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.
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.
Recent Blog Posts
September 27, 2022
Early Childhood Resource Center's SPARK kindergarten readiness program now officially considered a promising practice
The SPARK kindergarten readiness program, which is managed by the Early Childhood Resource Center, has officially been accepted for inclusion in the MCH Innovations Database as a Promising Practice. The database, operated by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, accepts only those practices that are demonstrated to be effective and grounded in practice-based evidence. Funders and researchers look to the database when searching for programs that positively impact maternal and child health.
September 19, 2022
Joseph & Mary's Home benefit luncheon raises $95,000 to support mission of providing healing and assistance with permanent housing
More than 400 people attended the Joseph & Mary's Home Perseverance in Hope 2022 Benefit Luncheon in Cleveland on September 13, helping raise $95,000 to support the ministry's mission of providing healing and assistance with permanent housing. The new name of the ministry—Joseph & Mary’s Home—was also unveiled at the luncheon. The name reflects the addition of Mary’s Home to now serve both men and women.
August 12, 2022
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families receives grants from The Leon Levine Foundation and DreamBee Foundation
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families recently received two grants, one for $75,000 from The Leon Levine Foundation, which will further the benchmark work of the center with fathers and families across South Carolina, and one for $10,000 from the DreamBee Foundation.
August 4, 2022
Joseph's Home and Mary's Home welcomed The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, the bishop of Cleveland, August 2. The Bishop met with leadership and residents to learn more about Joseph’s Home and Mary’s Home, and the ultimate goal of housing as healing. He learned firsthand about these medical respite ministries before he is the keynote speaker at the Perseverance in Hope fundraising luncheon on Sept. 13 at Windows on the River in Cleveland.