Community Programs and Impact
Each year, our programs and initiatives serve thousands of children in local communities through outreach, education and advocacy. From community health improvement services to education and research -- Children's Hospital Los Angeles collaborates with families, civic and community organizations, government agencies, educators, researchers, child advocates and policymakers to improve the health of the children and adolescents in local communities and across the region.
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Child Health Advocacy
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and their families by integrating medical care, education and research to provide the highest quality care and service to our diverse community.
Government, business and community relations serve the advocacy goals of the hospital, building a strong relationship between hospital leaders, local city representatives, councilmembers, Sacramento and Washington.
The Division of Government, Business and Community Relations provides a comprehensive guide to resources and advocacy tools to help parents and health care professionals learn the skills to become strong, informed advocates.
Resources for Healthcare Reform Information
- Center for Health Care Strategies
- Children's Hospital Association
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Health Access
28th Congressional District
U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff
24th State Senate District
Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De León
43rd Assembly District
Assemblymember Laura Friedman
City Council District 13
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
Injury prevention education is just one of the many ways Children's Hospital Los Angeles strives to keep children everywhere healthy.
Childhood Injury Prevention
The Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital is actively engaged, through its own work, along with its work in collaboration with injury coalitions in several actively programs designed to arm families with the information they need to keep their children injury-free. The goal of this program is to educate families so that they can avoid accidents that are often the cause of hospital visits to our Emergency Department for children each year.
Kohl’s Safety and Injury Prevention Program
In partnership with Kohl’s Cares for Kids, the Kohl’s Safety and Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles provides safety education and equipment for children and families in local communities. Look for program staff at health fairs and other community events where they provide safety demonstrations, share educational materials and answer parents' questions about how to keep their children safe.
Through the L.A. Street Smarts Program, our staff bring a kid-size interactive neighborhood to your school, church or community event. This interactive "set," combined with our trained staff, help children learn how to walk, run and play safely around and near streets in urban Los Angeles. Children are presented with activities as they walk through the child-sized city that teach them how to avoid cars backing out of driveways, watch traffic lights to know when it is safe to cross the street and even what to do if toys roll out into the street (and much more).
Children's Hospital Los Angeles' commitment to patients and their families extends well beyond the building walls. These activities ensure the hospital remains responsive to the needs of the community. This investment in the community helps make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and their families. Learn more about the programs we provide.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recognizes that the best way to serve its community is to understand its health care needs and the issues that affect children, adolescents, parents and families. In order to identify these needs, Children’s Hospital conducts the Community Health Needs Assessment.
Children's Hospital uses the Community Health Needs Assessment to develop its community benefit plan. This assessment incorporates components of primary data collection and secondary data analysis that focus on the health and social needs of the service area.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles collaborates with numerous community programs, civic leaders, health care organizations and hundreds of other organizations and associations, many of which are listed below.
- 211 Info Line
- American Cancer Society
- Armenian American Chamber of Commerce
- Asian Pacific Health Care Venture
- Bill Cruz Early Education Program
- California Highway Patrol
- Children’s Bureau of Southern California
- City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
- Community Redevelopment Agency
- Consulado General de Mexico in Los Angeles
- East Hollywood Neighborhood Council
- Family Voices
- Glendale Community College
- Great Beginnings for Black Babies
- Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership
- Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles
- Local legislative offices, universities, faith-based organizations and neighborhood councils
- Local YMCAs
- Los Angeles Access to Health Coverage Coalition
- Los Angeles City College
- Los Angeles City Council Districts
- Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
- Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
- Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
- Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency
- Los Angeles County Poison Prevention
- Los Angeles Fire Department
- Los Angeles Police Department
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- Los Angeles Urban League Head Start State Preschool
- March of Dimes
- Maternal Child Health Access
- Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
- New Economics for Women
- Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Para Los Niños
- Queen Anne Place Ready for School Center
- SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.
- South Central Family Health Center
- South Central Prevention Coalition
- State of California Kids Plates Program
- Thai Community Development Center
- United American Indian Involvement
At Children's Hospital, there are numerous resources available for community residents, which are not limited to patients and their families. Empowered with this information, community members are more likely to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
Visit our Patients and Families calendar to see upcoming events.
Nutrition Information for Children
Nutritional information for children, especially those who are sick or undergoing medical care, is significantly different from that of adults. Our nutrition staff maintain a wealth of pediatric dietary, allergy and nutrition information online -- information they have gained from working with chronically ill patients. Additionally, there are tips for parents to address behavioral issues around food and healthy eating. Some of these resources are also available in Spanish.
Our expert pediatric nurses regularly answer basic child health questions on the job.
Through CHLA's blog, our nurses are able to share these answers on a variety of pediatric topics with moms online.
Past blog posts include:
- Bicycle Helmets: Getting the Right Fit
- Choking: Knowing the Signs and What to Do
- Ear Infections: Causes and Symptoms; Treatment Options and Surgical Intervention
- Raising a Child with Food Allergies
- Reconizing the Signs of Asthma
- Safe Dieting While Breastfeeding
- Tonsillitis and Tonsillectomy
- Updates on Rear-Facing Car Seat Recommendations
Our hospital's Parent University program offers a free cohort of courses on health care for kids and teens to help demystify and simplify common child health topics for parents.
Each course is offered on a weekend, with classes available in both English and Spanish.
Lectures are provided by physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other specialists at our hospital, covering subjects including well-child visits, nutrition for kids, sleep, healthy toddlers and child safety.
Health Insurance Education for Families
Certified Covered California Educators are available in the community to assist families in finding the resources needed to obtain health insurance.
- Navigating the state’s health insurance exchange portal
- Shopping and comparing health insurance rates and options
- Learning whether you qualify for monthly premium assistance
- How to use your health insurance
- Your rights and responsibilities
- Advocating for health care services needed
- Learning about other family health access programs in Los Angeles County
- California Children's Services (CCS)
- Covered California
- Covered California Espanol
- Covered California Medi-Cal
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles serves as an economic engine for the neighborhood, spurring growth and development as one of East Hollywood’s largest employers.
Good Neighbor Initiative
Hospital staff are actively involved creating partnerships to improve surrounding neighborhoods and to create and sustain a healthier, safer more beautiful local community.
As part of the good neighbor initiative, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has partnered with Hollywood's Chamber of Commerce, East Hollywood Business Improvement District, Los Angeles City College, surrounding Neighborhood Councils and local civic groups to work on community development projects.
In collaboration with the East Hollywood Business Improvement District, the Office of Community Affairs participates in the planning and implementation of other neighborhood improvement initiatives.
In addition to the numerous educational opportunities offered to teens at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, programs encouraging teen health are also available, providing resources and services regarding HIV prevention, sex education and teen pregnancy.
Putting their years of expertise to work, our expert pediatric nurses blog answers to a variety of health care topics for teens and adolescents on CHLA's Blog.
Past blog posts include:
- Discussing Menstruation with Your Daughter: What's a Period?
- Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty
- Insulin Resistance: Dealing with the Diagnosis
- Teens & Texting: Setting Boundaries
Through Project NATEEN, pregnant and parenting teens receive a full spectrum of supportive services. Young parents, their families and partners work with specially-trained advocates to identify needs and the paths to accomplish them.
In addition to the educational opportunities available to graduate, current college students and undergraduate health professionals, Children's Hospital Los Angeles also offers an array of programs for high school students who have an interest in a future career in medicine. Read more.
- Careers in Health and Mentorship Program (CHAMP)
- Health Care Career Camp (Camp CHLA)
- Latino and African-American High School Internship Program (LA HIP)
- Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
Workforce Development - Careers in Health and Mentorship Program (CHAMP)
With the increasing focus on health economics, business and patient care support services, non-clinical careers are in demand. Children's Hospital Los Angeles, in partnership with Bank of America, has developed the Careers in Health and Mentorship Program (CHAMP) to help young adults in Los Angeles develop critical skills for entry-level employment. Read more.