Project Summaries

Building Healthy Communities, Central Long Beach (BHC)

A place-based initiative funded by The California Endowment (TCE), in 14 communities to develop a health collaborative of residents, community-based organizations, and government leaders. read more

Partnership for the Public’s Health (PPH)

Evaluation of a California Endowment-funded initiative to strengthen and mobilize communities, health departments, and local partnerships to identify and address community health concerns. read more

CDC Health Leader Study

An evaluation of monetary incentives compared to other forms of recognition on the productivity and satisfaction of volunteer community health leaders. read more

The Cambodian Family

The Cambodian Family is a grassroots, community-based organization serving Cambodian and Latino neighborhoods in Santa Ana, California. In partnership, CHER evaluates programming, and designed and conducted a community needs assessment which highlighted determinants of health, community assets, challenges, and gaps in existing services. read more

Project Details

  • Building Healthy Communities, Central Long Beach (BHC) 

    Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a ten year, place-based initiative funded by The California Endowment (TCE), designed to develop a collaborative structure with residents, community-based organizations, and government leaders to address policy issues affecting health. Central/West Long Beach is one of 14 communities in California selected by TCE. CHER conducts Learning and Evaluation (L&E) activities for BHCLB, and is a part of the “BHCLB Hub Host Team” which is the core team that assists with the facilitation, logistics, strategic planning for technical assistance, and is the official liaison between the community and TCE learning and evaluation.

  • CDC Health Leader Study 

    This CDC-funded study evaluated the impact of monetary incentives versus other types of support and recognition on the retention, productivity and satisfaction of volunteer community health leaders. The feedback from 26 Health Leaders in Long Beach who received monetary and non-monetary incentives was compared with 26 Health Leaders from another community who were not given monetary incentives. Both groups of Health Leaders reported high levels of satisfaction throughout their participation in the study, but the Long Beach Health Leaders were more productive when they received money.

  • Partnership for the Public’s Health (PPH) 

    This project was a statewide initiative funded by the California Endowment. Its goals were to

    • Strengthen communities to identify and address health concerns,
    • Strengthen and mobilize health departments to better serve communities, and
    • Mobilize local partnerships to strengthen systems for identifying and addressing health issues in California.

    Community residents formed the core of the PPH project and were trained as Health Leaders. CHER led the evaluation of the project including, but not limited to, participant observation, development and administration of workshop evaluations, facilitation of focus groups, and development and administration of surveys.

    The results showed members of different communities and cultures discovered that many of their community and health concerns were similar and were able to work and learn together, and began to share this information with other community members. The community partnerships were also strengthened during the course of the project. One of the most remarkable indicators of success was the cooperation and coordination of activities between the two participating community-based organizations and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

  • The Cambodian Family 

    Funded by the Office of Minority Health Partnerships Active in Communities to Achieve Health Equity (PAC) Program – Healthy Changes Partnership, The Cambodian Family is a grassroots, community-based organization, located close to the Cambodian and Latino neighborhoods of Santa Ana, Orange County, California. 

    The program is designed to provide services to Cambodian and Latino families in Santa Ana, in the health areas of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  CHER assists The Cambodian Family in evaluating the program and designing and conducting a community needs assessment, which highlighted cultural, environmental, and social health determinants, community assets, challenges, threats, opportunities, and gaps in existing health and social support services. 

    The community needs assessment assisted The Cambodian Family in highlighting disparities in health and policy-making forums, enhancing health programs, building community collaborations, and understanding residents’ and providers’ willingness and ability to make changes to improve the health of these communities.