The Health Innovation Community Partnership is an authentic, inclusive and dynamic civic engagement process for community stakeholders to shape and support innovative partnerships, policies, development, and programs that address community needs through the lens of health. The Partnership's role is to:
Inform development projects on the LAC+USC Medical Center and USC Health Sciences Campus.
Advise County development projects and priorities.
Identify and shape policy recommendations impacting the surrounding communities.
Be a strong and credible advocate for community interests.
Secure community benefits for current and future residents (e.g. local hire, affordable housing, health services, etc.).
Build a focus-driven collaborative of public, private, and community partners.
Build community leadership and capacity.
Meet regularly and participate in workgroups and community meetings to provide leadership and guidance, promote shared learning and collaboration.
Meaningfully engage community voices and interests.
The LAC+USC Medical Center Foundation, Inc. serves as the backbone organization for the Health Innovation Community Partnership and other complementary collaborative interventions working to improve health and wellbeing in Los Angeles. These include The Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital, the Boyle Heights Accountable Community for Health, and the Boyle Heights-Building Healthy Communities initiative. These efforts are helmed by the Foundation and based out of our offices located on the campus of the LAC+USC Medical Center, the largest safety net hospital in Los Angeles County. The Foundation works hand-in-hand with the Medical Center to support complementary care for patients as well as community engagement and population health services for local residents to ensure the Medical Center is at the heart of a thriving, healthy community.
The Partnership launched in 2017 with 40 original members invited by Supervisor Hilda Solis to serve as founding members. Partnership meetings are open to the public and new member applications are reviewed quarterly by the Membership Committee.
Alma Family Services
Yolanda Duarte-White, Board Chair
Diego Rodrigues, Executive Vice President
Frank Villalobos, President
Bravo Medical Magnet School
Dr. Luis M. Lopez, Principal
Cal State LA
Peter Hong, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Central City Association
Marie Rumsey, VP of Public Policy
Sandra Rossato, President & CEO
East Los Angeles College
Dr. Armida Ornelas, Vice President
Ozzie Lopez, Workforce Development
East Los Angeles Community Corporation
Isela Gracian, President & CEO
Pamela Agustin, Community Organizer
John Menchaca, President/CEO
East LA Women’s Center
Barbara Kappos, Executive Director
Rebeca Melendez, Project Manager
Monica Alcaraz, Coordinator
Grifols Biologicals, Inc.
Karen Glenn, Director of Community Engagement
Ray Rios, Chair
Jose Osuna, Director, External Affairs
Inner City Struggle
Maria Brenes, Executive Director
Henry Perez, Associate Director
Andrea Marchetti, President/CEO
Al Ballesteros, President/CEO
LA County CEO Office
Dave Howard, Assistant Chief
Doug Baron, Senior Manager
Kelly Quinn, Project Manager
LA County Department of Mental Health
Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Department Director
Gregory Polk, Chief Deputy Director
LA County Department of Public Health
Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Department Director
Cristin Mondy, Area Health Officer
LA County Department of Public Works
Andy Moey, Director
Alicia Ramos, Associate
Juan Sarda, Associate
LA County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services
Caroline Torosis, Director
Isidro Villanueva, Manager
LA County First District - Office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
Teresa Nuno, Senior Advisor
Guadalupe Duran-Medina, Planning Deputy
Waqas Rehman, Public Works Deputy
Hina Sheikh, Economic Development Deputy
LA County Probation Department
Terri McDonald, Chief Probation Officer
Sheila Mitchell, Chief Deputy
Alex Nieto, Senior Director
LA Latino Chamber of Commerce & C1P Solutions
Julius Argumedo, Board Member
LA Care Health Plan
Maribel Soria, Administrative Manager
LA Neighborhood Land Trust
Jose Gutierrez, Community Organizer
LAC+USC Medical Center
Jorge Orozco, CEO
Dr. Brad Spellberg, CMO
Latino Equality Alliance
Ari Gutierrez Arambula, Board Chair
Lou Calanche, Executive Director
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles
Yvonne Mariajimenez, Executive Director
Elva Yanez, Director of Health Equity
Greg Bonett, Staff Attorney
Betty Avila, Executive Director
The Wellness Center
Rosa Soto, Executive Director
Worker Education & Resource Center
Diane Factor, Executive Director