learning focused on conservation and environmental stewardship. We are currently working to ensure that API voices are at decision-making tables around parks and other key environmental issues in Southern California.
In addition, the Tobacco Prevention Team, or the ToP Team for short, aims to change social norms surrounding tobacco use and indirectly influence current and potential tobacco users. Our team is dedicated to creating a social and legal environment in which tobacco becomes less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor areas.