About Community Engagement

Why We’re Involved in the Community

We are fortunate that our Health Sciences Campus is located within one of the most dynamic and exciting communities in the world. We are rich in diversity across the spectrum — economic, ethnic, language, gender, ability and health. However, within this diversity we realize that health and health care are not spread evenly across our communities. Keck Medicine of USC, made up of Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, is committed to hearing, learning, understanding and fulfilling the needs of our community through the engagement and empowerment of our neighbors. We understand how important it is to work together to advance health care knowledge and services in our neighborhood.

Our Outreach

We participate in a multitude of outreach events geared to different community groups. Whether it’s the Mariachi Festival in Boyle Heights or the Skid Row Carnival of Love in downtown Los Angeles, Keck Medicine and Keck School faculty, physicians, students and staff are onsite to offer blood pressure checks, flu shots and preventive health education.

We hosted the first Lead Summit in September of 2018 that brought together academia, community residents and community and faith-based organizations to address lead toxicity and clean up in our neighboring communities.

Our weekly Keck Farmer’s Market offers local residents access to healthy, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables right here on our Health Sciences Campus.

For many years, we also have sponsored the LA Marathon, providing medical services and first aid to athletes and spectators alike, and on a weekly basis organize and meet with community residents via our Adelante program for physical activity at the Hazard Park gym.

Our Mission

Keck School of Medicine of USC and Keck Medicine of USC are committed to hearing, learning, understanding and fulfilling the needs of our community through the engagement and empowerment of our neighbors.

We understand the importance of collaboration and the advancement of health care knowledge and services. We accomplish this mission by:

  • Identifying the issues impacting our local communities
  • Acknowledging and addressing barriers to health
  • Engaging in basic research with translational potential– from cell to society
  • Providing world-class, compassionate care to all

USC Civic Engagement

Throughout its storied history, USC has placed a high value on being a good neighbor—and on programs and projects that have a positive impact on surrounding neighborhoods. USC Civic Engagement supports and promotes more than 400 community initiatives in our local neighborhoods.

Learn more about events and efforts organized by USC Civic Engagement here: communities.usc.edu.