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.
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September 21, 2021
Joseph's Home executive director and Perseverance in Hope keynote speaker to talk about medical respite Sept 22 on Ideastream Public Media
Joseph's Home Executive Director Beth Graham and Bobby Watts, keynote speaker for the upcoming Perseverance in Hope Benefit Luncheon and National Health Care for the Homeless Council CEO, will talk about medical respite and its importance in the community on Ideastream Public Media’s program, The Sound of Ideas, on Wednesday, September 22, at 9 a.m.
September 9, 2021
The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) recently spotlighted Father to Father, Inc. and the life-changing work for fathers and their families the fatherhood program is making happen every
September 3, 2021
Upstate Fatherhood Coalition one of only 10 organizations in South Carolina to receive grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for workforce development
The Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, which is a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, is one of only 10 organizations in South Carolina to receive a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for building and enhancing strategic engineering initiatives that will help grow the energy industry’s workforce of tomorrow. The grants are designed to strengthen programs that serve underrepresented audiences, including minorities and military veterans.
September 2, 2021
Healthy Learners is expanding its annual Songwriters in the Round fundraiser to include an event in Georgetown, South Carolina, on September 11 and a second event in Columbia on October 1. At this popular fundraiser, which is designed in the spirit of Nashville and the famous Bluebird Cafe, attendees can hear songwriters share the songs they’ve written for many of the stars of country music and the stories behind the songs.