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About HICP

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.

Backbone Organization

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


Barrio Planners

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


Clinica Romero

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


Eastside LEADS

Pamela Agustin, Community Organizer


El Arca

John Menchaca, President/CEO


East LA Women’s Center

Barbara Kappos, Executive Director

Rebeca Melendez, Project Manager


Exodus Recovery

Monica Alcaraz, Coordinator


Grifols Biologicals, Inc.

Karen Glenn, Director of Community Engagement


Hillside Village

Ray Rios, Chair


Homeboy Industries

Jose Osuna, Director, External Affairs


Inner City Struggle

Maria Brenes, Executive Director

Henry Perez, Associate Director


Jovenes Inc.

Andrea Marchetti, President/CEO


JWCH Institute

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


Legacy LA

Lou Calanche, Executive Director


Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles

Yvonne Mariajimenez, Executive Director


Prevention Institute

Elva Yanez, Director of Health Equity


Public Counsel

Greg Bonett, Staff Attorney


Resident Leaders

Ana Bryan

Blanca Espinoza

Maria Leon

Liliana Martinez

Carina Sanchez


Self-Help Graphics

Betty Avila, Executive Director


The Wellness Center

Rosa Soto, Executive Director


Worker Education & Resource Center

Diane Factor, Executive Director

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