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What is the Healthy Community Zones Initiative?

”There are assets and gifts out there in communities, and our job as good servants and as good leaders is not only just being humble, but it’s having the ability to recognize those gifts in others, and help them put those gifts into action.” - Michelle Obama

Healthy Community Zones Initiative is a new, comprehensive project from Broward Regional Health Planning Council’s (BRHPC) Partnerships Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) Initiative. It is an exciting and ambitious new program through which the TOUCH Initiative leverages years of experience in leading coalitions with multiple local partners and community organizations. TOUCH will oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of numerous community health interventions, as well as empowering professionals, organizations and community residents to coordinate and scale their efforts in innovative ways and therefore maximize results.

A Healthy Community Zone (HCZ) is defined as a Broward County community which has been selected by TOUCH and an independent panel to form partnerships with existing organizations, resources and local residents in order to develop a shared vision of health, economic development and education for their neighborhoods. The Initiative will allow existing community efforts to scale up and become more effective, while positively impacting the well-being and health of the residents in each Healthy Community Zone.

After a rigorous selection process the following communities have been selected as the initial Healthy Community Zones:

  • Dania Beach;
  • Hallandale Beach;
  • City of Fort Lauderdale, Sistrunk Corridor;
  • A section of unincorporated Broward County designated as the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD).

Each of the four HCZs, their existing community resources, as well local residents will join with TOUCH and our amazing Partners in envisioning, designing and implementing improvements in the four (4) TOUCH Focus Areas: Tobacco Free Living; Active Living & Healthy Eating; Healthy Built Environments; and Clinical and Community Linkages.

“These innovative Healthy Community Zone recipients will receive over $100,000 in technical assistance to energize their residents to take an active role in their health and the health of their community. By working together for a healthier community, these HCZ recipients will help reduce the leading causes of diseases, chronic conditions and early deaths affecting their residents.” – Michael De Lucca, President and CEO of BRHPC

HCZ's will benefit communities by:

  • Providing more than $100,000 worth of in-kind Technical Assistance.
  • Helping to improve the community’s health and wellbeing.
  • Providing opportunities to partner and collaborate with TOUCH and leading community organizations.
  • Fostering a shared vision of health, economic development, and education in Broward County.
  • Envisioning and designing improvements for the community in the four TOUCH Focus Areas.
  • Ensuring that each selected community is recognized as a Healthy Community Zone and showcased at the National level.
 

Explore the HCZs

Four Healthy Community Zones Were Selected In Broward County:

The Focus Areas

Healthy Community Zones Initiatives Improve Your Community's Health in These Four Areas:

Tobacco-Free Living

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Healthy Community Zones Broward County FL Tobacco Free
  • Improve outdoor air quality in public spaces and/or parks
  • Designate smoke-free public areas and increase availability of smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing
  • Develop and install signage to increase awareness of the effects of second-hand smoke
 

Active Living &
Healthy Eating

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Healthy Community Zones Broward County FL Active Living & Healthy Eating
  • Improve access to healthy and affordable fresh foods and availability of local food sources
  • Increase identification of healthy food options
  • Increase opportunities for physical activities in communities and workplaces
 

Healthy Built Environments

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Healthy Community Zones Broward County FL Healthy Safe Physical Environments
  • Facilitate creation of local revitalization campaigns
  • Enhance built environments to increase opportunities for physical activity
  • Implement Complete Streets innovations and Safe Routes to School Programs
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Clinical & Community
Linkages

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Healthy Community Zones Broward County FL Clinical Community Linkages
  • Implement strategies and services to manage and reduce incidence of chronic diseases
  • Implement Diabetes prevention programs within high-risk populations
  • Perform outreach and provide education to increase use of preventive clinical services
 

The Four Healthy Community Zones

Four sites were selected across Broward County:

Broward County Healthy Community Zones

Meet the Healthy Community Zones Partners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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