HCBF Contributes to $1 Million Healthcare Investment in Wilmington and San Pedro

For Immediate Release
Harbor Community Benefit Foundation
150 W. 6th St., Suite 203, San Pedro, CA 90731
Contact: Ata Khan, (310) 997-7116

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) has awarded $518,000 in Healthy Harbor grants to organizations that will address Port-related health impacts in the harbor communities of Wilmington and San Pedro. The awards include close to $500,000 in matched funding from other sources, which brings a combined $1 million investment in Port-related health to Wilmington and San Pedro residents in 2015.

The goal of HCBF’s Healthy Harbor program is to identify, fund, and strengthen organizations that are actively tackling Port-related health issues in Wilmington and San Pedro, such as asthma, COPD, and other complications from Port environmental impacts. Programs include home visits for children with asthma, full-time asthma nursing at public schools, air quality education, noise and hearing screening, mobile asthma clinics, and chronic disease self-management.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand LAUSD’s Asthma Nurse project to the South Bay where the need for asthma intervention is among the highest in the county,” said Maryjane Puffer, Executive Director of The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health, a new grantee. “We plan to leverage this investment to bring broader health and wellness services to more schools in the South Bay,” Puffer said.

Once awarded, each grantee will actively work with HCBF on documenting its efforts and impact through progress reports and site visits. Findings and data are shared publicly through HCBF’s annual reports and website for the benefit of the community and the development of future programs. “We look forward to the impact our grantees will make on the community with our funding,” said HCBF Board Chair Sean Hecht. “We are especially proud that our program has developed and strengthened collaborations among health service providers, improving the capacity of our health service network to serve local residents.”

The Healthy Harbor Grant program is funded by the Port of Los Angeles through the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund, which is administered exclusively by HCBF.

2015 Healthy Harbor Grant Recipients:

Coalition for Clean Air
Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma
Providence Little Company of Mary
St. Mary Medical Center Foundation
The Children’s Clinic
The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health
Tzu Chi Community Clinic of Wilmington

About HCBF:

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit
organization formed in 2011. Its mission is to assess, protect, and improve the health, quality of life, aesthetics, and physical environment of the harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington, California, which have been impacted by the Port of Los Angeles. HCBF accomplishes this through grantmaking, independent research, and collaborative community engagement.