The Multicultural Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) was established in 1985 through a US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) grant to promote and improve family-oriented primary health care and prevention services in an East Los Angeles community.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national Program to Address Sociocultural Barriers to Health Care in Hispanic Communities.
For MAHEC, Proyecto HEAL served starting in September 1992 as an umbrella under which it addressed a variety of community health issues. It targeted health priorities not already being addressed by other programs in the community, rather than as a specific set of programs. A major MAHEC activity under Proyecto HEAL was its partnership with local schools to increase awareness of health care issues among community youth and their families.
- Through its partnership with local schools, Proyecto HEAL enrolled a cohort of 25 student participants each year for four years. Eighty three students completed the program.
- MAHEC, through Proyecto HEAL, formed ten partnerships with other community agencies on issues such as tobacco education and child injury prevention.