The East Region Collaborative Network (ERCN) joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on January 19, 2016. ERCN was formed in 1998 to unite seven regional collaboratives – El Cajon, Lakeside, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Mountain Empire, Santee Collaboratives, and Spring Valley Youth and Family Coalition – with a goal to establish a region where families are safe, healthy, educated and informed. ERCN works with a number of stakeholders from large municipalities to small, rural communities to distribute information, discuss emerging issues, share policy-related strategies, leverage resources and advocate for opportunities.
Committed to the Live Well San Diego vision, ERCN has been an active member of the Live Well San Diego East Region Leadership Team since its inception, and is represented in each workgroup including Substance Abuse Prevention, Active Living, and Healthy Eating. ERCN has enabled policy changes that enforce best practices in alcohol sales such as the Deemed Ordinance Policy in El Cajon, multi-use of recreational sites to promote physical activity with the Joint Use Agreement in Lemon Grove, and promotion of nutritious food choices by working with regional wellness policies within local school districts to improve the language of the policies and messages to students, staff and administrators.
Through continued efforts, the ERCN aims to strategically integrate community resources which shape healthy, safe and strong communities.