In 2009 South Sacramento was selected as one of 14 cities to become a Building Healthy Community site. Asian Resources was chosen as the Community organization to be the host agency for the planning process and what has developed into the BHC Hub.
The 10-month planning process began with a small group of community residents and organizations and grew quickly with over 6,500 stakeholders providing input into the plan, over 300 workgroup/committee members and a leadership team of 25 steering committee members. At the conclusion of the planning process in June 2010, the data from some 8,000 surveys revealed the top five outcomes and strategies that residents, including our youth, identified as priorities for making our area healthier and safer for everyone.
To date, over 20 organizations have received funding in the areas of food access, heath access, land use, youth development, and more to create that benefits the community. A new steering committee is in place to provide governance, guidance and small grants to community groups. Stakeholders now participate in the Hub, which is the “central table” where organizations, residents, and those concerned in the BHC can come and find out what is going on and how they can get involved.