Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)—the only statewide organization with a specific emphasis on Latino health—was founded in 1992 by health care providers, consumers and advocates to impact Latino health by focusing on policy development, providing enhanced information, and community involvement.
LCHC accomplishes our mission by working to address inequities in quality of health care; building advocacy for high quality, culturally relevant, and linguistically appropriate health care and prevention services; informing the public to make choices that favor better health outcomes; and empowering communities to fully participate in health planning, implementation, evaluation, and advocacy. Three major functions provide essential focus to the organization’s work: public policy and advocacy; community education; and health equity research. These functions complement LCHC’s work in four key strategic areas: chronic disease prevention, health care access, Immigrant Rights, and oral health.
Through our Rapid Response Network and partnership with community-based organizations, community members, and our Regional Network Members in all nine regions of the state, LCHC affiliates stand ready to be mobilized to impact public policies, services, and conditions that affect Latino health.