Best Practices for Community & Faith-Based Organizations

Live Well San Diego strives to connect organizations of every kind—cities and governments, businesses, healthcare organizations, schools, and community- and faith-based organizations—through a shared purpose. Community and faith-based organizations throughout the region have the potential to reach out to individuals and families throughout San Diego County. Working together, partner organizations are sharing best practices and hosting programs that support healthy, safe and thriving communities and congregations.

Community and faith-based partners are working together to support Safe Routes programs, neighborhood clean ups and accident prevention at home for families.  They are also using educational and promotional materials to encourage at-risk community members to eat more fruits and vegetables, incorporate physical activity into their daily routines and work with vulnerable populations for disaster preparedness.  Protecting residents from crime through neighborhood watch programs, promoting drug-free and gang-free communities, and making homes safe from unintentional injuries can improve quality of life.

Resident Leadership Academies represent a best practice partnership between community organizations and the County of San Diego to empower, sustain, and facilitate resident stewardship. Communities are identifying local leaders to participate in training sessions on the topics of community leadership and advocacy, crime prevention and safety, and healthy food systems and food access. These leadership academies inspire action and facilitate sustainable, community-driven change in public health, safety, and neighborhood beautification.  These academies undertake community improvement projects that can help advance the priorities of the Live Well San Diego regional teams. Upon graduation, attendees have the knowledge and tools to train leaders in their own communities.  Community and faith-based partners are scheduled to host additional Resident Leadership Academies in the coming year.

Best Practices for Community and Faith-Based Organizations

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    USDA Farmer's Market Promotion Program

    Funding from the USDA to increase access to and consumption of locally grown foods.

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    Community and Culinary Gardens Toolkit

    Guidelines to ensure your produce is protected from garden to table.

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    Healthy Cities Interactive Map

    Better understand the availability of health services in your area and make maps with your own data.

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    Childhood Obesity Initiative: Community Workgroup

    Brings community organizations and residents together to improve neighborhood food and physical activity environments.