History

As a result of decades of disinvestment in community resources such as grocery stores, health facilities, and recreational spaces, South Los Angeles residents have the highest rate of individuals who are obese or suffer from diabetes or heart disease in LA County.

Since 1990, Community Coalition has worked in partnership with residents, service providers, and public agencies to improve community conditions that have a direct impact on the mental and physical health of youth and adults living in South LA.

Everyone should be able to afford adequate housing without giving up healthy food, medical care, or other necessities, or accepting unsafe housing conditions. Everyone should have access to healthy food options in their community. Having access to a nearby supermarket can encourage a better diet and eating behaviors, lower the costs of obtaining food, reduce chronic diseases, and lower the risk of food insecurity.1

Everybody should also have access to parks and other open spaces near their home. Parks can encourage physical activity, reduce chronic diseases, improve mental health, foster community connections, and support community resilience to climate change and pollution.2

Our Work

A happy community is a healthy community. And a healthy community is one where residents have access to a quality education, adequate employment, transportation, physical activity, and nutrition. Health is not merely the absence of disease, but also the presence of resources that benefit the mind, body and soul.

That means partnering with community businesses that promote nutritious food and health lifestyles. It means supporting businesses that provide healthy food at reasonable prices, like Hank’s Mini Market and the Freedom Food ProjectBusinesses that give South LA access to organic fruits and vegetables like Community Services Unlimited. And those that offer healthy outlets to work through stress and trauma, like the yoga studio at The Tree South LA. 

Mind, Body and Soul Resources

A Toast to Artistry

Sip-n-Paint events. Select a featured painting by date. Purchase your ticket(s) and your spot is automatically reserved for the class you chose. Your name will be on the check-in list when you arrive.  Get ready to paint, sip, and have lots of fun!

Black Girls Run! (Los Angeles)

In 2009, Black Girls RUN! was created in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The goal of “Black Girls Run” is to encourage and motivate black women to practice a healthy lifestyle

Contra-Tiempo Company Class:

Every week, a different Contra-Tiempo teaching artist will lead a virtual class to get you groovin’ and movin’. Check out their instagram for weekly class details (@contra_tiempo).

Dancing Familias

Artistic Director, Ana Maria, will lead a family friendly dance class to work-out our joy muscle.

Hosted by Dancing Diaspora Founder, Marina Magalhães, this dance class seeks to translate such ideas into the body — how can we embody principles of Latin & African diasporic dance practices while exploring our own unique expression?

Da Poetry Lounge

Every Tuesday they have open mic for poets and every 3rd Tuesday is a special event.  There is a cover charge.

Crisis Text Line

Text “Home” to 741741 and it lets people connect to a trained crisis counselor without having to talk on the phone.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 800-273-8255 or text “Hope” to 916-668-ICAN) offers free, confidential 24/7 help.

Emmada Psychology Center

With an emphasis on empowering communities through healing, Emmada is also focused on addressing healthcare disparities.

Hot and Cool Cafe

Every Sunday live performances. Afro Zen on Sundays and it’s free.

Relational Center

We exist to promote the essential importance of relationships. When we value our connections with others and with the environment, we create the necessary conditions for health and sustainability. So our work promotes personal, interpersonal, and social practices that help people build strong, resilient relationships. Our programs provide healing support, a space for community building, and tools for leadership.