What is the Office of Community?
In November 2018, the Office of Community was formed to establish trust in UCLA Health by having a direct on the ground street presence and engaging in equitable and impactful health and wellness initiatives in strategic alignment with internal stakeholders and key community partners.
The Office of Community envisions a culture in which active community engagement and equitable and accessible health and wellness initiatives are embraced as UCLA Health core workplace values, with UCLA Health positioned as the most trusted health care provider across the diverse communities of Southern California.
Additionally, the Office of Community supported the annual Los Angeles Care Harbor event, which provided free medical, dental, vision and preventive care to over 1,000 homeless, underinsured and underserved Angelenos. The Office of Community participated in outreach efforts for veterans through the UCLA Veterans Affairs Relations and Programs and coordinated multiple events with our community partners in targeted underserved communities.
In FY 2020-2021, Office of Community efforts were focused on providing COVID-19 safety education, as well as distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and distance learning supplies through our corporate and community partnerships, including those with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, Lakers Youth Foundation and the American Heart Association. COVID-safe, drive-through events became the norm as stay-at-home orders precluded gathering indoors.
Additionally, the Office of Community supported global humanitarian initiatives, including Operation Beirut and Operation Armenia projects, in collaboration with UCLA Health International Services and the Promise Armenia Institute. For both efforts, the office collected critically needed medical supplies during and following recent tragedies and conflicts in those areas.