Partnerships for Healthy Neighborhoods (P4HN)
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 – Wants to help connect children and families to opportunities where they can learn how to Eat Smart, Play Hard, Experience Nature, Learn new things, and discover ways to Serve our community.
Printable Brochure: VSA_BrochurePreview.pdf
Ways to participate:
Sign up for Vancouver Summer Adventure
Are you looking for fun and adventure this summer? Want to win prizes? Participation is easy! Simply visit our website at www.vancouversummeradventure.com and sign up. Once you have signed up, checkout our calendar page and pick out which activities you want to attend.
Form a Nature Explore Club: A Free program designed to encourage families to get outside and explore their local parks, trails, and open spaces. Sign up to be a club leader by calling (360) 891-5001 or fill out an application to reserve a backpack. Backpacks can also be checked out at the following locations: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor's Office at 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682 at the front desk and Vancouver Community Library at 901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 on the 3rd floor children's library section.
Keep: To stay up-to-date on the latest activities and events this summer, follow us on Facebook: Vancouver Summer Adventure | Facebook
Youth photo voice projects – Engaging and empowering youth to use photos to tell and use their stories to implement change in their neighborhoods.
Community support and leadership – Building community support and leadership by providing training opportunities and “hands-on” staff support for community-led events and activities.
For more information, please contact us at (360) 397-8056 or P4HN@clark.wa.gov.