Building Healthy Communities is a ten-year, comprehensive community initiative that is creating a revolution in the way Californians think about and support health in their communities. Central Santa Ana was selected as one of 14 sites to participate in The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative. This award and designation launched an unprecedented effort to engage community residents, youth, public entities, schools, businesses, service providers, and non-profit organizations in the development of a ten year plan to build a healthy Central Santa Ana.
Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities (SABHC) is committed to addressing health inequities and improving opportunities for a healthy, thriving Santa Ana. SABHC understands that health is directly shaped by the circumstances in which people are born, raised, live, and work. Improving these circumstances is a collective responsibility and one that must be led by those directly affected.
While culturally rich, youthful, and hardworking, Santa Ana struggles with an array of challenges and hardships. Residents, youth, organizations, and systems collaborate in the Equity for All, Health for All, and Restorative Justice workgroups to achieve systems and policy changes that advance human rights, such as improved health, safety, youth development, education, economic development, land use, and community engagement.
Vision and Core Values
“In 2020, Central Santa Ana will be a healthy, safe and vital community where diversity is a strength and residents of all ages work together and in partnership with multiple sectors to create opportunities for optimal physical, mental, economic and social well-being across geographic boundaries.”
Four principles values drive the SABHC community and its work:
- Family is the heart of community and social change;
- Trust and Respect are necessary to build relationships and work together day-today to reach our long term goals;
- Mutual accountability, transparency and accountability across affinity groups (systems leaders, residents, organizations) are necessary to make the changes we want;
- We embrace diversity; it is a strength and infused in all the work we do.
Governance Structure/Estructura de Gobierno
SABHC Sustainability Planing Process
The SABHC Hub is excited to announce that we are launching a sustainability planning process that can chart our path to independence and self-reliance beyond the year 2020.
As you know, Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities was envisioned as a 10-year initiative ending in 2020, but it is clear that the work we have undertaken together will not finish then. The time has come to engage SABHC stakeholders – youth, adults, and organizations – in an inclusive planning process that identifies our needs and interests beyond 2020, and if necessary articulates our long-term vision, mission, and organizational goals to sustain our work for as long as it takes.
The Hub is committed to making this a highly participatory planning process—the future of our work together cannot be designed without you! The process began in November with conversations about SABHC’s long term mission, and it will pick up speed in January with the goal of finishing by July 2018. In addition to the involvement of the Board Committee and all three Work Groups, we are creating a Sustainability Planning Committee with representation from the Board Committee, Hub staff, and several other SABHC stakeholders. We will be asking for input and feedback on a monthly basis in each of the three Work Groups, and we encourage everyone to participate in those meetings.
We look forward to working with all of you as we build toward the long-term sustainability of our collaborative work in Santa Ana.