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Healthy Neighborhoods helps residents revitalize their community for better health

Asset Based Community Development is a community organizing framework utilized by Metro Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods program – it acknowledges and builds on the gifts already present in communities and invites community members to be co-creators of health change in their neighborhoods.

Community health worker with Metro Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods project works with community members to sustain a farmers market to the neighborhood.

A Walking School Bus is a group of kids that walk to school with adult volunteers who help make sure that they get to school safely. Healthy Neighborhoods’ community health worker in Avenida Guadalupe neighborhood walks with the kids at Sarah King Elementary school to ensure that getting to school is not only safe, but also fun.

Community health worker with Metro Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods project works with youth and families in the Palo Alto neighborhood to adopt healthy habits.

The Highland Park neighborhood has an abundance of fruit trees that produce many different varieties of fruit throughout the year. The Healthy Neighborhoods community health workers support residents in learning more about growing, eating, and donating the fruit they grow.

The People’s Nite Market has been serving the Westside community for the past 4 seasons at Hero’s Plaza (Avenida Guadalupe) and has also reached out to San Antonio’s Eastside community with pop-up markets. Healthy Neighborhoods’ community health workers spread the word about farmers markets, like the People’s Nite Market, that are committed to sourcing affordable fruits and vegetables and serve Lone Star card holders.

The Viva SA Healthy Corner Store initiative is a collaborative effort that began in District 3 as a way to address “food deserts”. Food deserts are areas of town where it is hard to find affordable, fresh produce. Participating corner stores now carry fresh fruits and vegetables at lower than grocery store prices, helping to bring healthy choices to the south side of San Antonio.

A community health worker with Metro Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods program coaches a Girls on the Run team at Villarreal Elementary School. Girls on the Run is a national program and is so much more than just running for physical health; the 10-week curriculum promotes life skills that build confidence and joy in 3rd-5th grade girls.

Students in the Gilbert Elementary Kids School Health Advisory Council (KSHAC) organized health events throughout the school year that were intended to motivate and inspire all students to make healthy choices. The community health worker in the Mission San Jose neighborhood and school administrative staff support these youth leaders through mentorship - in this video students work together to revitalize the school garden and provide a space for outdoor learning.

Youth enrolled in the spring break camp at Father Roman Community Center in the Villa Coronado neighborhood learn healthy habits from Healthy Neighborhoods’ community health workers. The community health workers educate, engage, and inspire kids using the Viva Health education campaign messages, like “Eat Fresh, Feel Your Best”, and hands-on experience with creating simple, nutritious dishes.

Youth play basketball at the Davis-Scott YMCA in the Denver Heights neighborhoods as a fun way to be active and to build teamwork skills. Healthy Neighborhoods community health worker and community leaders step up to the opportunity to coach the youth and provide them with a safe space to play and be active.

Los miembros de la comunidad en el vecindad Prospect Hill de San Antonio gustan jugando al tenis y el caminar como maneras de estar actividad física y disfrutar del tiempo con la familia y los amigos. Promotores de Healthy Neighborhoods trabajan para organizar los ejercicios divertidos en toda la ciudad de San Antonio por mejorar la salud de la comunidad.

Community members in San Antonio’s Prospect Hill neighborhood enjoy tennis and walking as ways to be active and enjoy time together with family and friends. Healthy Neighborhoods’ community health workers organize fun fitness opportunities throughout San Antonio to improve the health of the community

La promotora con el proyecto “Healthy Neighborhoods” de Metro Health enseña a los estudiantes de Camelot Elementary cómo practicar yoga como fuente de actividad física y una forma de manejar el estrés. Las clases de yoga también brindan la oportunidad de hablar sobre el enfoque, los hábitos saludables y cómo cuidar su cuerpo.

Community health worker with Metro Health’s Healthy Neighborhoods project teaches students at Camelot Elementary how to practice yoga as a source of physical activity and a way to handle stress. The yoga classes also provide a chance to talk about focus, healthy habits, and how to take care of your body.

Community health workers, or promotores, provide culturally-relevant health education to the communities they serve. In the Edgewood neighborhood, they are working together to empower members of the Madonna Center to create and maintain healthy habits through gardening and cooking together.

Take Pride in Your Neighborhood

There is no better place to start making a difference than in your own backyard. All children deserve to have a safe and healthy place to live and play. Our health workers help residents find opportunities to create positive change in the neighborhood for a healthier tomorrow.

Whether that's bike paths, a park or a community garden, each neighborhood's needs are different and unique.

Honor Thy Neighbor

Relationships build a community and everyone has something to offer. Like contributing special talents and skills, but sometimes they need to be discovered. We'll get to know our neighbors and create connections. You'll find that they care about something. Let's come together and find out what that is.

People-Powered Change

We know that involving residents in community decisions benefits everyone. Healthy Neighborhoods wants to hear what our neighbors have to say - understand their concerns, dreams and solutions to help make the neighborhood healthy and secure for our children. We'll help define who and what contributes to a safe and healthy life, and lend a hand to improve conditions.

How it works

One local community health worker, or promotora, works in each of the targeted neighborhoods and identifies community resident leadership within the neighborhood. Resident leadership teams are formed in each neighborhood and trained by a community health worker to co-facilitate community asset mapping. Asset mapping is the participatory process by which residents identify their neighborhood assets, which would include individuals, agencies and physical assets. The community health workers will then assist the residents in co-producing individualized community action plans. Residents that are passionate about healthy eating and active living will be supported with resources from Metro Health to plan and initiate evidence-based childhood obesity prevention strategies at the neighborhood level.

Healthy Neighborhoods map
  1. Villarreal Elementary
  2. Five Points
  3. Prospect Hill
  4. Edgewood
  5. Avenida Guadalupe
  6. Palo Alto
  1. Villa Coronado
  2. Mission San Jose
  3. Highland Park
  4. Denver Heights
  5. Camelot I