Our mission is to make where we live a healthier place for our residents. We’re doing this by improving employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy foods and more.
As part of the California Endowment’s 10-year, $1 billion plan, we’re helping to build healthy communities because the community is where health happens and that is where change begins.
The Building Healthy Communities (BHC) statewide initiative includes 10 outcomes identified as the main ingredients of community health:
- All children have health coverage.
- Families have improved access to a “health home” that supports healthy behaviors.
- Health and family-focused human services shift resources toward prevention.
- Residents live in communities with health-promoting land use, transportation and community development.
- Children and families are safe from violence in their homes and neighborhoods.
- Communities support healthy youth development.
- Neighborhood and school environments support improved health and healthy behaviors.
- Community health improvements are linked to economic development.
- Health gaps for boys and young men of color are narrowed.
- California has a shared vision of community health.