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Fresno BHC Outcomes

In 2010, The California Endowment launched Building Healthy Communities, a 10-year strategic plan designed to improve health systems and the physical, social, economic and service structures that support healthy living and healthy behaviors in California.

Four goals will guide our work:
  • Health systems are family centered and prioritize prevention.
  • Schools anchor communities, promote healthy behaviors and are a gateway for resources and services.
  • Human services systems are family centered, prioritize prevention and promote opportunities for children, young adults and their families.
  • Physical, social and economic environments in local communities support health.
These goals are informed by the fact that health problems are intrinsically linked to poverty, employment, education,child development, housing, the environment and other issues.

Outcomes for Fresno BHC include:

All children have health coverage. 1.5 million children in California are uninsured. Working toward coverage for all kids will improve health care and lower costs in the future as healthy children become healthy adults.

Residents live in communities with health-promoting land use, transportation and community development. Public officials and residents are collaborating to bring needed businesses, like grocery stores, to underserved neighborhoods, make sure parks are clean and welcoming for all ages, and ensure that people can safely walk, bike or take public transportation.

Children and families are safe from violence in their homes and neighborhoods. Violence prevention is not just the business of the police department. It’s a public health issue, and it’s preventable. Youth, parents, faith leaders, law enforcement, and local business are joining forces to create alternatives to violence along with new opportunities for kids.

Communities support healthy youth development. Mobilizing youth as leaders and change agents, and supporting kids to stay in school, find meaningful work, and connect with caring adults helps the next generation to thrive.