Strong Latino political statements are often made in local communities, yet rates of participation in statewide and national policy remain low. The reality is that civic engagement in California must change to meet the needs of its changing demographics. A socio-political infrastructure is needed that engages Latinos at the local level, allows them to interact with other community leaders and elected officials and contributes to their full and active participation in government’s decision-making process.
Latino Regional Health Networks
A key strategy pursued by LCHC to empower communities is the development and support of a socio-political infrastructure that engages Latinos at the local level. LCHC, with its regional partners, has created Regional Networks in several key geographic areas of the state including:
The Regional Networks' community members include community service organizations, civic groups and local leaders and its mission is to empower Latinos in these specified regions to fully participate in health planning implementation, evaluation and advocacy through the development and support of a socio-political infrastructure that:
In planning for the Regional Networks, the objectives are to: create a forum for community leaders to engage in dialogue with other community leaders regarding regional pressing health issues; form partnerships with non-traditional partners interested in Latino health; reflect on current and alternative health policy reform; develop a regional Latino health agenda; and mobilize to support priority health issues impacting the regional community.
LCHC welcomes your participation to develop and implement a regional Latino Health Agenda.