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LTG Associates is a 35 year old consulting firm with a foundation in anthropology and other social sciences. We work locally, nationally, and globally to support the planning and provision of appropriate, accessible, and high-quality health and human services.

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  • LTG Associates completed two video ethnographies for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
    DHCS Logo LTG Associates has recently completed two feature length video ethnographies focused on promoting community health and raising healthy children. The first, "Being the Change" tells the stories of six community leaders providing leading edge services to promote child and family wellness. The second, "Raising Up the Children" features Medi-Cal eligible parents working to raise fully healthy children.
    To see the videos & report visit
    DHCS Obesity Prevention Project.

  • Cathleen Crain, one of LTG's Managing Partners, recently wrote an article with Laurie Krieger just published in the national Anthropology News
    picture of Cathleen Crain "Naming and Representation of Professional and Practicing Anthropologists"
    Names are used to define frontiers, describe characteristics, and illustrate important or hoped-for features. We may give our children names that declare our aspirations for them or honor people who inspired us. Names are also used to denigrate, separate, reduce and can be so powerful that their utterance is forbidden.

    Read the full article

  • Article by Niel Tashima, Managing Partner of LTG Associates published in the electronic Anthropology News on the American Anthropological Association's Website
    Niel Tashima There are few opportunities for professional anthropologists to interact with students, recent graduates, new professionals, and faculty and have conversations about the range and complexity of careers in professional anthropology. Over the 10+ years of the Careers Expo, more than 400 professional anthropologists have participated and shared their career experiences and vision... Read more

  • Strong Cultures, Healthy Children - Understanding Cultural Assets and Developing Advocacy Networks for Promoting Child Wellness in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities
    Link to page with Prezi's Over the past two years, LTG has conducted community-based research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with five communities in seven sites across the U.S., exploring the challenges and opportunities in creating and sustaining early childhood wellness. Read more

  • LTG Managing Partners Crain & Tashima received honors at the American Anthropological Association's national meeting
    Picture of Cathleen Crain and Niel Tashima Niel Tashima, past president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), was honored for his "continuing commitment to the mentoring and inspiration of new professional anthropologists." Cathleen Crain was honored at a special reception and received a plaque inscribed, "NAPA Mentor Program 1990-2015. We celebrate Cathleen Crain for her vision and energy in co-creating the Mentor Program."

  • LTG produced report for Immigrant Legal Resource Center campaign aimed at increasing applications for naturalization of eligible residents
    Logo for Immigrant Legal Resource Center For the past year, LTG has provided evaluation support to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to evaluate the effectiveness of their national New Americans Campaign. A report of the evaluation conducted by LTG Associates may be found here: Read the report

    To read a post regarding the effectiveness of New Americans Campaign services visit

    To learn more about immigration and naturalization assistance visit

  • LTG staff present "We all Eat Rice...? Poi, Potatoes, and Mac and Cheese! Deconstructing Ethnicity for Cultural Specificity," a podcast sponsored by the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) & the University of North Texas
    picture of Cathleen Crain, Niel Tashima, Reiko Ishihara-Brito, and Lillie Dao Listen to our panel discuss cultural strength based approaches for prevention of childhood obesity in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) communities in this session first presented at the SfAA Annual Meeting, March 2014.
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  • LTG's Cathleen Crain has been selected to serve on committees for Society for Applied Anthropology and American Anthropological Association
    picture of Cathleen Crain LTG Managing Partner Cathleen Crain was elected to the Nominations Committee for the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). She has also been appointed by the President of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) to serve on the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA).
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  • RWJF Grants LTG Key Role in Dissemination of Evidence-Informed IPV Prevention Interventions
    picture of RWJF logo The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded LTG Associates an eighteen-month grant to support the replication of two evidence-informed intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention projects. Two organizations that participated in the Strengthening What Works initiative, Migrant Clinician's Network (MCN) and Asian Women's Shelter (AWS) will be partners on the work. Read more

  • Asian American Pacific Islander Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Project
    tropical mountain peak LTG Associates has received a new two-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to explore early childhood obesity in some Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. LTG will work with Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Pilipino, Hmong, and Vietnamese communities to explore cultural assets for developing and supporting advocacy networks around promoting healthy weight in children.

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