On assignment for the National Health Foundation :
Recuperative Care
Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT)
Youth Engagement Team
Health Academy

·         Recuperative Care – Provides hospitals with a safe discharge option for individuals experiencing homelessness who are not sick enough to remain in the hospital, but too sick for a shelter. The program provides individuals with a safe, clean environment to recuperate, medical oversight, linkages to primary care physicians and intensive case management services  to thereby reduce their chances of relapse and costly re-hospitalization. Intensive case management focuses on linkages to permanent housing and permanent supportive housing for individuals.

·         Harold Cares About Your Future: Pregnant and Parenting Teen (PPT)  – A school-based teen pregnancy prevention program empowering pregnant teen mothers to avoid a subsequent pregnancy, develop a positive, healthy pregnancy, birth and parenting experience, and remain in school with the goal of graduation. Overarching, the program aims to empower teen parents to develop lifelong healthy behaviors for self and child and increase academic achievement.

·         Health Academy – A youth-driven afterschool program engaging youth in leadership, critical thinking, problem solving and community-based research to address obesity and obesity related illnesses. The program empowers youth to apply comprehensive evidence-based obesity prevention strategies and advance policy, systems and environmental changes to increase consumption of healthy foods, reduce consumption of less healthy foods and beverages, and increase levels of physical activity to thereby build a healthier community.

USDA Tours National Health Foundation’s Successful Youth-Led Health Academy Programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Administrator Audrey Rowe met with youth and leadership of the National Health Foundation’s (NHF) innovative youth-led Health Academy program to highlight successful implementation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program –Education (SNAP-Ed) funded Champions for Change grant, administered locally by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.  The goal of SNAP-Ed […]

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National Health Foundation Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Address High Obesity Rates in Historic South Central Los Angeles

National Health Foundation (NHF) was awarded $880,000 from the Los Angeles CountyDepartment of Public Health with funding from the California Department of Public Health and the United States Department of Agriculture. The grant will support the Champions for Change – Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among low-income Supplemental Nutrition […]

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Partnering for a Healthier South LA

National Health Foundation (NHF) and partners know firsthand that to improve the health of individuals and underserved communities the work cannot be done alone. Collaboration is necessary, and forming multi-sectoral partnerships to align resources, leverage partnerships, and synergize upstream prevention efforts –  is key to building a healthier community. Under the BUILD Health LA initiative, […]

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A Community Comes Together for a Healthier Future

In 2015, National Health Foundation (NHF), California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), and the Los Angeles County Department of PublicHealth (LACDPH) were awarded a BUILD Health Challenge planning grant to launch the BUILD Health LA initiative. The novel partnership had a specific goal: address the complex issues of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Turning our attention […]

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School-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Leads to Longer, Healthier Lives

Designed and facilitated by NHF, Be a STAR girls is a school-based teen pregnancy prevention program for adolescent females at-risk for a first time pregnancy. The program focuses on healthy behaviors, family planning, skill development, communication, and goal oriented behavior to empower teen girls to prevent unplanned pregnancies and improve their overall health, well-being, and […]

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Bridge Housing: Connecting the Homeless to Housing After Hospitalization

The recent 2015 homeless count conducted by the Los Angeles HousingServices Authority showed a staggering 44,359 homeless individuals in LA County, a 12% increase in the last two years. Although partly due to a change in methodology, the count is seen as more accurate than ever before. In addition, LA’s chronic homeless population has grown […]

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Harold Cares About Your Future: Teen Pregnancy Prevention with a Heart

During Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, celebrated each May, we turn our attention to our teen pregnancy prevention programs. These services are critically important in encouraging young people to develop life-long goals, helping them to understanding the consequences of their actions and supporting them as they realize their potential. Harold Edelstein had a simple wish: to […]

Rethinking School Nutrition: National Health Foundation’s Health Academy Increases Access to Healthy Options Through Innovative Youth-Led Projects

The school cafeteria has been the subject of plenty of derision over the years given such negative perceptions of the food served and limited resources to meet the demands of a diverse student body. In the Los AngelesUnified School District (LAUSD), home to 640,000 students in more than 1,187 schools, the subject of school nutrition […]