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Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative (HAPPI)


Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative (HAPPI) is an academic-community collaborative partnership to increase clinical preventive service (CPS) use by low income African American and Latino adults age 50  and older who have been historically underserved.  To achieve this goal HAPPI aims to accomplish the following objectives through a partnership between the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, the Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging.


1) Establish a collaborative prevention initiative that leverages existing community assets to promote the use of CPS by October 31, 2014;

2) Increase the capacity of the Southside Community Coalition member clinics to promote and deliver CPS through education, technical assistance (TA), referral development and practice redesign by August 31, 2015;
3) Increase community capacity to increase CPS awareness and use through training, technical assistance, and pathways to CPS at participating Southside Community Coalition member clinics by January 31, 2016.
4) Support community engagement through a small grant component to conduct 8-10 evidence-based, culturally tailored CPS interventions Oct 31, 2015-Apr 30, 2017;
5) Foster sustainability of CPS practice through the development and dissemination of a community action guide by August 31 2017.


HAPPI is funded through a three year grant, September 1, 2014-August 31, 2017, from the US DHHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards Program (NPPA) (U.S. DHHS Grant No. 1 PAWOS000015-01-00). HAPPI is supplemented by a planning grant from the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) (NIH/NCATS UCLA CTSI Grant Number UL1TR000124 and SC CTSI Grant Number UL1TR000130) to support a formative assessment November 1, 2014-April 30, 2015 of clinic and community needs to engage in CPS promotion and delivery. 

U.S. DHHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) supports grants, authorized under the Public Health Service Act, for community health programs for new and innovative programs in health information and health promotion, preventive health services, and education in the appropriate use of health care. The National Prevention Partnerships Awards Program funding is designed to establish a national effort to create a network of partnerships and resources to promote health and wellness, educate and train, and establish communication programs to all community populations, regardless of social and economic barriers, and race and ethnicity.

UCLA CTSI is an academic-community partnership to accelerate scientific discoveries and clinical breakthroughs to improve health and health care in Los Angeles, the most populous county, and among the most diverse, in the United States. Its mission is to create a borderless clinical and translational research institute that brings UCLA resources and innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of Los Angeles. It is one of 61 CTSAs supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH.