Healthy African American Families II (HAAF) was founded in 1992 by the late Dr. Loretta Jones. It was originally funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to investigate low birth weight and infant mortality in African American women in Los Angeles. Since then HAAFII has grown into a multi-faceted community agency. Part of our mission is to ensure research is being done ethically and equitably in community. We believe in a bidirectional learning model, where all knowledge is important and we hold our partners accountable for reporting back and creating wins for both academia and community.
Our mission is to improve the health outcomes of the African American, Latino, Korean, and other minority communities in Los Angeles County by enhancing the quality of care and advancing social progress through education, training and collaborative partnering with community stakeholders, academia, researchers, and government. HAAF is widely regarded in the community as an advocate voice, and source of education and training around disparities and research, for the local community. Our partners include Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, the University of California, Los Angeles, the RAND Corporation, and over 150 community based organizations. As such, we are dedicated to addressing social, institutional and policy determinants of health equity.
Healthy African American Families is a non-profit, community serving agency. Our mission is to improve the health outcomes of the African American, Latino and Korean communities in Los Angeles County by enhancing the quality of care and advancing social progress through education, training, and collaborative partnering with community, academia, researchers and government.
Everything HAAF does is for the community. We want to ensure that community members have somewhere to go for basic services and resources. We hold our partners accountable for uplifting and empowering our communities.
Our job at HAAF is to bridge the gap between community and academia. Community may be keen on things academia has no idea about and vice versa. We're here to make sure that knowledge is shared between all parties. We use a bi-directional learning method to share our unique wealth of knowledge.
HAAF’s tagline is "protecting the legacy, continuing the legacy". We are committed to preserving our community and all that is stands for. All knowledge is vital to us and passing it along is crucial. We make it a point to pass the torch to younger people with fresh legs and enthusiasm to continue this work.
Resilience is defined as the ability to recover quickly from difficulties. At HAAF resilience is the foundation we stand on. We've created a model in which we teach resiliency classes to many different populations. We help people tap into their own power and take charge of their well-being.
HAAF believes in partnership whether that be with community members or academia. We ensure that we work together with our stakeholders on both ends of the spectrum to ensure we create and implement solutions that work for the greater good of all parties.