Over a thousand days and countless hours of hard work have passed since the Sacramento region began its Building Healthy Communities Initiative. This July, community members celebrated the Sacramento BHC’s progress with food, friends, and fun at the Louise Perez Community Center and Rainbow Park.
The Building Healthy Communities Initiative, or BHC, is a state-wide, ten-year program funded by the California Endowment. Currently implemented in fourteen regions across the state, the BHC Initiative’s main aim is to improve the health of developing communities.
“[The Initiative] is designed to help strengthen our communities in a variety of ways so that they can be healthier,” says Kim Williams, Manager of the Sacramento Building Healthy Communities HUB. “It’s everything from walk-ability, safe streets, youth violence to school discipline issues, food access issues, health access issues; we want to remove the barriers that are preventing people from being successful and reaching their goals.”
In Sacramento, those involved with the BHC and its mission have been working hard to make a change with regards to healthy food access, youth development, healthcare access, school attendance issues, and more.
“We are putting on this event for the community, our residents, and our young people, as a way to show them and celebrate all the different things we’ve been doing over the last years, as well as to thank our grantees, who have been doing so much work on behalf of the Initiative,” says Williams.
The event offered a chance for BHC leaders as well as community members to relax and enjoy an assortment of free food, including sno-kones and popcorn, and games for younger participants. Families had the opportunity to relax and get to know some of the people making a change in their communities.
Overall, the event seemed to be a success for everyone.
“This event’s really great. It’s nice to have so many members of the community out and so many organizations who want to make this a better place,” says Isaac Gonzalez, Youth Media Coordinator and BHC HUB Member.