About Live Healthy OC


In 2014, the Health Funders Partnership of Orange County launched a unique partnership with the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers and the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and its Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine to transform Orange County’s health care safety net to a system that is focused on creating health and wellness for individuals, families and communities with the ultimate goal of improving population health and wellness focused on its community health centers and clinics.



This comprehensive initiative aims to transform the culture, practice and care delivery models of participating
clinics serving the underserved from a disease-based management model to a sustainable integrated
health approach centered on creating a true community of health and wellness.


To create an Orange County Integrative Medicine Center of Excellence (hub/spoke model)
for capacity, knowledge and skill building in community healthcare centers.


Improve knowledge and skills for Physician and Mid-Level Providers:

  • Knowledge of Foundations of Health of Wellness
  • Knowledge and Skills in Integrative Modalities applicable for primary care problems
  • Communication skills for Healthy Lifestyle Change: Motivational Interviewing, Health Coaching
  • Skills and Knowledge needed for Facilitation of Group Visits


Improve knowledge and skills of Clinic Staff:

  • Basic level Knowledge of Foundations of Health and Wellness
  • Basic level Knowledge of Integrative Modalities topics
  • Experiential – wellness lunch and learn sessions to increase understanding and individual wellness practices

Increase access to Integrative resources and ancillary providers currently not accessible to economically disadvantaged communities by: 

  • Building capacity at the clinic to offer the resource themselves. This would include Health Scholar Student volunteer program – per UCI FHC model.
  • Bring modalities/allied practitioners on site to the clinic (and therefore shared between several clinics)
  • Offer modalities at the central “hub” site of Samueli or FHC Santa Ana for patients to be referred to.


Offer Integrative Health services such as: 

  • Group Medical Visits (combining traditional patient education with Integrative information)
  • Group Classes
  • Group Treatment
  • Individual therapy or treatment: Paired Visits with Clinic Billing Provider or Separate
  • Other Shared Resources

Participating Clinics

The Initiative is engaging and supporting Orange County community health centers and clinics in a collaborative learning and implementation process:

Opportunities will be available in the future for additional healthcare centers to participate.

Our Advisory Board

Gerald Solomon
Executive Director, Samueli Foundation

Mona Shah
Program Director, Health Funders Partnership of Orange County

Laurie Macaulay
Associate Director, Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine

Isabel Becerra
CEO Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers

Ana Urzua
Campaign Coordinator, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities

David Kilgore, MD, UCI
Director, Integrative Medicine Track - UC Irvine School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency

Cheryl Meronk
Director, Strategic Development CalOptima

Ilia Rolon
Health Policy and Programs Director, Children and Families Commission of Orange County

Michelle Freeman
Program Officer with the Samueli Foundation

Rhonda M. Smith
CEO Breast Cancer Partner

Support for the Integrative Health Initiative

The Initiative is supported by multiple funders who believe that supporting clinics in this change process is critical to transforming how health care is delivered to the underserved and improving health outcomes across Orange County. We are grateful to the following funders for their generous support of this Initiative: