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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 has been selected to present a paper at 2018 AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum

    Based on findings from our recent NASA ethnography project, we will present a paper entitled "Working at the Speed of Innovation: Impedance Mismatch in Rapid and Innovation Projects" at the AIAA AVIATION Forum. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world's largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. Read more on our News page.

  • Red carpet moment! Ethnographic videos will be screened at SfAA 2nd Annual Film Festival

    LTG's two feature-length films for California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Being the Change and Raising Up the Children will be screened at the SfAA Film Festival to be held in conjunction with the 78th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 3-7. Our films were selected from 139 submissions from 45 countries. This year's theme is Sustainable Futures which explores meeting the needs of the present without compromising future generations' ability to meet their own needs. Read more on our News page.

  • LTG ethnographic videos for DHCS earn Honorable Mention at WAPA 2017 Praxis Awards

    The Washington Association of Practicing Anthropologists (WAPA) gave LTG its 6th Praxis recognition for the California Department of Health Care Services' (DHCS) video ethnography child & family wellness promotion & obesity prevention project. Committee member Suzanne Huertin-Roberts presented the award at the AAA Annual Meeting in December. Jurors noted LTG's empathetic, ethnographic approach to elicit the health & wellness experiences of families while presenting themselves as learners rather than experts. Read more on our News page.

  • 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. Read more.

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    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).
    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

  • 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.
    Read more    Download podcasts

  • 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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