Healthy Cities, Healthy Residents

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s (HHSA) Healthy Cities, Healthy Residents (HCHR) project seeks to create healthy communities by supporting community-based organizations (CBOs), residents, and cities in working together to advance healthy and equitable planning, policies, and neighborhood environments.

Healthy Cities, Healthy Residents Model

Project Goals and Activities

The central goals of the project are:

1) to increase CBO capacity to advance policies and to implement environmental changes; and

2) to encourage cities to adopt policies and improve environments to prioritize health.

In partnership with CBOs, local coalitions, and cities, HHSA provides direct funding along with technical assistance in planning and development of policies that support active transportation, healthy food environments, and placemaking. Local HCHR coalitions are:

  • Expanding their membership to include more residents and community stakeholders who will champion policy and environmental change in each of the three partnering cities.
  • Training residents using the Resident Leadership Academy curriculum or similar leadership model.
  • Conducting scans of their city’s local policies and environmental assessments of their community.
  • Working with their cities to develop community-driven policies on healthy food systems and active transportation/active living.
  • Encouraging decision makers to adopt the policies and implement environmental changes.

Current Partners

HCHR is a project of the County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego: Healthy Works, which is a collection of programs and interventions that advance the Live Well San Diego vision by addressing chronic disease and promoting health equity in San Diego County. Funded by USDA SNAP-Ed, an equal opportunity provider and employer. For CalFresh information, call 2-1-1. Visit www.CaChampionsForChange.net for healthy tips.

For more information on how Healthy Works is building better health in San Diego County, please visit HealthyWorks.org, contact us at (619) 542-4110 or by email.