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Merced Outcomes

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Building Healthy Communities

In 2010, The 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.

In August 2010, after many community meetings, the Building Healthy Communities Merced community and local stakeholders came to an agreement about which of The California Endowment's Top 10 Outcomes would be our priorities to work on for the first 2-3 years of the BHC Initiative.

Building Healthy Communities Merced have decided to focus on the following:

  • Outcome 5: Children and their families are safe from violence in their homes and neighborhoods.
  • Outcome 6: Our community supports healthy youth development.
  • Outcome 8: Community health improvements are linked to economic development.  

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.

The community shares the belief that to address systems and policy changes, we must work hard to target prevention efforts, engage community members, and create sustainable, community-wide partnerships to support and encourage our children from their first days on.

Julio Zaldivar,
Aug 6, 2012, 11:53 AM