Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable Launches Building Healthy Communities Initiative in America’s Most Impoverished Cities

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable

January 2, 2012
for Immediate Release
Contact: Ingrid Spasser
310-995-3191

 

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable Launches Building Healthy Communities Initiative in America’s Most Impoverished Cities

 

The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable announced on Tuesday, January 2 the launch of its Building Healthy Communities Initiative in the five most impoverished American cities. The cities are: Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas, Pine Bluff, Ark., McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, Albany, Ga., and Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Bristol, Va. These cities were named by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 as having the highest poverty rates in the nation.

The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative will expand the organization’s on-going work to help build self-reliance and sustainability in the nation’s most underserved communities in the areas of violence prevention, at risk youth training, leadership mentoring and tutoring, financial education, health and nutrition awareness, arts, cultural and media training, college financial support, and civic engagement. The program will award Impact Micro Awards to community organizations in the five selected cities that best fulfill that mission.

The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable will work with city officials and community leaders in the impoverished cities to select and support those community organizations that have a consistent track record in working to improve health, education, and economic uplift programs in their cities. Impact Micro Awards will continue to be given as in the past to groups in Los Angeles and other cities to build community self-reliance and sustainability.

“The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable’s  Building Healthy Communities Initiative will support the on-going efforts of city officials and community leaders in America’s most under served cities, “ says Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, “ In their fight against poverty, and to boost health,  education, and public services in their cities.”

The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable gives special thanks to the Wells Fargo Foundation, Weingart Foundation, New America Media and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks for their generous support of the Impact Awards Program and Building Healthy Communities Initiative.

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