The Lothian Community Health Initiatives’ Forum (LCHIF) is a membership organisation and registered charity (SC023808) which supports the work of Community Health Initiatives across Edinburgh.
Community Health Initiatives are local charities, projects and groups that work with communities to improve long-term health outcomes, in an effort to reduce health inequalities. Our members share a common ideal that it is people in their own communities who are best placed to collectively improve their own health and live better lives.
We support members by providing opportunities to meet, exchange best practice and learn together. We also work in partnership at different strategic levels to reduce health inequalities. Forum Manager Stephanie-Anne Harris sits on the the Strategic Planning Group of the Integrated Joint Board.
The needs of local people in communities are ultimately what ought to drive agendas at all levels. We seek to facilitate community participation, collective action, and collaborative working between the Third sector, NHS Lothian and Edinburgh City Council.
Our current members are:
Broomhouse Health Strategy Group
The Broomhouse Centre
Community Help & Advice Initiative (CHAI)
Dr Bell’s Family Centre
Edinburgh Community Cafes
Edinburgh Community Food
Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT)