The Creating Healthy Places Strategy focuses on policy, system and environmental change to promote healthy places where all residents have access to health food and physical activity. This strategy places a priority on “people” most impacted by obesity and poverty, and “places” where people live, work, socialize, learn, shop, recreate and commute.
The Creating Healthy Places Strategy combines our previous strategies focused on integrating health language in city and county general plans, promoting organizational wellness policies and systems, and supporting multi-field approaches to policy, system, and environmental change (Healthy People Healthy Places).
Through the Creating Healthy Places strategy, The Health Trust seeks to reduce the prevalence of obesity in Santa Clara and Northern San Benito Counties and change the social norms so that healthy eating and physical activity are part of every day life.
Creating Healthy Places Grants:
- California WALKS – $100,000 over 24 months for the STEPS: Sustainable Transportation Engagement for Pedestrian Safety project to partner with Catholic Charities to promote physical activity and active transportation (walking and biking) for residents of all ages by engaging residents to promote policy and land use changes to improve pedestrian safety and walkability in three East San Jose neighborhoods.
- Generations Community Wellness – $75,000 over 24 months for the Creating Healthy Faith-Based Places project to change faith-based organizational practice and policies to promote healthy eating and active living among members.
- Greenbelt Alliance – $65,000 over 24 months for the Creating Healthy Places: A Model for Neighborhood-Level Planning project to implement the health promoting language in the revised San Jose General Plan in the West San Carlos/Bascom neighborhood and to support the passage of the Mountain View General Plan with strong health promoting language.
- My Three Squares – $50,000 over 24 months for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Partners for Health project to increase affordability and consumption of healthy food by increasing food stamp enrollment through SNAP outreach and healthy food retail at two grocery stores in the Washington neighborhood in San Jose.
- Transform – $60,000 over 24 months for the Creating Healthy Places in West San Carlos/Bascom and the Stevens Creek Corridor project to increase active transportation of Santa Clara County residents in West San Carlos/Bascom neighborhood and along the Stevens Creek Corridor through policy advocacy and community engagement.
- Valley Medical Center Foundation – $150,000 over 24 months for the Farmers’ Market at Valley Medical Center project to increase the availability of healthy food on County facilities through the development of policies and practices to allow for onsite operation of a farmers market and other healthy food resources, as well as a model for integrating those healthy food resources into County services and programs.
- Working Partnerships USA – Up to $150,000 over 24 months for the Healthy Eating Strategies project to increase the availability of healthy foods at small retail outlets (i.e. corner stores) in high poverty census tracts through the adoption of a County Healthy Corner Store Policy.
- YMCA of San Benito County – $55,000 over 24 months for the Creating Healthy Youth: School Wellness Plan to increase the availability and consumption of fruits and vegetables for students in the Hollister School District through a partnership made up of the school district, the Health and Human Services agency, County Park and Recreation and the Community Food Bank of San Benito County.
- YMCA of Silicon Valley, Mt. Madonna Branch – $65,000 over 24 months for the South County Livable Community project to reduce transportation barriers to health promotion programs by changing transportation policy and practices to benefit both older adults and youth.
- Youth Alliance – $100,000 over 24 months for the Youth Advocates for Health project to build advocacy capacity of youth to promote and make policy and environmental changes to support healthy eating and physical activity in Hollister.
The Health Trust received matched funding from the Convergence Partnership Fund of Tides Foundation to support these grants.1
Healthy People Healthy Places Grants:
- CommUniverCity San Jose through the Tower Foundation of San Jose State University – $115,000 over 15 months for the Pathways to Active and Healthy Living Project to promote safe, active living and commuting by engaging residents in the planning of a rail to trail conversion, safe routes to school, and public transportation projects in the Five Wounds Brookwood Terrace neighborhood in San Jose.
- Hollister Youth Alliance – $100,000 over 15 months for the Dunne Park Restoration Project to increase the utilization of Dunne Park for physical activity and increase availability of healthy foods at the oldest park in the City of Hollister.
- Somos Mayfair – $102,5000 over 15 months for the Healthy Schools Project to improve student nutrition in the Alum Rock School District, promote parent and resident advocacy for healthy food in schools, and increase parent and resident access to locally produced food in the Mayfair neighborhood in East San Jose.
- YMCA of San Benito County – $25,000 over six months for the Creating Healthy Youth in San Benito County Project to engage multi-sector stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to make policy and environmental changes to improve the health of youth in San Benito County.
1 The Convergence Partnership is a consortium of funders who share the goal of changing policies and environments to better achieve the vision of healthy people living in healthy places. The steering committee includes representatives from The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Kresge Foundation, Nemours, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve as technical advisors on the committee. www.convergencepartnership.org.