Welcome to LTG Associates
Our creativity begins at the edge of the box
A ripple begins with a drop.
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 uses video ethnography to explore raising healthy children in low-income populations.
LTG Associates developed two hour-long video ethnographies for the California Department of Health Care
Services focused on supporting healthy families & communities. Working with professional videographer Erick Lee Cummings, LTG crisscrossed the state
interviewing parents and families for "Raising Up the Children." For "Being the Change" the team worked with professionals providing cutting-edge
services to families & communities.
Whoooosh! That's the sound of LTG coming up for air.
We've been out on special assignment.Watch this space to learn more about our video ethnographies for the State of California, Department of Health Care Services, an ethnographic
study for NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, and a project for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office on Women's Health.
LTG Associates completed two video ethnographies for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
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
"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
Strong Cultures, Healthy Children - Understanding Cultural Assets and Developing Advocacy Networks for Promoting Child Wellness
in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities
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.
LTG Managing Partners Crain & Tashima received honors at the American Anthropological Association's national meeting
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
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
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.
RWJF Grants LTG Key Role in Dissemination of Evidence-Informed IPV Prevention Interventions
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.
Asian American Pacific Islander Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Project
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.