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
January 3, 2022
Joseph’s Home is one of 16 agency partners of the United Way of Greater Cleveland to receive $2.6 million in grants as part of its Community Hub for Basic Needs program. Joseph’s Home will receive $130,000 for the new Mary’s Home, which will provide a safe place for single adult women who are experiencing homelessness and have an acute medical condition when it opens by the end of January.
December 29, 2021
Healthy Learners joins Growing Rural podcast to discuss how the ministry serves children across South Carolina
Healthy Learners Executive Director Amy Splittgerber and Director of Community Engagement Amanda Metzger recently joined the Growing Rural podcast to talk about the ministry's mission, services and how it is expanding to help more children across South Carolina. The Growing Rural podcast is produced by the South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare.
December 17, 2021
Support from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and Early Childhood Resource Center helps stabilize child care center operations
Early childhood staffing and finances have always been challenging. Even before the pandemic, many centers were struggling to stabilize operations. To provide local support, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton funded a pilot project that helped the directors of 10 Stark County child care centers stabilize workforce retention and financial viability. The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) is operating the project.
November 22, 2021
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, which works to create stronger, more successful families by helping fathers build the skills they need to be responsible and engaged, recently announced the appointment of three new members to its board of trustees. Joining the board are: Dezmond Bernard Sumter, MD, family medicine specialist; Belinda Cook, assistant vice president of human resources, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company; and, Julian A. Ratterree Jr. (Jay), senior vice president, United Bank.