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Community Engagement

Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP)

Featured Community-based Projects

See each of the featured projects by clicking on the link below or scrolling down. 

Adolescent Health and Well-being Project

Partnership (Lundquist/Harbor-UCLA & Bright Star Charter Schools) to examine and explore the effects of a national school mental health club on mental illness stigma for students at three LAUSD high schools. 

Partnership Activities 
Surveys, interviews, focus groups, community conference on the topic.

ManuscriptsIn progress.

Barbershop and Blood Pressure Project


Barber Eric Mohammad and Mark Sims, seated, checking Sims' blood pressure.

Community health promotion by barbers (trusted peers) with specialty-level hypertension medication management delivered in the barbershops by clinical pharmacists led by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 

Partnership Activities 
Blood pressure screening and management done in local barbershops.

Faith-based Cancer Screening Project

Capacity building for church promotion of cancer screening, implementing community health educators to identify, provide counseling, and follow up to congregants or community members who have not received recommended cancer screenings. 

Partnership Activities 
Training of health educators, church and participant recruitment, evaluation of outcome, and potential effectiveness of the intervention. Community health conferences were organized highlighting project updates and results.

GenX Project


The GenX project works to engage older adult volunteers into grades K-3 classrooms to help students improve reading and math skills.

Partnership (UCLA & LA Unified School District) to promote greater health and wellness outcomes in at-risk older adults, while simultaneously supporting academic and behavioral outcomes for children. Places older community volunteers into grades K-3 classrooms to help students improve reading and math skills.

Partnership Activities 
Implementation support, data collection for adults and children, outcome analysis.

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Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative


Dr. Arleen Brown and D'Ann Morris present a poster on the design of HCNI.

Multifaceted community partnered study that aims to improve health and health care in a predominantly African American and Latino community in South Los Angeles. 

Partnership Activities 
Study protocol, community events, household surveys, data collection.


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