The Latino Community Development Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of IRS Section 501(c)(3).
The mission of the Foundation is to educate and inform California’s Latinx community and broader state population about issues related to health and healthcare.
In the last several years the Foundation has organized and conducted public forums and Leadership Summits throughout the state to solicit testimony and review research concerning issues that impact all Californians. Statewide Forums have been conducted on the topics of Healthcare, Education, Juvenile Justice Reform and Housing Affordability and home ownership.
The Foundation has also organized community based grassroots health fairs in Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose in an effort to educate under served groups about the importance of the management of chronic illnesses. Community forums have also been convened throughout the state on housing affordability and the need for increased home ownership among minority communities.
Housing is increasingly seen as one of the core social determinants of health, the factors outside access to medical care, genetics, behavioral choices, or medical conditions that influence one’s wellness and ability to thrive. Access to safe, stable, and clean housing is one of the most fundamental environmental determinants of health and is connected to improved outcomes in education, health, asset building and civic engagement.
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color which are the most fragile and vulnerable. Education and outreach programs are key to improving health outcomes during the pandemic and beyond.