In May 2009, 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 Santa Ana.

SABHC Strategic Plan


  • Santa Ana
  • Boyle Heights
  • Central/Southeast/Southwest Fresno
  • City Heights
  • Del Norte County Adjacent Tribal Lands
  • Eastern Coachella Valley
  • East Oakland
  • East Salinas (Alisal)
  • Long Beach
  • Richmond
  • Sacramento
  • South Los Angeles
  • South Kern
  • Southwest Merced/East Merced County

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 Education for All 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.



Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities believes community change should be led by those most directly impacted, which is why most of the collaborative work and campaigns are resident-driven. Youth and adult residents have opportunities for leadership development, training, and decision-making. They participate through our 3 workgroups Health4All, Equity4All, and Education4All, as well as being part of our SABHC Board Committee.

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