OVERVIEW: SC CTSI's Community Engagement (CE) group is building a new partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), which is piloting the Community Health Worker Place-Based Approach to Health (CHW PATH).
GOALS: This program identifies and sustains effective practices, interventions, and policies to address social determinants of health, reduce disparities, and improve health in historically under-resourced communities. Through this partnership, we will implement a “place-based’ approach to our work in South LA, where we have deep roots and which we believe will allow us to create more impactful and sustainable outcomes. Our work will center around the needs of residents in Nickerson Gardens Housing Project, which includes 156 buildings housing over 14,000 residents.
CURRENT STATUS: Our Research Ambassador Kimberly Dockett lives on-site and is a community leader within Nickerson Gardens. She is also an SC CTSI employee. She has been instrumental in developing relationships with members of the South LA community, assisting with outreach and promotion for local events, and helping to engage Nickerson Gardens residents in our various programs geared toward the African American and Latino communities.
Following ongoing formative work to better understand community needs around the COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer Community Listening Sessions, Our Community/Our Health-LA, Research 101 trainings and other health campaigns tailored to their needs during this crisis. We have conducted two listening sessions, one in 2020 and one in 2021. A list of themes is attached.