Community services and programs operated by public agencies and community groups provide health benefits by facilitating social interaction and support, promoting healthy living and promoting equitable access to community resources.
Local programs and community services:
Ensure easy access to safe parks.
Create quality recreational facilities and programs.
Increase availability of local school grounds to include after-school and weekend hours to facilitate physical activity, social cohesion, and improved neighborhood safety.
Provide access to health care and wellness programs.
Provide programs and services that promote contact with nature to reduce stress, improve mental health, and facilitate recovery from illness.
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Local governments are essential and important providers of services and programs that promote health and build community. Local agencies provide a host of direct services for health, child safety, education, elder care, job creation, financial assistance and other social needs.
Local governments are essential and important providers of services and programs that promote health and build community. Find resources geared to local agencies looking to reinforce the wide array of services they are already providing to support health, education, parks and recreation, and opens spaces.
These case stories show examples of how community services can support the creation of healthy neighborhoods. Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances