Reflections on ‘Building Healthy Communities’


The California Endowment’s discusses what it has learned halfway through the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative in their report, A New Power Grid: Building Healthy Communities at Year 5.

So, what have they learned? It starts with this: BHC will be successful when three things happen to benefit the health of young people in lower-income communities:

  • 100 percent coverage of and access to health-promoting health services for young people is the norm;
  • 100 percent of California schools have wellness and school climate policies and practices; and
  • 100 percent of California cities and counties have established local health-promoting policies.