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These case stories highlight best practices and lessons learned for collaborative approaches to key public health issues, including safety, violence-prevention and healthy eating–active living.

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Advocating for Safety and Health: Vacaville’s REACH Youth Coalition and the City of Vacaville’s General Plan Update

Advocating for Safety and Health: Vacaville’s REACH Youth Coalition and the City of Vacaville’s General Plan Update

The REACH Youth Coalition changed the process for identifying gaps and problems in the community. The REACH Youth Coalition worked with Vacaville Unified School District to conduct surveys of middle school youth on what they saw in their communities. Through this process the coalition discovered that bike trail safety was a critical problem in their community and identified the Rocky Hill Trail, often referred to as the “ghetto” trail, as a specific problem that needed to be addressed.

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Building Healthy Communities: Collaborating to Promote Community Health

Communities throughout California are coming together across sectors and disciplines to build healthy, safe and vibrant places for all children and families to live, work and play. By engaging youth and residents as well as connecting cities, counties, schools and special districts, these communities are working collaboratively to infuse a culture of health into everything they do.

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Santa Rosa’s Violence Prevention Efforts Lead to Success

Faced with an alarming increase in crime and violence in the early 2000s, the City of Santa Rosa developed a partnership with multiple agencies and community-based organizations to address the unexpected challenge. The violence peaked in 2002 when a Cinco de Mayo gathering erupted in gunfire and chaos. Fourteen years later, violent crime in Santa Rosa has decreased by over 40 percent due in large part to a unique collaborative effort supported by more than 50 diverse agencies and organizations

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West Sacramento’s Path to a Safer, Healthier Community

Westlake Village children enjoy the new playground. Photo by Yvonne Hunter. West Sacramento’s Path to a Safer, Healthier Community is an example of cross-agency collaboration in support of youth and families having access to a healthier community and safer access to get to and from community resources. Click on the article to the right to learn more about how the City of West Sacramento, Washington Unified School District and the non-profit Yolo County Children’s Alliance worked together through challenges to build and develop an important and treasured community amenity.

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Placer County Mental Health Services Act Components - Client Driven, Culturally and Co-Occurring Competent, MHSA and Wellness & Recovery Focused

Systems Change: Placer County’s Campaign for Community Wellness

Placer County’s Adult and Children’s Systems of Care uses a highly collaborative and integrated approach to deliver a continuum of services to children, families and adults in the county. For 26 years, the county has sustained a structural and functional integration of comprehensive services that span multiple disciplines and agencies, using a “no wrong door” approach that allows community members to enter the system through any agency door.

In 2006, Placer County Systems of Care joined forces with consumers of mental health services, community members, school and law enforcement partners, and nonprofit agencies to launch the Campaign for Community Wellness (CCW) to transform mental health services by strengthening the voice of its marginalized populations and sharing the “locus of control” with consumers and community members for decision making around mental health policy and resource allocation.

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Cities Collaborate to Help Give Kids a Running Start for School

The Ontario City Library’s KinderGO program provides library cards for kindergarten students and a book to read in each classroom. With summer coming to a close, cities throughout California have been taking steps to ensure that youths in their community are prepared for the school year ahead. Using programs ranging from truancy reduction to summer reading, cities are taking unique and collaborative approaches to combat summer learning loss and prepare students of all ages to return to school.

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Partners in Health – Planners and Public Health Officers

Local governments use a variety of tools to create healthier, sustainable communities. From general plans, ordinances, transportation studies to fitness programs, collecting health data and creating more spaces to play, both professional planners and public health staff are working towards the same goal – healthier, sustainable communities.

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City of Richmond: Health in All Policies

In 2014, the City of Richmond adopted a Health in All Policies (HiAP) Ordinance and Strategy as part of an approach to operationalize the Richmond General Plan 2030, which includes the implementation of the Community Health and Wellness Element. The goal of HiAP is to “address inequities at the systems, policy and structural levels to eliminate the resulting health disparities.” Recognizing that health equity was an issue that extended beyond a routine doctor’s visit, HiAP focuses on the idea that health starts with where people live, work, learn and play and is influenced by more than just individual choices. With this idea as the foundation, the City of Richmond has collaborated with multiple stakeholders, decision makers and agencies to develop a healthier, safer and more engaged community.

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