Confronted by continuing health disparities in vulnerable communities, Community Health Councils (CHC), a nonprofit community-based organization in South Los Angeles, worked with the African Americans Building a Legacy of Health Coalition and research partners to develop a community change model to address the root causes of health disparities within the community’s African American population.

This article discusses how the CHC Model’s development and application led to public policy interventions in a “food desert.” The CHC Model provided a systematic approach to engaging impacted communities in support of societal level reforms, with the goal to influence health outcomes.

Coauthored with LaVonna Blair Lewis, PhD; Lark Galloway-Gilliam, MPA; Gwendolyn Flynn, BA; Jonathan Nomachi, MPP & LaTonya Chavis Keener, MS

Family & community health 34 (2011): S92-S101. Copyright 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health|Lippincott Williams & Wilkins