Community-Driven Healthy Living
Supporting residents to create healthier environments in their communities
Why a community-driven approach to healthy living?
- Community-driven healthy living is built on the idea that people are experts in their own communities.
- Community change often works best when community members drive it.
The Health Department supports community-driven change in two ways:
Healthy Living Grantees: neighborhood-based and culturally-based communities carry out projects to make it easier for residents to eat healthy foods, exercise, and live smoke-free. Check back soon to learn about funded projects!
Resources and Education: we assist groups that would like to carry out a healthy living project. Examples include assisting groups in adopting healthy food policies or providing connections to biking and walking resources. The Health Department is developing resources that community groups can use to carry out projects. Groups can also contact the Health Department with questions or requests for assistance on their own projects.
For more information, contact:
- Corcoran neighborhood
- Other sites will be added in Spring 2014!
Since 2012, the Minneapolis Health Department has worked with four Healthy Living grantees:
- The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, which has been working to the the Corcoran neighborhood healthier. This organization is currenlty receiving funding.
- The Harrison Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota and the Redeemer Center for Life
- Waite House, a program of Pillsbury United Communities, centered in the Phillips community
- WellShare International, which focused on East African immigrants living in Northeast Minneapolis
Together, these grantees have had many successes:
- Healthy eating: community garden plots made available free to families; increased access to gardening resources; recruited corner stores to the Healthy Corner Store Program and promoted them to residents; created system at a farmers market to collect produce donations for food shelves; connected residents to cooking classes and groups
- Physical activity: improved park programming for immigrants who live nearby; coordinated the creation of a bike library; connected residents to a low-cost fitness center; supported Safe Routes to School efforts at nearby schools; advocated for better support for biking and walking in development projects; connected new cyclists to biking programs
- Smoke-free living: convinced the management of apartment buildings to commit to smoke-free policies; educated residents about the benefits of smoke-free apartments
- Communications and coordination of efforts: promoted healthy living opportunities via community newspapers, websites, local TV, events, and asset maps; created networks of residents and community organizations to work together to improve healthy living environments
Looking for ways to make your community healthier?
- Read some ideas for making neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces better.
- The Health Department may be able to offer you help with your project to make your community healthier. For questions about this, please contact Sarah Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-673-3978.
- Visit Corcoran Neighborhood Organization's website to learn more about their work.
- Learn more about the health department's work to support youth in driving changes in their communities (coming soon!)
Last updated Jan 28, 2015