From its inception at UC Irvine, the Community Knowledge Project hasn't been alone in the effort to uproot inequalities in health.

To the left you'll find some of the organizations that we've partnered with along the way and others that are simply working towards a similar cause. Click to learn more about each one.

Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO)

OCCCO is a faith-based community organization working to strengthen families and improve neighborhoods. Our mission is to empower people to take responsibility for communities, to shape public policy, and to build a legacy of leadership throughout Orange County.

Valencia Task Force

Southwest Fullerton’s Valencia Task Force is a group of low income, Spanish speaking individuals who have worked diligently to improve their community. In the past two years, the Task Force has consulted widely with the community and City officials and as a result has seen the city approve almost $300,000 to improve safety in the area. The group has also had a great deal of input in the soon to be completed neighborhood health clinic and runs a number of programs for kids and community members in the neighborhood.

Latino Health Access (LHA)

Latino Health Access (LHA) is an award winning, non-profit, 501c3 organization that was established in 1993. The center was created to assist with the multiple health needs of Latinos in Orange County. LHA assists in improving the quality of life and health of uninsured, under-served people through quality preventive services and educational programs, emphasizing full participation in decisions affecting health.

People Acting in Community Together (PACT)

Founded in 1985, People Acting in Community Together is an inter-faith, grassroots organization that empowers everyday people to create a more just community. PACT provides leadership training and experience to community members of many different ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Through PACT, people work together to solve the most pervasive social problems of our day.

El Centro Cultural de Mexico, Santa Ana

El Centro Cultural de Mexico is an alternative space in Santa Ana where the community can find cultural, educational, and artistic activities that strengthen their identities, develop their talents and develop a sense of leadership in their community. By engaging Orange County residents and communities through community outreach efforts, it supports inter and intra-cultural interaction and dialogue among Orange County’s residents by creating a variety of programs which enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. Through educational programming, which includes workshops in dance, music, art, and literacy, it promotes understanding and appreciation of the contributions of the many cultures in our region by sharing knowledge of Mexico’s rich cultural, and educational, and social legacy.

Librería Martínez Books and Art Gallery, Santa Ana

The mission of Librería Martínez Books and Art Gallery is to promote Latino literature and art. At the heart of our mission is the commitment to inspire in schools and communities a greater appreciation for education, art and culture. By showcasing top-notch regional, national and international Latino authors and artists, we are building a business which provides educational value to our society and fosters long-term relationships with customers and friends.

UC Irvine Department of Chicano/Latino Studies

The Department of Chicano/Latino Studies is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Americans of Latin American origin. This diverse population includes people who trace their heritage to Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and many other Latin American and Caribbean nations. The Curriculum seeks to provide an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the language, history, culture, literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, social ecology, health, medicine, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments in Chicano/Latino communities.


Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) is one of the signature programs at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and a national model for meeting the health care needs of the growing Latino population. In response to an increasing need for highly qualified, culturally sensitive and linguistically competent physician-leaders, PRIME-LC graduates will impact health care access and outcomes in the local communities they serve as Latinos become the largest population group in California.

The Center for Research on Latinos in Global Society

The goal of the Center for Research on Latinos in Global Society is two-fold: to examine the emerging role of Latinos as actors in global events (economic, political, and cultural) and to promote Latino scholarship, enhance the quality of research in Latino studies, provide a forum for intellectual exchange, facilitate the exchange of scholars, disseminate research findings, and promote the participation of graduate students in research on Latino issues. In addition, we anticipate that the research conducted by the Center's affiliated researchers will help guide policy makers in their decisions concerning a society with a growing Latino presence.

UC Irvine Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine is at the forefront of innovation in anthropological research, and has become recognized as one of the top Anthropology programs for graduate work in the United States. It is the second largest sociocultural program in the University of California system and among the twelve largest nationally. The Department focuses on social and cultural anthropology, with a strong emphasis on understanding emergent processes and systems at a number of scales, including the local, national and transnational level. The Department fosters a critical empiricism that employs a range of ethnographic, historical, and quantitative methods to address questions of subjectivity, political economy, and social inequality.

Intitute for Clinical and Translational Science

In the late 1990s, a School of Medicine planning group at the University of California at Irvine began the ambitious process of wholly and strategically transforming the conduct of translational science throughout the institution. The planning group embraced its commitment to break down the barriers that inhibit the process by which scientific discovery becomes good clinical practice, train the next generation of clinical scientists, and consistently maintain a bidirectional and robust sensitivity to the community we serve—all goals in line with the mission of the University of California. In 1999, with substantial UCI institutional support, the application for a satellite General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at UCI was funded on its first submission.

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT)

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) is a new organization focused on creating equitable partnerships between university researchers and community residents to promote health equity in Tallahassee, FL. Our goal is to support research and policy advocacy that will lead to meaningful social change and greater health equity in Tallahassee and surrounding areas.

Clarence C. Gravlee, Ph.D. (University of Florida)

Dr. Gravlee is an assistant professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. His recent work has examined the causal pathways of ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in disease in the Healthy Environments Partnership, a community-based participatory research project in Detroit.

Littleglobe Inc.

Littleglobe is a New Mexico based artist ensemble consisting of creative professionals who are devoted to collaborative arts projects that foster social and environmental justice and healing.

Unnatural Causes

Unnatural Causes (2007) is a PBS documentary that looks at the myriad ways growing economic inequality in the United States makes Americans sicker and shortens their lives. This isn’t just about the effects of grinding poverty or the lack of health care that may first come to mind. Inequality hurts the health of everyone, up and down the income ladder—just moreso the lower someone ranks economically.

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