Community Public Health Teams (CPHT)

The goal of the Community Public Health Teams project is to build a community-centered system of care and strengthen the infrastructure needed to deliver coordinated, community-based services to individuals and highly impacted communities.

Background of project

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for significant investments in Los Angeles County’s public health infrastructure, including partner Community-Based Organizations which were essential for pandemic response. Rising Communities, formerly Community Health Councils, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), will leverage dollars to pilot a new model of public health service delivery referred to as Community Public Health Teams (CPHTs).

Overview of project

CPHTs will consist of coordinated, place-based, and community-driven health practitioners who will work together with community members to identify local health priorities, reduce gaps in health outcomes, and improve the conditions essential for overall health and well-being in high-need communities throughout Los Angeles County. CPHTs will use a shared leadership model; each CPHT will consist of staff from Community-Based Organizations, Health Care Partners/Federally Qualified Health Centers, and dedicated existing staff from LACDPH who will work together to provide targeted outreach, engagement, and services in select communities with the shared goal of improving health and well-being. CPHTs will be geographically distributed across ten high-need communities and located across all five Supervisorial Districts.

A Community-Based Organization is defined as a nonprofit organization within Los Angeles County that is representative of a community or significant segments of a community; and provides educational or related services to individuals in the community.

Health care partners are defined as community-driven, non-profit clinics, not-for-profit community hospitals, community health centers, or a Federally Qualified Health Center located in medically underserved areas or serving populations that are medically underserved and provide affordable, comprehensive primary and preventative care to all regardless of income level or insurance status.

Rising Communities, as the lead fiscal agency, will administer the disbursement of funds to CPHTs and coordinate with LACDPH to provide ongoing administrative and programmatic oversight of the CPHTs.

CPHT Diagram

Figure 1. The graphic displays the framework model of the CPHT and illustrates all core partners: CBO, HCP/FQHC, and dedicated existing LACDPH staff. As a community-driven project, community members also play a crucial role by providing input and feedback to ensure projects are reflective and meeting community identified needs. CPHTs will identify and secure additional ancillary partners to provide requested community resources and services aligned with community-identified needs (e.g., businesses, education sector, social service organizations, etc.). The tan boxes display potential roles and responsibilities of core partners. There will be flexibility for roles and responsibilities between partners.


The values below represent the guiding principles of the CPHTs and how partners and community members are engaged and acknowledged. These values will be engrained in all services provided by the CPHTs and should anchor the pilot project.

System equity

CPHT partners will work with communities to ensure that all community members in the service area have access to the goods, services, resources, and power needed for optimal health and well-being.


CPHT partners will actively plan for the continued support of community commitments, investments, and assets to achieve long-term program and population outcomes.

Quality assurance

CPHT partners will build in accountability and monitoring mechanisms to ensure that ongoing program activities are implemented as planned and that the program achieves intended outcomes.

Anti-racism, anti-discrimination, and anti-stigma

CPHT partners will approach work through an equity lens to help build and repair community trust; recognize and work to dismantle implicit biases in social systems; and be inclusive of all community members without judgment or labels.


CPHT partners will focus on relationship-building with each other and with the community, to operate in a safe space of mutual respect, reliability, and collaboration to focus on shared goals.


CPHT partners will recognize and be sensitive to the lived experience of individuals that have experienced trauma (e.g., historical, physical, emotional, psychological, etc.).

Accessible & Inclusive

CPHT partners will value, honor, and respect the rights, differences, dignity, and worth of all people to create welcoming environments that invite and sustain meaningful engagement with community members and organizations that represent diversity in ability, experience, thought, language, and culture.

Community Engagement

CPHT partners will ensure that community members have an important and active role in program implementation, and that activities are representative and reflective of community needs. The level of involvement ranges from information sharing, consultation, participation and involvement, collaboration, and decision-making, to shared power to guide program development and foster lasting collaboration.

Funding Opportunity

This funding opportunity is intended to support up to 10 CPHT high-need communities at $250,000 for Term 1 (2 months), $1,500,000 for Term 2 (12 months), and $1,500,000 for Term 3 (12 months), with the possibility of extension of up to additional 2 years and 10 months (for a total of 60 months or 5 years).

Eligibility Requirements

Proposers are organizations partnering to create a CPHT. Interested and qualified Proposers must meet each of the Eligibility Requirements (can be one or both organizations) on the day the proposals are due.

CPHTs must consist of a partnership between a Community-Based Organization and Health Care Partner/Federally Qualified Health Center.

Partners need to identify the primary and secondary organization.

The primary organization will serve as the lead administrative entity and have the capacity to subcontract with the secondary organization and will oversee all administrative responsibilities.

CPHTs will define communities by selecting 5-8 high need contiguous census tracts

75% of census tracts need to meet the 25% threshold for least healthy communities using the California Healthy Places Index and/or and most vulnerable communities using the Social Vulnerability Index

Demonstrate at least 3 years of experience within the last 5 years, implementing community level programming around:

  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Working in multi-disciplinary collaborative partnerships
  • Delivering health care services

Informational Sessions

Rising Communities in partnership with LACDPH, hosted two informational sessions to provide an overview of the Community Public Health Teams (CPHT) funding opportunity. Informational session materials can be found below:

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Click on the links below to access the following CPHT Informational Session materials:

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