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:

  • Working to include more residents and community stakeholders who will champion policy and environmental change in partnering cities.
  • Training residents using the Resident Leadership Academy curriculum or similar leadership models.
  • 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.

Past Partners

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

This activity is a program of Live Well San Diego: Healthy Works and is implemented by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Funded by USDA SNAP, an equal opportunity provider and employer. This work supports Live Well San Diego, the County’s vision for a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely, and Thriving. For more information, visit Visit for healthy tips. 

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Webpage last updated 7/9/2021.