The competition is open to all faculty members with an appointment in David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This faculty member must submit the application on behalf of the team of partners. Previous winners of the Helping U Help Your Community competition are not eligible to participate.

Applications must involve a joint project between at least one UCLA faculty members and at least one community-based organization (such as neighborhood organizations, advocacy organizations, health service providers, businesses, philanthropic organizations and local government agencies).

Examples of community engagement projects include:

  • community engaged research
  • medical education
  • health services delivery projects

Projects that include collaborations with multiple partners and public institutions are highly encouraged to participate.

Initiatives must demonstrate intent to create impact within one or more of the following California counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino. Submissions can represent new ideas or established strategies with proven impact to improve community health outcomes.


The best entries will be those that present a uniquely effective approach to improving health outcomes in the Los Angeles region. Entries should describe how their solutions are driven by original, groundbreaking ideas.

Innovation does not necessarily involve inventing something entirely new, but may include:

  • Ideas, strategies or partnerships with an ability to replicate and sustain their activities
  • Established projects, which are applied in a new way to reach more people
  • Inventive, effective healthcare delivery strategies
  • Inventive ways to affect health outcomes in the health conditions associated with the greatest morbidity, such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, AIDS, depression and violence

Healthcare Impact

Entries must describe how they are or intend to improve health outcomes. The best solutions will feature demonstrated impact, as well as the potential to grow the impact on a regional scale. Entries should explain how the solution measures impact through both quantitative and qualitative data.


We're interested in ideas that have a clear plan for sustaining successful programs over time, whether or not those resources have already been acquired. They should also have a realistic time frame for implementation. The most successful entrants demonstrate they have strong partnerships to address ongoing needs, support growth, and maintain a clear financial strategy.

Project Scalability

We encourage projects of every development phase to apply. If your project is in the idea or pilot stage, please be clear about the potential impact and proposed model.

If your project is based on an established program, please describe how the project will expand beyond its current state (scalability).

Solutions should reflect the theme of the challenge, Helping U Help Your Community. We want to hear how your proposal will make a meaningful impact on the health outcomes of our community.

Goals & Criteria

The collaboration must clearly meet one of the following goals:

  • Partners with the community to develop solutions that address social, cultural and biological determinants of health
  • Develops a comprehensive and diverse healthcare workforce to serve the community
  • Creates innovative healthcare delivery models that maintain financial stability while serving members of our community.

Finalists for UCLA’s Helping U Help Your Community competition will be those that best meet the goals above and help improve health outcomes in the Los Angeles region.