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live / 2015

Own Your Health at Dharma Health Institute: Empowering communities to make healthy choices

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Dharma Health Institute

Our Institute proposes to offer integrative and holistic health and wellbeing prevention and intervention practices to individuals that may not have access to services due to health disparities. Our goal is to introduce health strategies to underserved individuals so that they can incorporate into their daily life wellness practices that benefit and maintain their physical, mental, emotional and life-philosophy health.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Westside
  • South Bay
  • County of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Education

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Healthcare access
  • Obesity rates
  • Rates of mental illness
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Participants will complete a pre and post examination to help in monitoring their progress. One monitoring system we use is the InBody scan: Assesses Percentage of Body Fat, Body Mass Index, Body Strength, Intra/Extracellular water, and Visceral Fat to assess whether at risk for chronic conditions. It can be used with all ages. EKG: Assesses cardiovascular health and heart strength. And, one of our team members is a specialist in evaluation.

At intake, we will assess an individual’s eligibility for subsidized fees. At various points throughout we will ask clients how they are doing, to help catch early issues, as well as give guidance and encouragement; building relationships is important. At the completion of services we will collect Client satisfaction data related to the specific services they received. We will use data regularly collected by the various machines and progress notes from our files. Collectively, this will provide an evaluation picture of clients’ changes.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach