Health equity is an important part of a healthy, thriving community. Health inequities, also known as health disparities, are strongly related to issues such as unemployment, poverty, underfunded schools, and a lack of affortable housing. Because people in low-income communities are more likely to be affected by health disparties, they unfairly experience higher rates of obesity and chronic disease.
To address this, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with community-based organizations (CBOs), city staff, and residents to build healthier communities through a project called Healthy Cities, Healthy Residents (HCHR). The HCHR project promotes relationship building, cross-sector partnerships, and community engagement to make sustainable changes in city planning, policies, and neighborhood environments.
In partnership with CBOs, community-driven local coalitions, and cities, HCHR project staff work to help plan and develop policies that support active transportation, healthy food environments, and community spaces. Specifically, HCHR staff and partners work to: