University of Southern California


Working with our neighbors to build a strong community

HSC Community Outreach

Featured Programs

Good Neighbors Campaign

Since 1994, USC faculty, staff and friends have donated more than $20 million dollars and issued over 800 grants to support local community programs.  2018-2019 grantees include: NAI, Boyle Heights Beat, BOTS (Murchison Elementary), Med-Cor, STEM after school program at Legacy LA, Comprando Rico y Sano (neighborhood nutrition initiative), Get it Straight (Hollenbeck Police Activities League), Al Otro Lado (LAC+USC Wellness Center), USC PT Fit Families (Bravo High School).

Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative

The NAI program supports more than 1000 children in college access programs and more than 600 children in pre-school and early literacy programs each year.  The USC NAI, the universities signature college prep program enrolls close to 1,000 students annually.  NAI is a rigorous, seven-year pre-college enrichment program designed to prepare students from South and East Los Angeles for admission to a college or university.  The first graduating NAI class from the Eastside will be honored in 2019.

USC Family of Schools

Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, Griffin Elementary School, Murchison Elementary School, El Sereno Middle School, Sheridan Street Elementary School

SECE (School for Early Childhood Education)- Griffin Elementary

Founded in 1970 as a teaching school for future early-childhood professionals, the USC School for Early Childhood Education (USC SECE) has served more than 4,700 neighborhood children from 4,200 families.  Today, our Head Start and Early Head Start centers serve more than 500 infants and pre-school children and their parents every year.

USC SECE operates fully licensed child care development center for children ages 18 months to five, and an Early Start home-based program for children from birth to three years. Open five days a week, September through June, the centers offer full-day and part-day classes.

USC PT Fit Families- Bravo Medical Magnet High School

The mission of the USC Fit Families Program is to provide pro bono preventive and wellness physical therapy services to undeserved children, ages 7-17 and their families in the local community diagnosed with or at high risk for diabetes and conditions associated with physical inactivity.  In partnership with the community, intervention will focus on culturally relevant personalized and structured nutritional, exercise and physical activity related education for children in collaboration with their families to enhance potential for long-term lifestyle change.  Physical therapists, USC DPT students, and other volunteers oversee the exercise and education provided to participants.

USC Med-Cor

Med-Cor seeks to increase the pool of high school students of color committed to the pursuit of health professional careers.  We seek to develop a larger pool of disadvantaged students who are competitively eligible for admission to the most prestigious university programs designed to motivate, academically prepare and commit them to healthy careers.

USC PA Pipeline

Once a month, up to 60 high school students from underserved areas of Los Angeles join volunteers from the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at Keck School of Medicine of USC for the Pipeline Program. Students are introduced to a wide range of health professions while attending workshops and practicing clinical skills. Topics include neurology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, first-aid and more. Exposing the students to the opportunities in the health care field, Pipeline strives to inspire and guide them to attain their future careers.


Founded in 1980 and formally titled the USC Science, Technology and Research (STAR) /Engineering for Health Academy (EHA) program.  This program brings together USC scientists and engineers with students at Bravo Medical Magnet High School.  Throughout the year, high school students conduct original research projects under the careful guidance of USC postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and laboratory directors. The programs have had a 100 percent success rate of participants going on to college, with a large percentage attending top universities such as USC, Stanford, Caltech, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Brown and Berkeley.


The Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI), a multifaceted resource for clinical and community-partnered translational research. Set in the urban heart of Los Angeles where 85% of residents are from minority groups, 90 languages are spoken, and disease burden is high, we support researchers who face special challenges above and beyond traditional research hurdles. We view these challenges as opportunities to make research with diverse populations easier and more beneficial for our communities.

We are proud to provide pilot funding, diverse training opportunities, robust clinical research support, digital recruitment methods, community connections, and many other tools to more than 800 investigators working at USC, CHLA, the LA County Department of Health Services and in the communities of Los Angeles. Join us as we continue our mission to improve clinical care and health outcomes through cutting-edge research. Click for more information on SC CTSI


HSC Presentation Materials

Beautification Presentation August 2015

HSC Archived meetings 2013-2015

HSC_Master_Plan Q&A