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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Contributing Partners

Bay Area Open Space Council
California State Parks
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
Crissy Field Center
East Bay Regional Parks District
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, NPS
Greater Vallejo Recreation District
Institute at the Golden Gate

John Muir National Historic Site, NPS
Latino Outdoors
Marin County Parks
Marin Health and Human Services

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District
National Park Service, Pacific West Region
Network for a Healthy California
Point Bonita YMCA, YMCA of San Francisco

Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Point Reyes National Seashore, NPS

Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historical Park, NPS

San Francisco Bay Trail Project
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, NPS

San Francisco Parks Alliance
San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department
San Mateo County Parks
Santa Clara County Department of Parks and Recreation
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
SF State University
Solano County Department of Health and Social Services
Solano County Parks and Recreation Division
Sonoma County Parks
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
U.S. FWS, Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge