April's Community Convening launched the planning process for the final three years of City Heights Building Healthy Communities (BHC). The upcoming planning process will run from May through December—stay tuned for the detailed timeline—and will build new strategies for current campaigns and define a community vision for the post-building healthy communities period.
"The central goal of BHC is to build power and voice for an inclusive California. At the City Heights BHC level, that's what the Community Convening helps to do, to amplify the power and voice that’s been building and in action over the first Seven years of BHC and helps regenerate those activities into the future," said Steven Eldred, Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment.
The kick-off workshop, facilitated by Paul Watson, Jr. and Dr. Bill Oswald of The Global Action Research Center (Global ARC), guided residents and representatives of community-based organizations that have participated in BHC to reflect on the BHC accomplishments in City Heights. From increased resident engagement and collaboration to policy and systems change, these are some of the accomplishments listed by participants: