Transforming the urban food desert from the grassroots up: A model for community change (2011)

Abstract 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. [...]

Developing Networks for Community Change: Exploring the Utility of Network Analysis (2011)

Abstract This article demonstrates how network analysis can be used to develop a better understanding of a community-based network and steps that might be taken to facilitate network development. The focal network in this study was organized by a local non-profit organization as part of their effort to effect community-level change. The activities of this [...]

Barriers to School Lunch

We explored how perceived barriers and facilitators influence healthy eating and investigated the acceptability of changes to school lunch meals among adolescents after implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Methods: We conducted 8 focus groups with adolescents (N = 64) at 3 South Los Angeles high schools. Data collection instruments included a semi-structured guide and questionnaire. Two researchers independently coded transcripts. Results: Most participants … Read More

Physical Activity Barriers

Objective: To understand perceived barriers and facilitators to physical activity (PA) among at-risk African American and Hispanic adolescents and adults in a low-income community. Design: Qualitative research was conducted in 2014-2015 using focus groups and a sociodemographic survey. Setting: Three high schools in South Los Angeles, California. Participants: Eight high school-aged adolescent focus groups (n … Read More

Can We Be Partners? community collaboration

Problem, research strategy, and findings: Sherry Arnstein castigated planners for their tokenistic participation processes. Since then, planning scholars and practitioners have attempted to improve these processes. We report on a Los Angeles (CA) case where Community Health Councils, Inc. (CHC) partnered with the city planners, public health officials, foundations, academics, and residents to pass a … Read More