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
July 23, 2021
A Father's Place, a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, launched a new program in June called Ready for Life that focuses on teaching high school males the realities of becoming a father too soon, as well as important every-day life skills and decision-making. The program is designed to actively engage both current and yet-to-be fathers in a conversation about making smart choices for the future by helping them visualize all the possible trajectories their lives can take. It was recently featured on WPDE ABC15 in Myrtle Beach.
July 20, 2021
South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families selected to participate in 2021 A Community Thrives challenge
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has been selected for a second time to participate in the USA Today A Community Thrives challenge. In addition to money raised through direct donations to the center and incentive grants through the center's page on the A Community Thrives website, this crowdfunding challenge also awards funding up to $100,000 to nonprofit initiatives focused on building stronger communities across the country.
July 16, 2021
Catholic Diocese of Cleveland showcases progress of Mary's Home - which will serve medically fragile women who are experiencing homelessness
In April, Joseph's Home announced that it would open Mary’s Home, Cleveland’s first provider focused on the physical and mental health needs of medically fragile women experiencing homelessness. Mary’s Home—a 10-bed facility that was a former school and daycare center adjacent to Joseph’s Home—is expected to open in December and will serve greater Cleveland’s population of single, adult women who are experiencing homelessness and have acute medical conditions. The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland recently wrote about Mary's Home on its website.
June 21, 2021
The Post and Courier highlights work of South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families to help men play active roles in their children's lives
On Father's Day, the Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) highlighted the work the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families does to help men play active roles in their children's lives and why dads are so vital to the well-being of their children, the safety of communities and the economy of the state. The article also highlighted the impact the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has had on the center.