2021 Grants Challenge

Mend MY LA2050 Grant

Mend will use the MY LA2050 Grant for overhead costs, for the purchase of PPP supplies, and to keep our treatment costs low so that healthcare is affordable to those who do not have insurance.


In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

The pandemic has exaggerated existing emotional and physical issues in our community. Our goal is to help people in need achieve optimum health and wellness. Having evolved over thousands of years, Eastern Medicine (acupuncture and all it's modalities) is one of the oldest continually practiced schools of medicine in the world. Eastern Medicine is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve overall health and wellness.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

Mend will keep our treatment prices at a low level and also be able to offer reduced price healthcare to those who do not have insurance and who cannot afford our normal low rates. Acupuncture works by triggering the body's innate healing ability and can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Mend treats infants, children, teenagers, women, men and the elderly.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 50

Indirect Impact: 1,000

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

There are so many people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and all the physical side effects from these socio-emotional issues. I think people are desperate for resources to help them move forward in such a difficult time. If people are given the tools to stay/get healthy the financial burden on the city will be lighter, our workforce will be stronger, and our economy will grow.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

We will measure our success based on our patient volume and outcome. We need to bring more people into Mend and spread the word that Acupuncture and a valid and powerful mode of medicine that can offer help during such a tough time. If patients come in debilitated, and leave a few weeks later after a few treatments with a healthier outlook and tools to move forward, then they will spread the word and bring in more patients for us to help. This grant will also give us the money to advertise our services to help spread the word that we are here to help the community.

Which of the CONNECT metrics will you impact?​

Social and emotional support

Neighborhood council participation

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE