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UCLA Health Care Institute

About the Program


Improving the Health of Our Communities,
One Family at a Time

The UCLA Health Care Institute (HCI) has taught a management systems approach for successful implementation of health promotion interventions in Head Start for nearly 20 years. By building leadership and management capacity in organizations serving early childhood needs, HCI enables early childhood organizations to empower families with knowledge, tools and resources to prevent disease and adopt sustainable, healthy lifestyles. HCI has a portfolio of low literacy health education topics that are culturally sensitive and includes:

Sick day management & injury prevention

Oral health promotion

Diabetes and obesity prevention

Mental health and wellness

HCI provides a structured set of tools and processes for strategic implementation of health promotion, and incorporates various learning formats: in-person education sessions, reading materials and toolkits, webinars and parent trainings. Organization teams also participate as if they were parents in a mock parent-training session that allows teams to experience firsthand what parents would experience during a parent training session.

Since 2001, the HCI has trained over 200,000 families in 7 languages and in 50 states. Its training methodology is used by over 300 Head Start grantees and has consistently delivered measurable outcomes in improving knowledge, changing behavior, and reducing unnecessary utilization of health care services.


Why Is Health Literacy Important?


Health literacy is an essential tool that can help parents help their children meet the objectives supporting school readiness.

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Health literacy is taking center stage as an imperative for improving health care and health outcomes. HCI recognizes that to effectively disseminate knowledge and empower families, materials had to be tailored to the audience’s literacy level, language and culture. HCI recognizes that improving health literacy is a key stepping-stone to creating healthier families, healthier children and healthier communities.

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Parents Are Empowered to Be Their Children's First Teacher


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“We believe health literacy is a door to family engagement, as each fimaly strives to do its best for children, together we are creating healthier families, healthier children, and healthier communities”

Ariella Herman
Research Director
UCLA Health Care Institute 


What Can HCI Do For You?


Increase school attendance

Increase parent’s work attendance

Increase staff, parent, and community engagement

Improve the health literacy of staff and families

Strengthen community partnerships


Publications & Additional Resources


HCI offers valuable resources and tools to promote healthy parenting

Explore our library of academic data, research, and content, created by Dr. Ariella Herman and various other health care experts.


Program Sponsor




Contact Us


UCLA Health Care Institute
Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza, Ste C-305
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481

Email Carol Wang at carol.wang@anderson.ucla.edu.