Community Benefit and Community Affairs

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that provides pediatric health care and helps our patients more than 528,000 times each year in a setting designed just for their needs. Our history began in 1901 in a small house on the corner of Alpine and Castelar Streets (now Hill St. in Chinatown) and today our medical experts offer more than 350 pediatric specialty programs and services to meet the needs of our patients. As the first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California, CHLA continuously works to provide compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the caregivers of tomorrow and innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world.

Community benefit services and activities are designed to provide treatment and promote health as a response to identified community needs. Our objectives are to:

  • Improve access to health care services
  • Enhance public health of the community
  • Advance medical or health care knowledge that provides public benefit
  • Relieve or reduce the burden of government or other community efforts

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CHLA continues its commitment to the children and families of the Los Angeles area through its community benefit activities which ensure that our hospital will remain responsive to the needs of the community.
  • Community Benefit Investments in Our Community
  • Community Benefit in Research
  • Community Benefit in Health Professionals Education
  • Community Health Needs Asessment
  • Community Benefit Implementation Strategy

Fiscal Year 2020

  • Unreimbursed Costs for Medical Services of Government-Sponsored Programs and Charity Care: $300 million
  • Subsidized Health Services: $5 million
  • Research Activities: $45 million
  • Health Professions Education: $25 million
  • Community Health Improvement Services and Other Community Benefits: $9 million
  • Total Community Benefit: $384 million
  • Over 32 areas of clinical, translation and community research
  • Among the top 10 children's hospitals for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding ($35.8 million)
  • $129.5 million in total funding
  • 325 principal investigators who collaborate to combat cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, autism, obesity and diabetes, among other pediatric conditions
  • CHLA was among the first hospitals in the country approved to treat patients with Car-T therapy
  • Up to 90% of patients on this therapy go into remission
  • 350 specialty programs and services
  • 402 medical students
  • 308 student shadowers
  • 110 full-time residents
  • Three chief residents
  • 101 fellows
  • 1,513 Nurses have graduated from the RN Residency Program
  • 1,200 nursing students were taught at CHLA last year
  • 16 Support services training programs: Pharmacy, social work, child life, dentistry and other students

CHLA conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years in an effort to continually understand the health and social needs of the community. California Senate Bill 697 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and IRS section 501(r)(3) require non-profit hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment and subsequently develop an Implementation Strategy every three years. The CHNA is a primary tool used by the hospital to determine its Community Benefit Implementation Strategy (CBIS) . This assessment incorporates components of primary data collection and secondary data analysis that focus on the health and social needs of the service area.

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Read our past Community Health Needs Assessments: 2016 | 2013 | 2010 


In FY19, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in an effort to understand the health care needs and issues that affect children and adolescents in our community. The CHNA incorporated existing demographic and health data for the community served. It also included collection and analysis of input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital, including those with special knowledge of public health. The CHNA complies with California state and federal regulations regarding the provision of Community Benefits.

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As part of the CHNA, health and social needs were identified through an examination of primary and secondary data and then prioritized through a structured process using defined criteria.

Prioritized Health Needs

Mental Health
Economic Security/Poverty
Food Access
Homelessness (housing, children)
Access to Care
Child Abuse
Early Child Development
Preventative Care/Early Screening
Healthcare/Financial Literacy
Substance Abuse
Educational Attainment
Chronic Disease/Asthma
Involvement in Juvenile Justice System

Read our past Community Benefit Implementation Strategy plans: FY 2016-18 | FY 2014-15