Building Healthy Communities

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In 2002, residents from Cleveland's downtown neighborhoods embraced a program to improve good health and growth in their lives, neighborhoods and community. This effort, known as Building Healthy Communities, started when St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and several partners commissioned a community health survey to provide a broad view of the needs of the Central Neighborhood, where the hospital is located. The results were shared with community residents, leaders and agency service providers, and then experienced facilitators helped residents form conclusions about community priorities during "town hall" style meetings. Attendees responded enthusiastically to this process, during which action teams were established to address residents' most significant daily living concerns, among them the high incidence of cancer among the local African American population and the effect of illegal drugs on our children.

Building Healthy Communities

Since then, Building Healthy Communities staff members have been working in collaboration with residents and service organizations to extend education and practical tools to Central Neighborhood.

Building Healthy Communities and its broad network of neighborhood partners motivate residents to work together with local organizations for positive change, good health and growth in their own lives, their neighborhoods, and the community through numerous programs, efforts and events.

Programming for all ages includes annual health fairs, Great American Smoke Out events, National Nutrition Month events, health-related Red Hat Society programming, youth employment opportunities, nutrition training and exercise classes, E.M.B.R.A.C.E. (Embracing African Cultural Experiences) events, MyCom after-school activities, and the Garden Boyz urban farm project, which has received support from Reimagining Cleveland.

Building Healthy Communities also presents opportunities for local residents to participate in and advocate for programs related to community diversion and delinquency avoidance. And, it includes leadership training and opportunities to help increase the neighborhood's voter registration, voter participation and understanding of government issues.

Today, the program continues as a grassroots collaboration that supports and empowers residents to address quality of life concerns. It has had a positive effect on hundreds of residents in the Central Neighborhood by providing a vision of what can be, as well as a vehicle for achieving the vision. Major sponsors of the Building Healthy Communities program include Arbor Park Village, Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Tri-C Metro Campus, Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.


Building Healthy Communities

2475 East 22nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

p: 216.696.5560

Sharon Glaspie

Director,
Building Healthy Communities

Sharon Glaspie

Sharon Glaspie has been the director of Building Healthy Communities since 2004. Read More »

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Triathlete raises funds for Building Healthy Communities

Jim Assenmacher, vice president of business development at the Sisters of Charity Health System, is raising money for Building Healthy Communities (BHC) by competing in his fourth Ironman triathlon June 29 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.[More]

tags: Building Healthy Communities, Outreach

SCHS employees provide hands-on support to Building Healthy Communities

Employees from the Sisters of Charity Health System recently volunteered their time to help Building Healthy Communities (BHC) prepare its gardens at E. 76th Street and Cedar Avenue in Cleveland for the 2014 growing season.[More]

tags: Building Healthy Communities, Outreach

Building Healthy Communities' healthy cooking classes for teens featured in Plain Dealer

Building Healthy Communities, which supports and empowers Cleveland residents to address quality of life concerns, is currently providing free cooking classes to moms, teens and children in the city’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods. Developed to support healthy eating habits and teach ways to prepare healthy meals and snacks, the classes typically run Tuesday afternoons for four weeks. Recently, The Plain Dealer featured a Building Healthy Communities Teen Chef Class in an article, which also includes a video interview with Building Healthy Communities Director Sharon Glaspie.[More]

tags: Building Healthy Communities, Outreach

Building Healthy Communities offers free cooking classes for children, teens and moms

Building Healthy Communities hosts free four-week cooking classes for children, teens and moms in Cleveland’s Central and Kinsman neighborhoods to teach healthy eating habits, and how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Twenty children recently...[More]

tags: Building Healthy Communities, Outreach

Building Healthy Communities and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center host Celebration of Wellness October 10

Building Healthy Communities and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center are hosting the seventh annual Celebration of Wellness interactive family health day Wednesday, October 10 at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center from noon to 5 p.m. ...[More]

tags: Building Healthy Communities, Outreach, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center