“The vision of The California Endowment’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities initiative is to create communities in which all children and families are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.”
What does that mean for Richmond? For Richmond, it means:
We envision a Richmond that is economically viable and sustainable, physically designed to promote healthy eating and active living, culturally vibrant, and connected across generations. Social support and vital services flow through a seamless network of neighborhood institutions and agencies. Community members are engaged and see their priorities reflected in all aspects of the community – environment, governance, schools, cultural life, and business development.
Building Healthy Communities – Health Equity = Health & Justice For All
Health equity is achieving the highest level of health for all people, by improving the systems and conditions for health for all groups, especially for those who have experienced facial, socioeconomic disadvantage or historical injustice. In this sense, health equity is advanced through the fight for social justice.
- Improving Access to quality health care for all
- Ensuring safety in our homes and communities
- Creating vibrant schools & neighborhoods that promote health and success
- Supporting healthy economic revitalization
Healthy Richmond unites residents, stakeholders, and organizations to bring meaningful and lasting improvements to the health of children and youth in Richmond. In partnership with the Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Richmond Youth Organizing Team (RYOT) at the RYSE Center we serve as the support team for the hub in creating a healthy, thriving community. Richmond is part of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities, a ten-year, comprehensive community initiative that is creating a revolution in the way Californians think about and support health in their communities. In Richmond, residents are proving that they have the power to make health happen in their neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention – and in doing so, they’re creating a brighter future for our state.
The Healthy Richmond Planning Process – Community Engagement Milestones
When Richmond was chosen as a Building Healthy Communities site in 2009, we embarked on an extensive planning process to support health in our community. We involved over 1700 residents, community organizations, systems stakeholders, with a specific focus on youth input. The community engagement activities included:
- Involving 140 community organizations and individuals, systems leaders, and residents in a community-wide kick-off event
- Forming the Healthy Richmond Steering Committee and Management Committee in July 2009 to lead the way
- Creating work committees to gather resident, community stakeholders and systems stakeholders input. Additional committees were later created to analyze and present health indicators and policy data, develop the Logic Model, and develop the Healthy Richmond administrative hub.
- Engaging community members and focus groups (December 2009)
- Performing Systems stakeholder interviews and focus groups (December 2009 – February 2010)
- Launching a broad community engagement campaign including door-to-door canvassing, community surveys, and meetings with community organizations (June – September 2010)
- Beginning a youth engagement campaign (July – September 2010)
- Community resident strategy convenings (September 2010)
Where are we now?
- A Healthy Richmond Hub Steering Committee actively supports collective actions and strategies that come out of the Action Teams
- The Healthy Richmond website is interactive and integrates social media as a way to involve the broader Richmond community
- The Healthy Richmond Hub Partners created a Community Learning Plan that helps guide our policy & systems change strategies.
- Resident leadership development that results in building voice & power for a healthy and inclusive Richmond.
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