As the idea of Healthy Parks, Healthy People gathered momentum, parks and health agencies from around the Bay Area expressed interest in coming together to coordinate their efforts for maximum impact. In response, the Institute is facilitating a partnership between over 30 parks, community, and health organizations from all nine Bay Area counties committed to leading a regional Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative.
As a first step, HPHP Bay Area launched a coordinated effort to provide approachable, culturally relevant park programming that for communities with high health needs that diverse health partners can prescribe and promote for communities with high health needs. These programs kicked-off June 1, 2013, and will continue the first Saturday of every month.
The initiative hosts seasonal trainings to ensure consistency and effective implementation among all participating agencies. This program also builds in rigorous evaluations to validate the collaboration between local agencies, as well as measure the long-term impact on engagement and support for our parks and public spaces.
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Bay Area Open Space Council
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
San Francisco Parks Alliance