Our Mission


The Glendale Healthier Community Coalition plans and implements projects that promote disease prevention, health education, clean and safe environments, adequate housing, affordable and quality education, and community revitalization. The GHCC mission statement embraces a broad definition of health which includes the wider spectrum of environmental influences impacting the community’s well-being. GHCC has brought together 52 organizational and individual community members including 14 from health care, nine from city government, two from education, seven from business/media, 11 from non-profit agencies, several clergy, and the balance made up of other community stakeholders.

In Glendale, many shared community health concerns have been addressed, historically, through the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition. In operation since 1990, the Coalition founded Glendale Healthy Kids (GHK) as its inaugural project. GHK is an organization that provides in-kind acute, dental, and mental health care to 700 uninsured children each year. GHCC also created the Consortium of Safety Net Providers to address access to healthcare for low-income populations. Projects included installing electronic medical records at local safety net clinics. Another project of the Coalition, the Quality of Life Measures project, assesses wellness and needs among Glendale residents. The Coalition also is working on the Community Transitions project to help patients recover after they go home from the hospital by connecting them with wellness resources in our community.

Glendale Healthy Kids was founded by the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition and partners with Glendale Unified School District. We ensure that our community’s children have access to health care and health education. We serve a culturally diverse group of underprovided children who need medical care. We match these children with donated services from physicians, dentists, specialists, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Verdugo Hills Hospital, and Glendale Adventist Medical Center. These amazing donors share our vision of a community in which every child has optimal health. The Coalition has our profound appreciation for starting a project that values every child in this community.

“What the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition has done for this community is simple, yet profound: Many parts have worked together as a unit. Over the course of 25 years, the Coalition’s 50 member organizations have methodically tackled universal care for Glendale children, population health in medically underserved areas, assessing community needs for quality of life, medical homes for indigent patients, and access to safety net clinics for all. The Coalition’s initiatives have resulted in significant, tangible health improvements for Glendale. The Coalition is living proof that community organizations working together for change can have a huge impact.” – Edna Karinski, GHCC President

Our Executive Committee


Edna Karinski, Community Foundation of the Verdugos

Karinski-EdnaEdna has been a member of many community organizations, including the Glendale Non-Profit Executive Coalition, the Burbank Non-Profit Executive Coalition, the Glendale Patriotism Committee and Veterans Coalition, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP – formerly NSFRE) since 1992, and the AFP Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Leadership Glendale Class of 2009, chair of the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition, a 2012 Business Life Women Achievers Awardee, and a PTA columnist for the Glendale News-Press. She is also on the advisory board for the Glendale Character and Ethics Project, former Host of “Our Community Today”, a local cable access program sponsored by RightHome, and was elected to the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (City of Los Angeles) in 2003.

Bruce Nelson, Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Nelson-BruceBruce is a health promotions and community development professional with extensive business development experience, including marketing and public relations, board development, financial planning, program design and implementation, and human resources management. A creative executive with major strengths in assessment, collaborative problem solving, visioning, and communication. Bruce has achieved success in widely differing environments by identifying and supporting mission-critical business elements. He has an M.A. from La Sierra University which had a specialized curriculum and focused on “The Dynamics of Change in Complex Environments: A Model for Leadership.” During his time there, he developed a non-linear model for creative change processes common to human experience. He is a proud board member and community affiliate for a variety of organizations that work to improve health outcomes in Glendale.

Cassie McCarty, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center

McCarty-CassieRev. Cassie McCarty, MDiv, BCC serves as Director of Mission Integration at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center. As the mission leader, Cassie oversees a number of areas including spiritual care, bioethics, community grants and community benefit, all for the purpose of ensuring that the hospital’s mission and values are lived out in a robust manner. Cassie is a professionally trained health care chaplain and board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has spoken at national conferences regarding spiritual care, served as a chaplain consultant for health care quality of life research projects, and is passionate about professional chaplaincy. Cassie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.  She is also a spiritual director, having received her training from the Spiritual Growth Center of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Diocese. She serves on the Executive Board of the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition.

Our Vision Statement


A healthy community is achieved when the opportunity exists for the highest quality of life to be experienced by every resident.

Every resident of Glendale deserves the opportunity to live in a healthy community. A healthy community is defined as one in which the optimum health of each individual is realized.

Everyone must be allowed to grow economically, educationally, emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. This growth should include an appreciation of the community’s diversity, arts, culture, the environment and involvement in the governmental process.

Providing a healthy community must be the responsibility of the entire community beginning with each individual and family and include: local government, social service agencies, religious communities, health care providers, the business community, the local school and college districts, the criminal justice system, the media and families. These entities should work together with individuals to facilitate programs, activities and care.

The goal of becoming a healthy community will require:

  • a safe community
  • fiscally sound programs
  • further development of the volunteer spirit and active citizenship
  • new and innovative thinking
  • preventive and other approaches to good health
  • and an emphasis on collaborative methods

Glendale desires to be a healthy community.