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South Kern Outcomes

In 2010, The Endowment will launch 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 BHC

2) Families have improved access to a “health home” that supports healthy behaviors. A “health home” offers a home base for health care where a primary doctor provides culturally appropriate, consistent care and coordinates with other professionals to meet all of a family’s health needs.

4) Residents live in communities with health-promoting land use, transportation and community development. Public officials and residents are collaborating to bring needed business, 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.

6) 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.

8) Community health improvements are linked to economic development. All communities deserve their fair share of economic resources. New projects should balance economic gains with health and environmental concern, and guarantee that local residents reap the benefits of economic development.

10) California has a shared vision of community health. This goal is about changing social norms. It requires a shared awareness of all the factors that contribute to health, a focus on prevention and a movement of people who advocate for health. This new awareness leads to changes in laws, policies and practices that improve not only the health of individual communities, but all Californians.

Julio Zaldivar,
Aug 1, 2013, 3:45 PM