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Community Building

Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation (BSMF), Operation ReachOut SouthWest supports housing assistance and senior housing initiatives in order to support and sustain strong, stable, and thriving West Baltimore neighborhoods in partnership with Operation ReachOut SouthWest— a coalition of more than 300 community businesses, churches, residents, partner organizations and institutions.  Joining forces in 1997, the coalition developed a 20-year community revitalization plan that prioritizes “Health, Crime and Grime” and “Housing and Physical Planning.”

UMASS Memorial Health System/UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Building a Healthy Community in Bell Hill seeks to address root causes of health problems by joining with community partners to address environmental conditions, access to care, youth leadership, neighborhood revitalization/affordable housing.

St. Joseph Health’s Neighborhood Care Staff (NCS) is a relationship-based community organizing program, created by the hospital and funded out of its operating budget, serving primarily low-income neighborhoods in Sonoma County. Through immersion in the community, the members of NCS identify and support its natural leaders to engage others in working together to improve local quality of life.

Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Healthy Communities Program and Community Vital Signs is a “stakeholder” led initiative that grew out of a creative approach by the San Bernardino County public health agencies in response to the community health needs assessment and has shifted the emphasis from being “health care centric” to one focused on all factors that determine health.

UMASS Memorial, Youth Job Programs leads a coalition of more than 20 local non-profit organizations, businesses, and community leaders to increase job opportunities for 14-to-22-year-olds.  In collaboration with community stakeholders, they instituted a “career expo” to teach local youth about careers in health care.  This past summer, UMass Memorial offered hospital-based jobs to more than 70 youth.