The Magnolia Community Initiative (MCI) aims to support, nurture and educate 35,000 children living in low income areas of Los Angeles.
The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities supports a learning system that encourages experimentation to change outcomes for the population of children and their families. The UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is collaborating with the Magnolia Initiative to link investigators from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with community partners in applied research in health behaviors, health care and community mobilization.
The Magnolia Initiative operates within Los Angeles' West Adams, Pico Union and North Figueroa Corridor neighborhoods. The project draws together more than 70 county, city and community organizations to create a safe, supportive system to help children and their entire communities.
MCI, which was formed in 2008, takes information gleaned from years of research about what helps children thrive. This includes building a community culture that supports health and well-being for everyone.