Building Healthy Communities

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Data presented in the Health Profiles are just the tip of the iceberg. Additional estimates are available upon request. 

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Building Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10 year, $1 billion comprehensive community initiative launched by The California Endowment (TCE) in 2010 to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California's communities most devastated by health inequities into places where all people have an opportunity to thrive. To understand the health challenges facing these communities, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research was asked to collect health data as part of the 2009 and 2015 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009 and CHIS 2015). This health data helps measure and understand the successes and challenges faced by the Building Healthy Communities experiment over its decade-long investment.

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Health Profiles are available for all 14 communities participating in the BHC initiative. These profiles describe the health of adults, teens, and children living in each of the 14 BHC communities. Click here to view these profiles or learn how to obtain additional data. ​

BHC Data Collection

Read about how data were collected in the BHC sites. Learn who participated in the survey, what questions were asked, and how to cite the data. Learn more about BHC data collection and methods.

About BHC

In 2010, The California Endowment launched a 10 year initiative to improve the health of 14 communities in the state. This involves efforts to improve employment, education, housing, neighborhood safety, environmental conditions, access to healthy foods and other things. The goal of this initiative is to improve the conditions under which young people in underserved communities can be healthy and thrive. Learn more at

About CHIS

CHIS is the nation's largest state health survey and one of the largest health surveys in the United States. CHIS offers free data files, as well as customized health statistics through easy-to-use online tools like AskCHIS and AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition. Additional health profiles on California counties, regions, state, and other geographic areas are also available. Learn more about CHIS.

BHC Factsheets

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) data have been used to create Fact Sheets examining current health issues in greater depth. Fact Sheet topics examined include eligibility for health insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physical activity,  access to parks, dietary behaviors and food environment.