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
April 30, 2021
Healthy Learners and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families are preparing for two upcoming online giving days. Both ministries are participating in Midlands Gives (May 4) and Palmetto Giving Day (May 4-5).
April 28, 2021
Joseph’s Home to launch first facility in Cleveland to support medically fragile women experiencing homelessness
Mary’s Home, Cleveland’s first provider focused on the physical and mental health needs of medically fragile women experiencing homelessness, will open its doors in December through generous commitments of nearly $1 million, leaders of Joseph’s Home announced. “Women experiencing homelessness in Cuyahoga County have no place to go to recover from acute health conditions after leaving a hospital,” said Beth Graham, executive director, Joseph’s Home. “These women desperately need a nurturing, caring place to recuperate – not only from physical illness, but also the additional trauma they face from homelessness.”
April 26, 2021
Joseph's Home announces plans to serve women experiencing homelessness through the launch of Mary's Home
Women experiencing homelessness in Cuyahoga County have no place to go to recover from significant health problems. They desperately need a nurturing, caring place to recuperate—not only from physical illness, but also the additional trauma they face from homelessness. Joseph’s Home is embarking on a transformative project with a goal to open the doors to women experiencing homelessness by December 31, 2021. Mary’s Home—a 10-bed facility that was a former school and daycare center adjacent to Joseph’s Home—will serve greater Cleveland’s population of single, adult women who are experiencing homelessness and have acute medical conditions.
April 21, 2021
WKSU spotlights how SPARK and the Early Childhood Resource Center have helped families and educators deal with pandemic effects
It's not surprising that the pandemic has had a major impact on early childhood education. The SPARK program and the Early Childhood Resource Center have been helping families and educators deal with the effects of the pandemic since it began. Radio station WKSU recently featured the work both have done to adapt to continue to provide a kindergarten readiness advantage for families with preschool-age children.