Southern California Program

Antelope Valley Partners for Health

Lancaster, CA
December 2014

Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) will establish a Family Resource and Training Center in Lancaster, California.  The Center will be a valuable resource in a rural underserved community, where residents and professionals alike feel a scarcity of support in terms of training opportunities and community services.  Compounding the lack of services is the geographic size of the region and transportation challenges.  The Center will provide a place where community members can easily access health and social services to improve their well-being, and will offer trainings, workshops, events, and networking opportunities for community agencies and businesses to improve the level and number of services available to the community.  AVPH will provide the building for the Center, where an array of agencies will be co-located to offer services to the community.  Having a health clinic, nutrition services, case management, in-home support, and workforce development in one place will allow residents to more efficiently obtain services.  In addition, the training center will provide a place where local agency staff can receive capacity-building support to strengthen their programs and services.  AVHP anticipates that 3,000 families and 600 professionals will be served.  The W. M. Keck Foundation’s grant will be used to furnish and equip the training center, which will include a catering kitchen, and for a new full-time program/events manager.

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