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Building Healthy Communities Community Conversation

Mid-City CAN is inviting residents of City Heights to join the Building Healthy Communities Community Conversation. The event is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. SaturdayMay 7, at the City Heights Wellness Center, 4440 Wightman Street, No. 200.

The Community Conversation will be led by Steve Eldred, The California Endowment's City Heights program manager, and Diana Ross, Mid-City CAN collaborative director. It is a casual discussion where residents can talk and ask questions about Building Healthy Community Initiative projects.

 

Light halal snacks will be provided -- lots of yummy sambusas. Read all the details:

Building Healthy Communities Community Conversation

 

CITY HEIGHTS TAKES FIRST STEPS TOWARDS BUILDING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY

Community members invited to learn about programs on May 7

 

[CITY HEIGHTS, San Diego] (April 29, 2011) – As part of Mid-City CAN's continuing commitment to community involvement, it invites residents of City Heights to come to the Building Healthy Communities Community Conversation. The event is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the City Heights Wellness Center, 4440 Wightman Street, No. 200.

 

The Community Conversation will be led by Steve Eldred, The California Endowment's City Heights program manager, and Diana Ross, Mid-City CAN collaborative director. It is a casual discussion where residents can talk and ask questions about Building Healthy Community Initiative projects. Light halal snacks will be provided.

 

In March 2011, The California Endowment funded more than $6 million in grants. The money is being used for projects in City Heights and related regional activities to begin implementation of the Building Healthy Communities Initiative.

 

“Where you live shouldn’t determine how long you live,” said Steve Eldred, The California Endowment’s City Heights program manager. “And yet a child’s address is one of the strongest predictors of health status, longevity, and quality of life. The Healthy Communities grants intend to make fundamental improvements in policies and the conditions in which families live to transform the health of the entire community of City Heights.”

 

The idea that people’s environment shapes health is new for some. The focus of some of the grants is teaching City Heights residents how transportation, land use, and related policy decisions affect the health of their community, then having them develop a vision for environmental improvements that will improve the health of their families and neighbors.

Other examples of funded projects include:

  • Students interested in the medical field at Hoover High School do four-week, clinical rotations at Rady Children's Hospital and community health clinics.
  • A City Heights martial-arts instructor and parent volunteers stand at high-traffic corners to discourage bullying and keep kids safe before and after school.
  • Students and their siblings receive medical care from a doctor without leaving school grounds.
  • Refugees from throughout the world work together to improve the availability of healthy, locally-grown food in their City Heights' neighborhoods.

 

The Initiative is a 10-year commitment from The Endowment to improve the health of areas of California that historically have been underserved.

 

Mid-City CAN’s role in Building Healthy Communities is to create a place where grantees, community members and other partners can come together to make shared decisions.

“Mid-City CAN creates a big-picture outlook on City Heights’ future,” said Diana Ross, Mid-City CAN collaborative director.

 

One way that it does this is through regular work-group meetings focused around health issues. Another way is by sharing decision-making and information with residents.

 

“Mid-City CAN has a history of working to ensure that the residents of City Heights have a voice,” Ross said. “When Building Healthy Communities first proposed making City Heights one of its 14 sites, we convened a Community Congress to have residents approve the Initiative.”

 

These are the first steps in a much larger journey.

 

At the end of the 10-year process, The California Endowment and Mid-City CAN hope to change the definition of “health.” The organizations want to shift the focus from treating illnesses to highlighting prevention and safe environments that promote the well-being of the entire community.

 

GRANTEES WITH PROGRAMS IN CITY HEIGHTS AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS

Center for Bridging Communities

Center on Policy Initiatives

Childhood Obesity Initiative – Community Health Improvement Partners

The Children’s Initiative

City Heights Community Development Corporation

City Heights Foundation/City Heights Business Association

Dad’s Clubs - SAY San Diego

Employee Rights Center

Environmental Health Coalition

Foundation for Change

Horn of Africa

Huda Community Center

International Rescue Committee

La Maestra Family Health Services

Mid-City CAN

Mind Treasures

Monroe Clark Middle School

National Conflict Resolution Center

Nile Sisters

Nonprofit Management Solutions - East African Healthcare Reform Roundtable

Projecto Casas Saludables

Rady Children’s Hospital - FACES for the Future at Hoover High School

San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage

San Diego Family Care

San Diego Hunger Coalition

San Diego Legal Aid Society/Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy

San Diego Organizing Project

San Diego State University Research Foundation - Wellness & Restorative Practices Partnership

Scripps Health - City Heights Hope

Somali Bantu Community of San Diego

Somali Family Services

Somali Youth United

South Sudan Christian Youth and Community Organization

Southern Sudanese Community Center

Speak City Heights

Sterlington Consulting

Sustainable San Diego – San Diego Housing Federation

Unity Tech Fitness Center

Youth Empowerment Focus (San Diego Youth Services)

 

To arrange interviews with the grantees described in the release, Ross or Eldred, please contact Adam Ward, (619) 283 9624 x 210, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

About Mid-City CAN

Mid-City CAN is a 22-year-old community collaborative. The Mid-City Community Advocacy Network's mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing. It focuses on the City Heights community of San Diego. For more information, visit the Mid-City Can website, midcitycan.org

 

About Building Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion initiative of The California Endowment. In connection with statewide policy initiatives, 14 communities, including City Heights, are taking action to make where they live healthier. They’re doing this by advocating to improve employment opportunities, education, housing, neighborhood safety, unhealthy environmental conditions, access to healthy food and more. The goal: to create places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Ultimately, we’re aiming at nothing less than a transformation in the way all of us think about and support health for all Californians. For more information, please visit www.calendow.org/healthycommunities/

 

About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. From 2010-2020, The Endowment will focus the majority of its resources on its 10-year strategic plan Building Healthy Communities. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.

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