UCLA Health - Helping U Help Your Community

Always moving, never out of breath
Helping people with developmental disabilities navigate the health care system for better well-being
Community Partners in Care:
Working with community partners to scale mental health services and reduce social risk factors across LA County
Supporting stronger health and educational outcomes through intergenerational exchange
Mobile Eye Clinic:
Bringing high-quality eye care to kids in underserved communities, improving learning development and wellbeing
Vote for your favorite community project to help it to win $20,000.
Voting period: January 12 – 30. See below for more information.


Winner is Announced

February 12, 2015
  • Launch
    July 24, 2014
  • Entry Deadline
    October 9, 2014
  • Voting start
    January 12, 2015
  • Voting end
    January 30, 2015
  • Winner is Announced
    February 12, 2015

Community engagement is integral to the missions of UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Together with Ashoka Changemakers, UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have launched the Helping U Help the Community competition to seek innovative solutions to critical health issues in the Los Angeles region. This regional competition will identify the most transformative partnerships between UCLA faculty and community partners, and then fund community-partnered research or service-learning projects most likely to make a difference in the health of Los Angeles and beyond.

Nationally, effective involvement of affected communities is proving to be an essential when addressing critical health needs. Within this context, UCLA’s goal is to boost health and erase healthcare disparities by bringing together academic institutions with diverse partners like neighborhood organizations, health-service providers, businesses, philanthropic supporters, governments, and the broader community.

Therefore, the regional competition will reward partnerships proposing actionable solutions that (a) provide short-term relief to critical health needs in the local community, and (b) promise long-term benefits and sustained impact. These needs will be determined based on those conditions associated with the greatest morbidity, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, AIDS, depression and violence.

Many worthy community-based research proposals lack funding, and so the Helping U Help the Community competition provides seed investments to support projects until further investments are obtained.


Discover more at www.community.medschool.ucla.edu.


Five monetary prizes of $20,000 will be awarded to community-partnered or service-learning projects. Prizes will be awarded to the UCLA faculty member but there is an expectation that the funding will be used in a way that best supports the partnership in implementing the project submitted to the competition.

  • Winners must have a clear plan for sharing the $20,000 prize with community partners.
  • Funds need to be spent by June 30th 2016.
  • An interim progress report and final report will be required.



Finalists for UCLA’s Helping U Help the Community competition will be those that best meet the above criteria and help improve health outcomes in the Los Angeles region.

Innovation. The best entries will be those that present a uniquely effective approach to improving health outcomes in the Los Angeles region.  Entries should describe how their solutions are driven by original, groundbreaking ideas. Innovation does not necessarily involve inventing something entirely new, and may include:

  • Ideas, strategies or partnerships with an ability to replicate and sustain their activities;
  • Established projects, which are applied in a new way to reach more people;
  • Inventive, effective healthcare delivery strategies; or
  • Inventive ways to effect health outcomes in the health conditions associated with the greatest morbidity, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, AIDS, depression and violence.

Social Impact. Entries must describe how they are or intend to improve health outcomes. The best solutions will feature demonstrated impact, as well as the potential to grow the impact on a regional scale. Entries should explain how the solution measures impact through both quantitative and qualitative data.

Sustainability. We're interested in ideas that have a clear plan for raising funds in the short term, whether or not those resources have already been acquired.  They should also have a realistic time frame for implementation. The most successful entrants demonstrate they have strong partnerships to address ongoing needs, support growth, and maintain a clear financial strategy. 

How to Enter

  • Complete the entry form and submit it by the entry deadline: October 9, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PST. You may continue to edit and modify your entry up until this deadline.
  • For advice about how to create a better entry and boost your chances of winning, read these tips.
  • If you have any questions about the entry process or experience any problems when entering the challenge, please contact vhlee@mednet.ucla.edu or call (310) 206-0656.


Competition Deadlines

  • Entry Stage: July 24, 2014 - October 9, 2014, 11:59 p.m. PST
  • Judging and Evaluation: October 9, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Finalists Announced: January 2015 (specific date to be confirmed)
  • Online Public Voting: January 2015 (specific dates to be confirmed)
  • Winners Announced: February 2015 (specific date to be confirmed)

Competition entries

Title Contributor Location
Southern L.A. Patient Navigation & Wellness Center Roberto Vargas Los Angeles, United States
Community Partners in Care (CPIC) Bowen Chung Los Angeles, United States
UCLA Mobile Eye Clinic (UMEC) Andrew Bae Los Angeles, United States
UCLA Breathmobile maria garcia Los Angeles and Long Beach, United States
LA Intergenerational "Generation Xchange" Program Teresa Seeman South Los Angeles, United States
Summer Urban Health Fellowship Gilberto Granados Wilmington , United States
Youth Opportunities for Life Options (YOLO) Jyoti Puvvula Los Angeles, United States
Autism in the African American Community Themba Carr Los Angeles, United States
The Achievable Health Center Linda Demer Los Angeles, United States
UCLA TIES for Families Audra Langley Los Angeles, United States