The philanthropic organization known as California Endowment is the engine behind a 10 year grant program across California cities which suffer from lack of community engagement, don’t have access to healthy foods, and experiences a lot of preventable diseases. South Sacramento was chosen as one of those cities, and different organizations joined together to create the Building Healthy Communities Charette. The BHC Charette is a muti-day planning formation, thrown by Building Healthy Communities grantees, that lets the residents of South Sacramento talk about the issues that are in their community and their ideas which will be taken into consideration.
The South Sacramento residents will come in and give their thoughts on the issues and also give some solutions. Then, all of the feedback, solutions, and input will be compiled into a report that will be presented in November 2014. Different issues will be discussed such as pedestrian and bike safety, economic development, housing, environmental health, healthy food access, and much more. It’s critical that residents attend because they live inside of the communities and see the things that need to be changed. The first workshop of the BHC Charette will be held at Ebenezer Christian Center (6428 MLK Jr. Blvd) from 5:00-6:30pm on Monday, August 11th.
“The idea is instead of coming in with pre-fabricated plan, like the city or county usually does, you start off with nothing and form a plan entirely off of public input over the course of seven days,” says Katie Valenzuela, Senior Program Manager at Ubuntu Green. “It’s a great way to learn and see their feedback reflected in these plans, this improves engagement and overall buy into the results.”
Come to Ebenezer Christian Center (6428 MLK Jr. Blvd) and let your voice be heard about the issues inside your community keeping it from becoming a thriving, vibrant, healthy community. If you would like more information about the Building Healthy Communities Charette, you can contact Katie Valenzuela at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this link.