Video: Public Health is working with community organizations, businesses and residents to support changes that put good health within the reach of ALL county residents.
Partnerships for Healthy Neighborhoods works with residents and community organizations to create neighborhood changes that improve quality of life and support the health and safety of babies and children.
Research shows that neighborhoods that provide healthy, safe, and nurturing environments for children – where families are supported and children are encouraged to learn at an early age – produce children who grow into healthy, successful adults.
Supporting community efforts in central Vancouver
Public Health identified areas in Clark County where children are more at-risk. We then interviewed neighbors and community leaders in these areas to learn about community needs and assets. On the basis of these conversations, we selected the following area of central Vancouver (PDF) to focus our partnership efforts:
Current neighborhood activities supporting family health
There are many things that neighborhoods can do to improve health. Here are some of the activities we are involved with:
Healthy Neighborhoods Coalition – To help children grow up to be healthy, successful members of the community, this coalition has three key priorities: increase access to healthy foods, build and support community-school connections, and build and support community connections for neighborhood initiated work.
Faith-based coffee – Monthly meeting of faith-based organizations and other community partners working collectively to improve health and safety of children and families
Community cafes – Bringing neighbors together for meaningful conversations that lead to community changes that improve the health and safety of residents.
Apartment complex partnerships – Working with multi-unit housing partners to: establish on-site community gardens, implement tobacco-free policies, and connect residents to community resources.
Healthy neighborhood stores – Working with neighborhood stores to bring healthier options to residents. Eight neighborhood stores now sell fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy foods, whole grain cereals and breads, and healthier snack options.
Safe routes to school – Working with schools, families, and community groups to promote walking and biking to school to increase physical activity for children.
Vancouver Summer Adventure – Is a FREE resource guide to healthy summer fun full of low-to-no-cost activities. The goal of Vancouver Summer Adventure is to get families to Eat Smart, Play Hard, Experience Nature, Learn, and Serve. Vancouver Summer Adventure challenges families and friends to have fun together, leading to a healthier community! We ALL can improve our health and develop at least one new healthy habit this summer.
Kids that participate in local activities and events will get stamps or signatures on their guides and turn their guides in at the end of the summer for the opportunity to win fun prizes. The school in central Vancouver (Washington, Roosevelt, Ogden, King or Harney) which has the highest percentage of student participation will win a $2000 prize for their P.E. program.
Additional guides can be picked up at Sterling Bank (3301 Fourth Plain), Vancouver Community Library and Marshall Community Center or download a copy of the guide here: VSAPassportTemplate.pdf