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South Figueroa Corridor Overview


South Los Angeles faces some of the most daunting challenges of any community in the state. Nearly 4 in 10 households live below the Federal Poverty Level; unemployment is at 17 percent, well above the state level; substandard housing conditions with unresponsive slumlords; six in 10 adults 25 and older lack a high school diploma; underperforming schools; an embedded gang presence and high rates of violence and drug dealing; an inadequate health care safety-net infrastructure to help stem the rising tide of health disparities, including disturbingly high rates of lead poisoning among children; and inadequate access to healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables due to a lack of full-service grocery stores.


Despite this, community leaders and community-based organizations are engaging residents to tackle these issues that contribute to the overall health of their community. In addition, a number of the area's local elected officials are working with the community to help ameliorate the social, economic and health equity issues that serve as barriers to the health of the communities within this region of Los Angeles.


Furthermore, there are also efforts to engage youth in improving their communities which have resulted in changes for the better within some of the neighborhoods in this region. But much more work needs to be done as the historical level of disinvestment by business and others in this region of Los Angeles has taken its toll on these communities.


The California Endowment will focus within sections of the South Los Angeles neighborhoods located in the South Figueroa Corridor/Vermont-Manchester areas. Each have demonstrated a commitment to improving community health and The Endowment looks forward to partnering with them to build healthy communities where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.


Fran Jemmott, Project Director
Social Action Partners

Email: franjemmott@socialactionpartners.org
Phone: 213.493.6540

Chavonne Taylor, Project Coordinator

Social Action Partners

Email: ctaylor@socialactionpartners.org

Phone: 213.493.6544

Cadonna Dory, Communications/Media Coordinator
Social Action Partners

Email: cadonnadory@socialactionpartners.org

Phone: 213.493.6541

Sammie Stinson, Project Intern
Social Action Partners

Email: sammiestinson@socialactionpartners.org
Phone: 213.493.6543

Tamu Jones, Program Manager
The California Endowment

Email: tjones@calendow.org
Phone: 213.928.8800
Building Healthy Communities South Los Angeles: Hub Structure

Who comprises the Community Collaborative?

  • Individuals, organizations and systems leaders living in/with a strong presence in the SLA/BHC corridor who wish to advance the strategies outlined in the logic model and narrative 

What is its role?

  • Central place where the SLA community learns, becomes informed and communicates on the work of the SLA/BHC; three meetings a year 

Outcome Work Groups

Who comprises:

  • Grantees
  • Other CBOs/ Community institutions (not yet funded)
  • Youth and Residents
  • Systems Representatives

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Build and sustain momentum among organizations receiving grants and contributing to funded strategies
  • Engage and integrate into HUB work those organizations and individual leaders that may not be TCE grantees
  • Hold grantees accountable to community and to logic model (not to individual grant outcomes)
  • Engage with systems leaders in workgroups as invited by workgroup 
  • Report on progress to SLA/BHC Council

BHC SLA Council

Who comprises the SLA/BHC Council ?

  • 16 - 25 members composed of:
  • 10 - 15 grantees and systems leaders (2-3 each from each outcome workgroup; at least 1 must be grantee),
  • 3-5 youth council members, and
  • 3-5 resident council members
  • Grantees, systems leaders, youth and residents selected by representative bodies (workgroups)

Functions of BHC SLA Council

Key Role: Decision-making body for HUB-related actions

  • Decision-making body for the SLA/BHC collaborative policies, protocols and actions
  • Makes recommendations to Foundation
  • Helps inform work of the HUB Convener
  • Informs agenda of Community Collaborative
  • Decides who will represent group in Foundation-wide discussions and workshops
  • Accountability body for SLA/BHC (not a grant monitoring role)
  • Approval of planned actions, activities.
  • Guidance and feedback to the Outcome Work Groups
  • Reviews and recommends opportunities for leveraging resources
  • Meets 5-6 times a year

Steering Committee

Who comprises the Steering Committee?

  • 11-15 members comprised
  • Elected from among representatives to the SLA/BHC Council.
  • 3-5 youth and residents nominated respective councils
  • 3-5 systems leaders and 5 grantee representatives from Outcome Workgroups

What is its role?

  • Steers the work of the SLA/BHC Council  
  • Makes recommendations to SLA/BHC Council, when and where appropriate
  • Recommends agenda for SLA/BHC Council Meetings
  • Plans methods for leadership development, learning opportunities and ways of educating community about the work of organizations participating in the HUB
  • Recommends meeting locations, presenters and others bringing information to the HUB members
  • Reviews and recommends content for communication pieces (newsletter and website) for the SLA/BHC

Julio Zaldivar,
Jul 6, 2012, 11:22 AM