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Building Healthy Communities

In 2002, residents from Cleveland's downtown neighborhoods embraced a program to improve good health and growth in their lives, neighborhoods and community.

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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Recent Blog Posts

February 2, 2023

Central Promise Neighborhood 'reverse ride-along' program featured in Catholic Health World cover article

In its February 1 edition, Catholic Health World, the national newspaper of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, published a cover page article about the "reverse ride-along" program in Cleveland, which is hosted by Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and Inner Visions of Cleveland. The program is a re-imagining of the traditional police ride along as it reverses roles and lets the community design the tour and highlight people, places and resources they would like to introduce to Cleveland's newest police officers.

Promise Neighborhood, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Foundations, Outreach

January 16, 2023

Healthy Learners celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and highlights how it fights inequities to honor his legacy

In a news post on its website, Healthy Learners reflected on the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and how the ministry is able to honor his legacy. The post highlights his legacy, the inequities in health care across South Carolina and how Healthy Learners strives to help his dream live on by working to ensure all children can be at their best in the classroom.

Healthy Learners, Outreach

January 10, 2023

News19 spotlights new Dad's Den at Midland's Fatherhood Coalition

The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, a program of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, has completed renovations on a "Dad's Den" room at its Sumter, South Carolina, location. The coalition is currently fundraising to furnish the room, which will provide a safe space for men to bond with their children. News19 in Columbia recently spotlighted the program's work to complete the Dad's Den.

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, Outreach

January 5, 2023

Joseph & Mary's Home celebrates a busy 2022 and looks ahead to expanding its mission

Joseph's Home - now Joseph & Mary's Home - had a big year in 2022 and has big plans for 2023. Top on the list of accomplishments was the opening of Mary's Home, a new 10-bed medical respite facility for women experiencing homelessness. With the addition, Joseph's Home unveiled its new Joseph & Mary's Home name to reflect the addition of serving both men and women. Executive Director Beth Graham penned a letter highlighting accomplishments of 2022 and looking ahead to 2023.

Joseph & Mary's Home, Outreach