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Case Stories
Health and Public Safety


These case stories highlight examples of incorporating public safety and creating 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.

Some of these case stories were prepared in collaboration with other Institute programs.

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L-R Karen Ramirez, Gareth Howell, Greg Jones, Linda Nguyen, Donnico Carter

Operation Mulch-a-Lot: Long Beach Chips Away at Blight and Green Waste

Vacant and abandoned lots in a community can attract crime, create health hazards or lead to depressed property values. City-owned lots are one area where local government can directly reduce neighborhood blight at a minimal cost. The City of Long Beach has a fairly simple, creative and easily replicated use for vacant city lots that also offers added benefits for sustainability, job training, community collaboration and access to healthy foods.

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Kern County Walking Group Makes Strides in Obesity Prevention

Kern County makes strides towards a healthier and safer community because of an unique collaboration between local officials, the public health department and the Greenfield Walking Group, a local walking group Latino mothers.

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City of Madera Attacks Graffiti and Builds Community

Neighborhood blight and neglect can lead to poor health and costly clean up, so when officials in the City of Madera noticed a dramatic increase in graffiti, they turned to the community for a quick resolution.

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